Welcome to the QC Appointments website.

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 Selection Panel’s recommendations were sent to the Lord Chancellor on Friday 28 November 2014.  The provisional date for the announcement to applicants of the outcome of this competition is 12 January 2015. We will update the website as soon as possible if this changes. We intend to email applicants at 4.30 pm on 12 January 2015.  The provisional date for the ceremony remains as 16 February 2015.

2014-15 Competition.

There are 224 applications in the present competition. Some statistical information about the applications is here.

The process of gathering assessments is now complete. The Selection Panel would like to thank all assessors, as without their help it could not complete its task. Applicants were informed on Tuesday September 16th whether or not the Selection Panel had decided to invite them to interview. Interviews commenced on 30 September and were completed on 14 November.

Equality and Diversity in the Queen’s Counsel Appointments Process

Please find attached here a copy of the report dated April 2014.

QCA Survey of Applicants 2013-14

QCA surveyed applicants in the 2013-14 competition to obtain their views about some aspects of the appointment process.  A report of the results is here.


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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