The annual round of QC appointments was announced last week. Meanwhile, a man in Bristol has been convicted of imposing a barrister in court.

We would like to offer our congratulations to all of the barristers who have achieved QC status in the announcements last week. Congratulations especially to Blackstone Chambers, 7 King’s Bench Walk and Doughty Street Chambers who were among the most successful chambers this year, and also a big well done to Frances Margaret Heaton at our neighbours Deans Court Chambers who was one of only 88 barristers and 23 women to make the grade. The full list of appointments can be found here.

In other news, a 57-year-old man has been convicted of impersonating a lawyer in the crown court. David Evans, of Penarth, South Wales, donned a wig and a robe to pose as a barrister and represent a friend, Terry Moss, during a trial. At his own trial, it was revealed that Evans had previously been convicted of impersonating a clinical psychologist, and it was in prison serving time for this offence that he met the defendant who he was trying to represent in court. Moss was standing trial for cannabis farming.

Apparently, Evans was caught out because the presiding judge in the confiscation hearing noticed that his outfit was not quite right and that his legal submissions were “hopelessly wrong”. When questioned about the extent of his legal qualifications, he confessed that he had none.

If you think that’s bad, you should have heard his dictation!