Nine solicitors applied - the same as last year when five were appointed. And last year only 93 QCs were made up in total, so the proportion of solicitors who have made the cut has nearly halved from 5.3% to 2.8%. Barristers who applied had a 45% chance of success, as opposed to solicitors with only a 33% chance.
Commiserations to the six who were disappointed. Congratulations to Stephen Jagusch of Quinn Emanuel, Penny Madden of Gibson, Dunn and Nigel Rawding of Freshfields. Drinks on them this evening.
The trade end of the profession fared a little better when it came to the appointment of honorary QCs, which recognise contributions made to the laws of England and Wales outside of practice in the courts. Eight were appointed including five solicitors:
- Robert Blackburn, Professor of Constitutional Law at Kings College London;
- Sara Chandler, Visiting Professor of Clinical Legal Education at London South Bank University;
- Anne-Marie Hutchinson, who specialises in international children's cases;
- Ian Scott, Professor at the University of Birmingham; and
- Joshua Rozenberg, for services to legal journalism, who found success after finally shaving his beard off.
25 female applicants were appointed out of 48 applicants, the same number as last year when only 43 applied. The selection panel commented that it was disappointed that more women hadn't put their hats into the ring, although it pointed out that more than half of female applicants had been successful.