2015-16 Competition Opening


Recommendations for appointment as Queen’s Counsel are made by a Selection Panel which is independent of the
Government and the professional bodies. The Panel invites applications from advocates with rights of audience in
England and Wales who believe they meet the competency requirements to a standard of excellence. Solicitors who
hold rights of audience in the higher courts and employed barristers are eligible, as well as barristers in independent

All applications will be considered against a defined set of competencies related to:
• Understanding and using the law
• Written and oral advocacy
• Working with others
• Diversity
• Integrity

All applications must be on the required form and accompanied by a fee of £2,160.00 (£1,800 + VAT). For an application form and further information please visit www.qcapplications.org.uk For all other enquiries please call the Queen’s Counsel Appointments Secretariat on 020 7831 0020 or email enquiries@qcapplications.org.uk. The competition will open on Wednesday 18 February and applications must be received by no later than 5pm on Wednesday 1 April 2015.

The Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel is committed to equality of opportunity in the appointments process for Queen’s Counsel. Applicants who meet the standard of excellence required of Queen’s Counsel will be recommended for appointment on merit, regardless of any personal or legally protected characteristic or any other extraneous factors.