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take silk

To be appointed a Queen's Counsel (QC) or King's Counsel (KC), the highest ranking position of a senior barrister in the British law system. Primarily heard in UK. Since taking silk, the honourable Thomas Jeffries, QC, has served the public and the crown most admirably.
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Mr Sturman, who was called to the Bar in 1982 and took silk in 2002, helped defend Colin Stagg, leading to the defendant's acquittal for the murder of Rachel Nickell.
Career: Qualified in 1983; Gray's Inn; took silk in 2001; regularly writes and speaks at conferences on sport and the law; co-author of 'Sports Law' (1999, Hart Publishing); has appeared before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland and chaired disciplinary proceedings in a doping case; appointed a chairman of Employment Tribunals in 2001; former secretary of the Bar Sports Law Group 1997-2002.
He was called to the Scottish Bar in 1960, and took silk in 1973.
Lord Lyell was called to the bar in 1965 and took silk in 1980, specialising in commercial and public law.
He was called to the Bar in 1978 and took silk in 1999 specialising in personal injury and clinical negligence work.
Nicholas blake, qc, was called to the bar in 1974 and took silk in 1994.
Sir Rodney, who lived in Manchester, was called to the Bar in 1966 and took Silk in l984.
She was called to the Bar in 1978, took silk in 1995 and was appointed a Recorder in 1999.
He took silk and remained in Birmingham, which not everybody did in those days.
He took silk a year later and was made a judge of the NI High Court of Justice in 1979.