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 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.