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.

The 2019 Competition

114 new appointments as Queen’s Counsel were announced on 16 January 2020.
The full list of appointments, a press release relating to the announcement, and other relevant documents can be found in the current competition link to the left

If you require further information, please contact the Chief Executive of the QCA, Russell Wallman or other QCA staff on 0207 831 0020 or email enquiries@qcappointments.org.

The 2020 Competition

The 2020 competition will open in the week commencing 17 February 2020. Applications will close around the end of March 2020.

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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