The current view is that the 2023 competition will follow previous years, in that it will commence mid-February, and allow applicants 6 weeks to submit their applications.  The application form and the Guidance will be available once the competition opens.   As soon as the specific date is known we will update the website accordingly.

For enquiries, please call 0207 831 0020 or email


The appointments arising from the 2022 KC competition have now been announced. The list of successful applicants is here.

If any applicant has not received formal confirmation of the outcome of their application, please email



A note on the Selection Panel’s approach to feedback can be found here.

The award of King’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.

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