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.

The 2020 competition opened on Tuesday 18 February 2020 and will close at 5pm Wednesday 1 April 2020.
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 hoped that the appointments arising from this competition will be announced before Christmas 2020.

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We publish below our (now annual) profiles of a selection of recently appointed QCs.
All of the forms you need to apply to be a member of the Queen’s Counsel

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. You can download all forms required to become a member of the Queen’s Counsel by clicking here.