Queen’s Counsel (QCs) 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. The Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel is responsible for recommendations to the Lord Chancellor on appointment of Queen’s Counsel.
QCs are selected by a panel of senior lawyers, retired judges and non-lawyers. QC competitions usually run once a year.
To apply, you must complete an application form, providing detailed evidence that you’ve demonstrated excellence in advocacy and possess specific competencies.
Applying to become a QC can take between three and five years. It can take several years to gather enough comprehensive evidence, so it is necessary to plan ahead.
As part of your application, you’ll also need to identify several assessors who have seen you perform in court and can support your application.
If your application is successful, you’ll be invited to an interview with two members of the selection panel. They’ll ask questions relating to your application and you’ll also be assessed on the quality of your oral advocacy. For more information, visit: https://qcappointments.org