Welcome to the QC Appointments website


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.

Applications for the 2018 competition have now closed

Applicants were contacted on 1 May 2018 to ask about any dates between 20 September and 11 October on which they are not available for interview.

Applicants will be informed in early September whether or not they are to be invited for interview.  The Selection Panel’s recommendations will be passed to the Lord Chancellor in late October.

Possible changes to the appointment process

QCA has recently issued two consultation papers on behalf of the Bar Council and the Law Society.  One canvasses a possible change to the way applicants are asked to list cases and assessors and may be downloaded here.  The other deals with possible changes to the way in which issues of character, conduct and integrity are dealt with.  It can be downloaded here.  The closing date for responses to both consultation papers in 31st July.

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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