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silk

a name for the gown worn by Queen's (or King's) Counsel (see BARRISTER), hence to take silk, to become such a counsel.
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Lesley Anderson, who took silk in 2006 and specialises in all aspects of chancery and commercial litigation, has taken the role of head of chancery and commercial law.
She was called to the Bar in 1972, took silk in 1989 and became a bencher of the Inner Temple in 1993.
He was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in 1968 and took Silk in 1995.
A former pupil at Goodyers End Primary School, Paul took silk in a special ceremony at the High Court in Hamilton.
In 2018 Heidi Kubik QC took silk and was appointed to the circuit bench.
Although he prosecuted a large number of cases during his time as First Senior Treasury Counsel, since he took silk in 2002, he almost exclusively defends.
A barrister, he took silk in 1986 and was appointed Wales' first Counsel General in 1998 - the Welsh Assembly's most senior legal advisor.
Mr Braithwaite took silk in 1992 and has represented more than 1,000 claimants who have suffered catastrophic brain or spinal injury.