Consultation on Queen's Counsel appointment scheme – Law Society response

The proposals

We have responded to a consultation issued by the Queen’s Counsel Appointments (QCA) which proposes a change to the current QC appointments process and Competency Framework.

The proposals would add a separate sub-competency covering ‘commands confidence’ as part of the existing QC application process and ‘integrity’ competency.

Our view

Our response bears careful consideration of the existing process for the appointment of QCs and guidance for applicants which explains the approach taken by the selection panel at present, since the changes made in 2018.

We support the proposal that a separate sub-competency covering ‘commands confidence’ should be established as part of the existing QC application process and ‘integrity’ competency.

We are also supportive of mechanisms being put in place to ensure that the Selection Panel is provided with sufficient evidence and reporting of behaviour by applicants in the course of their work as advocates.

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