Queen’s Counsel Appointments is moving offices.

From lunchtime on Wednesday 20 January until the following Tuesday 26 January, it will not be possible to get hold of us in the usual way.

If you have any urgent queries, please ensure you get them to us before Wednesday 20 January, or email the Chief Executive directly at .


THE 2020 and 2021 COMPETITIONS

The announcement of those appointed QC in the 2020 competition was made on 17 December 2020, and the list of new QCs can be found here.

The ceremony for QCs appointed in the 2020 Competition will not take place at the usual time, in March. It is hoped that it can take place later in the year. However, arrangements are being made to enable those newly appointed to use the designation “QC” with effect from 15 March.

We expect the 2021 QC Competition to be launched in the second half of February 2021.

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.

Queen’s Counsel are appointed from amongst practising advocates – both barristers and solicitors. They are appointed because they have demonstrated excellence in advocacy in difficult cases in the higher courts of England and Wales, or in tribunals or arbitrations.

More information about barristers can be found at, and about solicitors at

The Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel is responsible for recommendations to the Lord Chancellor on appointment of Queen’s Counsel. However, Queen’s Counsel Appointments does not deal with complaints about QCs. Those are dealt with by the Legal Ombudsman; or by the Bar Standards Board for barristers or the Solicitors Regulations Authority for solicitor QCs.

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.