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Assessment Collection 2017

We have now re-sent assessment requests to all those assessors who appear not to have received the original requests.  We will be following up those which are not returned in the usual way, beginning in week commencing 8 May.  The timetable remains on track for the outcome of the competition to be announced in December 2017

Russell Wallman
QCA Chief Executive
28 April 2017

Initial requests for assessments were sent out from our IT provider’s site on 13 April.

Unfortunately, we discovered a few days later that a number of the requests, particularly to practitioner assessors, had not got through. We think this was because a number of Chambers IT systems have firewalls which block mass-distributed email, as these requests were.

We emailed practitioner assessors direct from our QCA outlook address, asking them to get in touch with us if they have not received a request.  Over 200 did so, and we have now re-sent those requests. We have also emailed all judicial assessors who do not have an e-judiciary email address (the e-judiciary email address is working well) and we will in the next few days email client assessors.

We apologise for any disruption caused to assessors and for any anxiety to applicants.  We should emphasise that we do not expect this  problem to impair our ability to get a full set of assessments for  applicants, nor should it adversely affect the timetable.

Russell Wallman
QCA Chief Executive
24 April 2017


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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.

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 2017.  

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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