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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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He served as a Recorder from 1981-1993, he took Silk in 1983 and was appointed a Circuit Judge from 1993 to 1997.
Lord Lyell was called to the bar in 1965 and took silk in 1980, specialising in commercial and public law.
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.
Nicholas blake, qc, was called to the bar in 1974 and took silk in 1994.
He was called to the Bar in 1978 and took silk in 1997.
Sir (George) Mark Waller (73) was called to the Bar at the Gray s Inn in 1964 and took Silk in 1979.
She was called to the Bar in 1978, took silk in 1995 and was appointed a Recorder in 1999.
He took silk a year later and was made a judge of the NI High Court of Justice in 1979.
Sir Rodney, who lived in Manchester, was called to the Bar in 1966 and took Silk in l984.
He was called to the Bar in 1984, took silk in 2002 and is also a patron of the Child Brain Injury Trust.
Judge de Haas, 55, was called to the Bar in 1977 by Middle Temple and took Silk in 1998.
Mr Boyd was a solicitor in private practice before being called to the Scottish Bar in 1993 and took silk - became a QC - in 1995.