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


The Guidance for Applicants includes guidance on completion of the application form and provides comprehensive information about all aspects of the process. The guidance for the 2020 Competition is available for download via the link to the right.

Advocacy includes both written and oral advocacy before the higher courts, arbitrations and tribunals and equivalent bodies. The advocacy may be in written or oral form but must relate to developing and advancing a client’s or employer’s case to secure the best outcome for the client in a dispute.  That outcome may, for example, be secured through arbitration, court determination or a settlement agreement. Oral advocacy includes advocacy in a court or tribunal, mediation, arbitration or in negotiation. There is no specific requirement as to the amount of written or in-court advocacy, so long as the there is sufficient evidence for the Panel to reach a conclusion as to excellence in respect of each aspect of advocacy.


The Application Form and the 2020 Guidance for Applicants can be found on the links to the right. (The 2020 Application form is no longer available. If you would like a copy for reference, please contact the office at


A note on the Selection Panel’s approach to feedback.


If you need further information on anything regarding the application form or the appointments process please contact:

Queen’s Counsel Secretariat
020 7831 0020