This year we see 119 applicants (last year 128 and the year before 135) for silk in NSW.
Last year 17 applicants made the cut (13 percent).
An incredible 8.4 percent of the 2007 list are women – 10 in all (last year it was nine percent and the year before 10.4 percent).
The Bar N’ Grill is keen to redress the gender “problem” and so it is confidently predicted that this year Margaret Cunneen will take silk and so too might Chrissa Loukas. Both have put in time on the bar council and made other contributions.
Among the chaps the favourites include James Renwick, David Pritchard and Francois Kunc.
That is not to say there aren’t plenty of other deserving bidders, some of whom are well overdue for a pay rise.
Those who manage to muster enough nods, winks and secret handshakes will be announced “soon”.