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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

Interviewed applicants have now been informed of the outcome of their application by email.  We expect that information about the ceremony will be sent to successful applicants within the next few days.  If any applicant has not yet heard, please contact QCA immediately.  The public announcement will follow in the next few days.  The swearing-in ceremony for newly appointed QCs will take place on Monday 26th February 2018 in Westminster Hall.

We envisage that the 2018 competition will open for applications in February 2018. For the information of prospective applicants, the Application Form for 2017 and Guidance for Applicants can be found on the links to the right. This is for reference only; there are certain to be some changes in the Guidance for the 2018 competition.

QCA Profiles 2017

We publish below our (now annual) profiles of a selection of recently appointed QCs.

Alex Allan 5The purpose of publishing the profiles is to illustrate the varied backgrounds and experience of those appointed as QCs. It also helps to demonstrate, through real life examples, that whatever may have been the position in the past, it is no longer the case that advocates have to be white, male, Oxbridge-educated barristers in order to be appointed QC. We also find the preparation of the profiles useful to us, because it gives us the opportunity to gather (admittedly from a small sample) much richer feedback on applicants’ views of the QC appointment process. It is thus a valuable supplement to our annual surveys of all applicants, the results of which are also published on this website.

Sir Alex Allan
July 2017

Feedback to QCA

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