current competitions, information for applicants and assessors.
on Tuesday 18 Feb 2020
whether or not they are to be invited for interview
selection of recently appointed QCs
backgrounds and experience of those appointed as QCs
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
Applications for the 2020 QC Competition have now closed. Subject to disruption caused by the Covid-19 emergency, we hope that applicants will be notified whether or not they will be interviewed by 11 September, and that interviews will be conducted in late September and early October.
We will update this website if the timetable should change.
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.