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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.

Advocacy includes both written and oral advocacy before the higher courts, arbitrations and tribunals and equivalent bodies. The advocacy may be in written or oral form but must relate to developing and advancing a client’s or employer’s case to secure the best outcome for the client in a dispute.

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.

2017 Competition is now closed for applications

Completed applications with payment had to be received by 5pm on 30 March 2017.

We currently remain on track for interviews to commence on Monday 18 September with a view to making the public announcement of those successful shortly before Christmas.  We have been informed that the likely date for the Ceremony will be Monday 26 February 2018, at Westminster Hall.

The Application Form for 2017 and Guidance for Applicants can be found on the links to the right, this is for reference only.

Survey of applicants 2016-17

QCA surveyed applicants in the 2016-17 competition to obtain their views about some aspects of the appointment process.  A report of the results is here.

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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