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 expect to open for applications for the 2015-16 competition on Wednesday 18 February 2015 with a closure date of Wednesday 1 April 2015.  When confirmed this website will be updated and there will be a press notice in the Law Society Gazette and Counsel Magazine. Forms and Guidance will be available from this site on opening.


There is now a new page providing some pen pictures of applicants appointed in 2014. Please click the link here.

2014-15 Competition

93 new appointments as Queen’s Counsel were announced on Wednesday 14 January 2015.

The full list of appointments, a press release relating to the announcement, the Selection Panel’s Report on the 2014-15 competition and documents setting out how the QC Selection Panel went about its task can be found below.

The Silk Ceremony will be held on Monday 16 February 2015.

The last date for applicants to submit a complaint about the 2014-15 competition is 16 March 2015.

If you require further information please contact the Head of the Secretariat Russell Wallman or other QCA Secretariat staff on 0207 831 0020 or email enquiries@qcapplications.org.uk

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.

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.



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