Welcome to the QC Appointments website.

2014-15 Competition.

Applications for the 2014-15 competition are now closed. We expect to start the process of assessment collection in early May. The Selection Panel are very grateful to assessors for their continued assistance. The Guidance to assist assessors is now available, here and on the link to the right. The electronic assessment form will be available shortly.

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 click here 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 invited from suitably qualified advocates. We welcome applications from solicitors and employed advocates, as well as from 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.

The Selection Panel’s recommendations are passed to the Lord Chancellor, and then to The Queen. It is expected that the  appointments arising from this competition will be announced in  early  2015.


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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