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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.

The 2018 Competition is now open for applications

The Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel is inviting applications from suitably qualified advocates for appointment as Queen’s Counsel.

Completed applications must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 28 March 2018.

The cost of application is £2,160 (£1800 + VAT).  There will be a further appointment fee of £3,000 (+ VAT) paid by successful applicants.  Those applicants with low incomes (gross fees below £60,000) are entitled to a concessionary fee rate, at half the standard level.  The fees may be paid by debit card (preferred), electronic transfer, or by cheque. Payment by credit card is not accepted.

Click on the links to the right to find the Application Form and Guidance for Applicants for 2018.  The form is a PDF document and will require you to have ‘Adobe PDF reader’ on your computer (a link to the free download is provided within the form).  Previous versions of the application form will not be accepted.  If you need any assistance, please contact the QCA Secretariat:

Telephone 020 7831 0020 or email to: enquiries@qcappointments.org

Applicants will be informed in early September whether or not they are to be invited for interview.  Interviews will take place from mid-September to mid-October.  The Selection Panel’s recommendations will be passed to the Lord Chancellor in late October.  It is expected that the appointments arising from this competition will be announced before Christmas 2018.  

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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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