Welcome to the QC Appointments website

Introduction

This website is updated regularly with news and details on current competitions, information for applicants and assessors. Please return regularly to ensure you stay abreast of developments, you may also wish to add the site to your favourites.

The award of Queen’s Counsel is for excellence in advocacy in the higher courts. It is made to advocates who have rights of audience in the higher courts of England and Wales and have demonstrated the competencies in the Competency Framework to a standard of excellence.

Applications are welcome from all suitably qualified advocates – including solicitors and employed advocates, as well as barristers in independent practice. Applications are also particularly welcomed from women, members of ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and other groups that are currently under-represented.

Progress of the 2018 competition

The Selection Panel’s recommendations have now been submitted to the Lord Chancellor. We expect interviewed applicants to be informed of the outcome of their application in December 2018. The ceremony for newly appointed QCs is expected to take place on 11 March 2019.

2019 Competition: Note to Prospective Applicants

Following the consultation earlier this year, the professional bodies intend to make a change to the application process for the 2019 competition, which is expected to be launched in February.

Although applicants will continue to be asked to list 12 cases of substance in which they have been engaged as an advocate, applicants will in future be asked to list a judge, a fellow advocate, and a client from each listed case where possible, rather than listing a total of eight judges, six fellow advocates, and four clients as prospective assessors. A note explaining the professional bodies’ decision in the light of the consultation is here.

The Guidance for Applicants, which will be published in February 2019, will give further guidance about the selection of prospective assessors.

Feedback to QCA

If you would like to comment on the way the competition is currently run, or provide suggestions for the future, please use the feedback form on this site, link to the left, or write to the address under Contact Us.


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