Current Competition

2017 Competition

The Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel is inviting applications from suitably qualified advocates for appointment as Queen’s Counsel.

Completed applications with payment must be received by 5pm on 30 March 2017.

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. Those applicants with low incomes (gross fees below £60,000) are entitled to pay concessionary fees, which are half the standard level.  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 2017 and Guidance for Applicants.  The application form is a pdf document 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:

Applicants will be informed in early September whether or not they are to be invited for interview.  Interviews will take place from mid-September to mid-October.  The Selection Panel’s recommendations will be passed to the Lord Chancellor in late October.  It is expected that the appointments arising from this competition will be announced before Christmas 2017.  


If you require any further information please contact Bob Gillies (Operations Manager) or other members of the Secretariat staff on 020 7831 0020 or submit a request below:





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