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Taking silk: an empirical study of the award of Queen’s Counsel status 1981-2015

Blackwell, Michael ORCID: 0000-0002-7036-9474 (2015) Taking silk: an empirical study of the award of Queen’s Counsel status 1981-2015. Modern Law Review, 78 (6). 971 - 1003. ISSN 0026-7961

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1468-2230.12157


This article considers which junior barristers are appointed to the rank of Queen’s Counsel. The criticisms of the old appointments system are discussed and statistical methods are used to assess whether the changes to the QC appointments system introduced in 2004 improved the prospects of appointment for groups, such as women, that were disadvantaged by the previous system. The results show that under the reformed system groups that were historically less likely to be appointed QCs, such as women, continue to be so. However it is discussed how this may (partly) be attributable to lower rates of application, rather than unfair discrimination among applicants.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Author
Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2015 13:28
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:04
Projects: ES/H013261/1
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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