26th February 2018 is the day for QCs to be appointed with Sarah Lambert and Sarabjit Singh taking silk, accompanied by their families and Senior and First Junior Clerks Matthew Phipps and Andrew Tull. At Westminster Hall they were sworn in and received their ‘letters patent’ from the Lord Chancellor David Gauke. A second event is held at the Royal Courts of Justice.
This ceremonial occasion takes place over the course of the day This year there were 119 new Queen’s Counsel appointed, which brings the number of QCs at 1 Crown Office Row up to 25, 6 of whom are women. The ceremony contains elements which hark back to medieval times with new QCs wearing full court dress, silk gown and breeches, ruffles, jabot, steel buckles and a full bottom wig.
To be appointed Queen’s Counsel is the highest mark of a lawyer’s advocacy skills with the Chairman of the Bar, Andrew Langdon QC, commenting “becoming a Silk involves an extremely rigorous selection process and so I congratulate all of the candidates on their achievements. The award and the QC suffix it brings is acknowledged beyond our jurisdiction as a clear recognition of the exceptionally high standards of advocacy that can be expected of the Bar of England & Wales.”
Congratulations to Sarah Lambert QC and Sarabjit Singh QC.
Matthew Phipps, Sarah Lambert QC, Sarabjit Singh QC, Andrew Tull
Jo Moore, Andrew Tull, Pritesh Rathod, Sarah Lambert QC, Sarabjit Singh QC, Matthew Phipps, Chloe Turvill