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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 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 24 March 2016.

The cost of application this year remains at £2,160 (£1800 + 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 2016-17 and the Guidance. The form is a pdf and will require you to have ‘Adobe pdf reader’ on your computer (a link to the free download is provided within the form). Previous versions of the application form will not be accepted. 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 2017.

QC Ceremony 2016

The ceremony for those successful in the 2015-16 competition will take place on Monday 22 February 2016.

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.



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