Loud colours are out. Micro mini skirts follow them. Modesty and dignity are emphasized. Hats are off. As are kanzus. Faith is recognized but bound by colour. Shoes are restricted on both form and colour. Wigs are now optional but the robes live on. Neatness is in. Unkemptness is given a bad eye. That is the drift of the Dress Code for Advocates for appearances before Courts and Tribunals as issued today by the LSK Counsel. And to breach this code is a professional misconduct! The Code came into force immediately on its issue - meaning as I got the email on my way to court, I had to hope that 'the immediate effect' could be loosely constructed - heading back home to change my pink shirt seemed rather an overkill.
Interestingly all my plain suits are of no further use to me in court as the code specifically provide at Paragraph 10 that:
"Jackets and Blazers for male advocates must be black, charcoal, grey, navy blue or other darkish colours. These must be pinstriped or plaid in a combination of these colours together with white or cream."
Maybe LSK ought to have hired the services of the AG's drafting team to avert the confusions within the Code. It is just fair and proper to have some neatness in the drafting of Codes even as neatness in our dressing is encouraged. Below is the Advocates Dress Code aka LSK Dress Code (Revised 2013) verbatim: