Solicitors may have won the right to appear as advocates in the higher courts, but wigs are out. The decision was made by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Taylor, on behalf of the Lord Chancellor. The practice direction published earlier this week says: 'Queen's counsel wear a short wig and silk (or stuff) gown over a court coat. Junior counsel wear a short wig and stuff gown with bands. Solicitors wear a black stuff gown with bands but no wig.' The Lord Chancellor is to consult further, with a long-term decision expected in the autumn.