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21st Century Silk: Ed Pepperall tells The Lawyer his take on this year’s round

"The biggest mistake you can make is to think you can do it quickly," says St Philips Chambers' Ed Pepperall of the silk application process.

When the QC appointments committee announced that just 84 would take silk in the 2012/13 round there was some disquiet at the Inns of Court. It is the smallest round since the appointments process was reviewed between 2003 and 2006 after just 183 advocates applied. Last year, of the 214 applicants 88 were successful.

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