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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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He was one of a record crop of Manchester barristers on the Northern Circuit taking silk, with 10 in total, five being criminal lawyers.
The expression "taking silk" comes from the special silk gowns worn only by Queen's Counsel, who normally have at least 10 years' experience at the Bar.
Douglas worked for a commercial firm of solicitors for six years before taking silk in 2012.
Christine Fairbrother, a divorce attorney intent on "taking silk," or earning prestigious status as a Queen's Counsel, and her daughter Isabelle CissA[c], a design graduate on the London fashion scene, round out this entourage of major players.