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ⓘ List of Queens Counsel in England and Wales appointed in 1953. A Queens Counsel, or Kings Counsel during the reign of a king, is an eminent lawyer who is appoin ..




                                     

ⓘ List of Queens Counsel in England and Wales appointed in 1953

A Queens Counsel, or Kings Counsel during the reign of a king, is an eminent lawyer who is appointed by the monarch to be one of "Her Majestys Counsel learned in the law." The term is recognised as an honorific. Appointments are made from within the legal profession on the basis of merit rather than a particular level of experience. Members have the privilege of sitting within the bar of court. As members wear silk gowns of a particular design, appointment as Queens Counsel is known informally as taking silk, and hence QCs are often colloquially called silks.

The rank emerged in the sixteenth century, but came to prominence over the course of the nineteenth. Appointment was open to barristers only until 1995. The first women KCs had been appointed only in 1949.

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