Definition of take silk in English:

take silk


  • Become a Queen's (or King's) Counsel.

    ‘some barristers who take silk repent it’
    • ‘He was called to the bar in 1913, took silk in 1924, and was appointed a judge of the Queen's Bench Division in 1941, having briefly sat in Parliament as a Liberal.’
    • ‘The 51-year-old lawyer took silk as senior counsel in 1997.’
    • ‘He has been a member of the English Bar Council since 1998 and took silk in 1999.’
    • ‘You took silk in 1987 after a mere seven years at the Bar, a remarkable feat and one which clearly marked your Honour as likely to be appointed to high office.’
    • ‘Such was his immediate impact that he became the country's youngest-ever senior counsel, taking silk in 1979 at the previously unheard-of age of 30.’
    • ‘His exceptional legal knowledge and advocacy skills became widely recognised after he took silk in 1922 and appeared before both the Privy Council and the High Court of Australia.’
    • ‘His rise through the ranks of the legal profession was impressive, with him taking silk at the age of only 42 years and becoming a Recorder at 45 years; in the same year he was appointed chairman of the Mental Health Tribunal.’
    • ‘He took silk in 1957, and achieved professional eminence of the highest order.’
    • ‘Always ambitious, always ready for a new challenge and always able to meet fresh demands, he was a member of a number of committees before he took silk as a Senior Counsel in 1984.’
    • ‘He re-established himself with comparative ease, taking silk in 1953, and becoming head of his chambers in 1956.’