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.

2015-16 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 1 April 2015.

The cost of application this year remains at £1,800 (+ VAT).  There will be a further appointment fee of £3,000 (+ VAT) paid by successful applicants.   The fees may be paid by debit card (preferred), electronic transfer, by cheque or by credit card.  There is a supplementary fee for payment by credit card.

Click on the links to the right to find the Application Form for 2015-16 (‘form’) and the Guidance. The form is a pdf and will require you to have ‘Adobe XI’ on your computer (a link to the free download is provided on the instructions page (first page) of the application form). Previous versions of the application form will not be accepted.

The online submission process allows you to register, upload and submit your application  form and make payment on-line.

If you need any assistance, please contact the QCA Secretariat:

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

Applicants invited to interview will be informed in September and it is envisaged that interviews will take place in late September, October, and early November.  The Selection Panel’s recommendations will be passed to the Lord Chancellor in late November. It is expected that the appointments arising from this competition will be announced in early 2016.

QC Ceremony 2016

We are sorry we cannot give a definite date for the 2016 QC ceremony at present. For the last few years, the ceremony has been held in Westminster Hall, within the Palace of Westminster.  Westminster Hall can only be used for the QC ceremony when Parliament is in recess.  Parliamentary recesses generally coincide with school holidays, but the recesses for 2016 will not be fixed until the new Parliament begins in May this year. At this stage, we can only say that the ceremony is likely to take place either during February half-term, or around Easter. We will update the website with further information as soon as we can.

************Pen Pictures of Applicants appointed in 2014 

We have prepared some pen pictures of applicants appointed in 2014. Helen Pitcher, the Chairman of the Selection Panel said “We are very grateful to them for agreeing to participate, and for giving up their time to be interviewed. We hope that their stories will be of interest to prospective applicants in 2015 and beyond”. Please click the link here.

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. A further survey will be conducted of applicants in the 2014-15 competition.


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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