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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.

2016-17 Competition is now closed for applications

Applications for the 2016-17 competition closed at 5pm on Thursday 24 March 2016.  The form for the 2016-17 Competition is available for download via the ‘Quick Downloads’ link on the right, this is for reference only.

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 2017.

QC Ceremony 2017

We expect the ceremony for those successful in the 2016-17 competition to take place in February 2017.

QCA Survey of Applicants 2015-16

For the third year, QCA surveyed applicants to seek their views about some aspects of the appointment process.  A report of the results is here.  Results from previous competitions can be found under the section ‘Completed Competitions’. We expect to repeat this exercise on an annual basis.


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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