Barristers at the self-employed and employed Bar can apply to be
appointed as Queen's Counsel (QC). They are considered as experts
in their field, generally with a minimum of 15 years' practice.
When a barrister is appointed as a QC this is known informally as
"taking silk" because of their entitlement to wear black silk gowns
in court instead of standard court dress.
* Please note that our statistics on the age of barristers
practising at the Bar are not directly comparable between 2015 and
earlier years. This is due to us improving the way in which we
obtained this information from barristers from 2015.
**Please note that reporting mechanisms have changed over the
past years. As a result of sourcing from various data streams and
the implementation of more robust quality assurance structures some
numbers may vary from previous publications.