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Women still outnumbered in QC nominations

21st March 2012

Figures revealed by a Freedom of Information request made to the Ministry of Justice have shown that just 20 per cent of people nominated as honorary silks in the last three years were female.

According to the official statistics, 17 men and five women were put forward for the prestigious role in 2010, with 28 and seven proposed in 2011 and 17 and seven this year respectively.

Of the females nominated, only Professor Sarah Worthington was eventually awarded QC status in 2010, whilst none were successful last year. The situation has marginally improved in 2012, however, with both Professor Sandra Fredman and Professor Dawn Oliver appointed to the high-ranking position.

With reputable figures in law recruitment across the country striving to ensure that there is increased and genuine equality within the legal sector, it is hoped that the honorary silk system will also redouble its efforts to achieve a more balanced gender structure.