Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Some Are Born Great, Some Achieve Greatness, and........

The MoJ has announced the beginning of the process for appointing honorary QCs.

Have a go, why don't you?

Sadly I am ineligible, or I might try to whip up some of the two and a bit million people who have logged onto the blog to put me forward...

By the way... I am told that Hon Members of the House of Commons can be made QCs without the usual tiresome process to go through.  (A commenter says that's no longer so - shame - ed.)

I am also told that those who appear too eager to flash their letters about are known as 'Art Silk'.

I have had a QC MP appear before me and colleagues in the past. Mind you, he was the real deal.




22 comments:

  1. QC MP? Don't hog the information!

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  2. My lips are sealed.

    How much money have you got?

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  3. Is the Rt Hon Lord Chancellor a real or an art silk?

    Baldybeak

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    1. and does he shine a ray on anything ?

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  4. I believe that I was once awarded the Q.E.D. but it has apparently long since been withdrawn because I did not respond to the routine requests for credit card data with which to pay for the gilded certificate, ceremonial necklace, mace of office and ring (and, for that matter, ring tone). Hence I now have to pay for my own tea and biscuits whilst in UK. With cash, I might add. More's the pity.

    Old Geezer, Q.E.D.(Quondam)

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  5. Ken's the real deal, and "parliamentary silk" no longer exists. Sorry to spoil two good stories.

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    1. Harriet 'lead foot' Harman QC MP ?

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    2. She was one of the first crop of 'honorary QCs' after the system was revamped, but not under the old parliamentary system.

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  6. North Bucks JP7 June 2012 at 10:04

    Then there's the former Prime Minister's wife, who - like Martha Costello in BBC's riveting 'Silk' - earned her QC the proper way...

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    1. You mean with the help of a lifestyle adviser?

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    2. No, without the help of festyle dvise.

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    3. Cherie Booth came top in her year in the Bar finals, so love her or hate her, she is fearsomely clever and very good at her job.

      Ninety per cent of the slagging-off that she gets is pure snobbery.

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    4. Perhaps so Bystander, I wouldn't know, but I think her career (income) was very advanced by the fact her husband incorporated laws from the EU, which she has fully exploited.

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  7. Thank God magistrates are not eligible for this honorary title. Some of them would be queuing up for the additional kudos.
    In any case you would be unlikely to suceed BS. Judging by the 2012 recipients, white middle class males would be up against it.

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    1. As a little footnote, there has been at least one QC JP, namely Louis Blom-Cooper (who got his silk first and was appointed a JP some time later).

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  8. There are just to many silks in this legal world- at one time they were a rarity and generally got there because they were damn good. Now its a bit of a snob thing, its not the automatic route to huge hike in fees and lots of those that take silk live to regret it.
    Its still a bit of a money spinner in the commercial world but for those in the spit and sawdust end of the business the chances of getting a 'certificate' for a silk is very limited.

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  9. So Rumpole was right !

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  10. I'm guessing that the QC MP was either Bob Marshall-Andrews or Douglas Hogg, both of whom are a class act and entertaining to watch.

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  11. Perry Mason Qccccccccccccc8 June 2012 at 15:43

    I think Bob got his on merit

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  12. Sometimes one just cannot understand the motivation for an offence such as this. It says something about the previous post on deterrence that a man who must have understood how criminal justice works could risk so much for what was probably so relatively little.
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