Welcome to the QC
Appointments website
This website is updated regularly with news and details on
current competitions, information for applicants and assessors.
Read About Us Current Competition
The 2020 Competition opened
on Tuesday 18 Feb 2020
Applicants will be informed in early September
whether or not they are to be invited for interview
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We publish below our profiles of a
selection of recently appointed QCs
See More See Application Forms The purpose of publishing the profiles is to illustrate the varied
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.


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 barcouncil.org.uk, and about solicitors at lawsociety.org.uk.

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.

THE 2020 COMPETITION

The Selection Panel’s recommendations have now been submitted to the Lord Chancellor. We will update this website as soon as we know when the public announcement of appointments will be made.

Click the READ MORE button to see 2020 competition.
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.