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 

We closed for applications at 10am on the 2nd of April 2015. The process for seeking assessments is now complete. The Selection Panel are extremely grateful for the assistance they get from all assessors.

Applicants invited to interview were informed in September and interviews took place in London and Manchester during October.  The Report from the Selection Panel was delivered to the Lord Chancellor on 20 November. This year there were no applicants for whom the character or integrity issue affected the decision whether or not to recommend for appointment. It is expected that the appointments arising from this competition will be announced in early 2016.

For further help and FAQs, please follow the ‘Quick Links’ to the right ‘FAQs for Applicants 2015′.

QC Ceremony 2016

Although this is not a confirmed date, we currently anticipate that the ceremony for those successful in the 2015-16 competition will take place on Monday 22 February 2016. We will notify applicants direct (as well as updating the website) if there should be a change in the expected date.

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

We have prepared some pen pictures of applicants appointed in 2014. Helen Pitcher OBE, 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 2014-15

For the second year, QCA surveyed applicants to seek their views about some aspects of the appointment process.  A report of the results is here. 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.

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.



Site by SHO