FAQs for Potential Applicants

FAQs for 2017 Competition

1.  Timing

Q. I am very busy (or have been ill). Can I have an extension to submit my application later than 5pm on 30 March 2017?

A. No. If you cannot meet that deadline then you will have to wait until next year to apply.

Q. Will there be another competition next year?

A. The intention is to continue running competitions on an annual basis.

2.    Fees

Q. How are the fees set?

A. The fees are set by the Directors (who are drawn from the senior ranks of the Bar Council and the Law Society).  All the costs of the selection process have to be met by applicants’ fees. There is no subsidy from the professions or the taxpayer. We try to keep the costs as low as possible, but operating a process as rigorous as the QC appointment process is necessarily expensive. The current fees have not increased.

Q. Can I pay by Debit / Credit card?

A. Yes. There is no additional charge to pay by debit card and it is our preferred method. If you wish to pay by credit card there is a supplementary fee of £35, to cover the additional costs that this method incurs for QCA. Also note you can only pay by card if you submit your application online.

Q. What are the fees for the 2017 competition?

A. For the 2017 competition, the application fee is £1,800 (+ VAT). The additional fee payable by those who are appointed is £3,000 (+ VAT).  Those Applicants with low incomes (gross fees below £60K) are entitled to pay concessionary fees, which are half the standard fees.  All those appointed also pay a fee for the issue of Letters Patent fee (currently £265).

3.    The Form

Q. Can I have a Word copy of the Form?

A. Yes, but are you sure that is what you require? The PDF form is in a much easier format and was introduced in response to previous applicants’ reports of difficulties with the Word form.   If necessary, we can send you a copy of the Word version of the form but please be aware that there may be difficulties in completing it compared with the PDF form.

Q. Can I have a Braille version of the Form?

A. Yes.

Q. I am having issues with the application form not covered by these FAQs. What should I do?

A. Contact the QCA Secretariat at enquiries@qcappointments.org; or call 0207-831-0020.

Q. I am unsure concerning a number of issues posed by the application form.

A. Refer to the Guidance for Applicants – particularly the notes in part 2 – and if you still need help please contact the QCA Secretariat on 0207 831 0020 or email to enquiries@qcappointments.org and we will be happy to assist.

4.    Service

Q. I am unhappy with the service received from QCA staff; how should I raise the matter?

A. Please refer your problem to the Chief Executive of QCA in the first instance.


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