The Queen’s Counsel selection panel launched the 2008 silk round today (21 February), just four weeks after 2007’s 98 new QCs were announced.
The panel is inviting both barristers and solicitors with higher courts advocacy rights to apply by 5pm on 3 April. It expects to announce successful candidates by early 2009.
Former NHS chief executive Sir Duncan Nichol will chair the panel of nine members which includes retired judge Sir Paul Kennedy in place of former president of the family division Baroness Butler-Sloss who is standing down.
This year’s application fee is £2,500 plus VAT, with the further fee for successful candidates remaining at £3500 plus VAT).
The process will remain the same as the last competition though referees have been renamed as assessors. According to the panel the name assessors “better reflects the role they play in the process”.
A QC panel spokesperson said that to be appointed an applicant must demonstrate the competencies to a standard of excellence.
“The Selection Panel will consider the evidence from the summary of practice, self assessment and assessments and decide on the strength of the available evidence which applicants justify an interview,” said the spokesperson.
Full list of QC Selection Panel:
Sir Duncan Nichol ,former NHS chief executive
Roy Amlot QC, 6 King’s Bench Walk
Ruth Evans, chair of the Bar Standards Board
Professor Dame Joan Higgins, chair of the NHS Litigation Authority
Sir Paul Kennedy, retired judge
Jean Ritchie QC, recorder and former head of Hailsham Chambers
Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, managing partner of Scott Moncrieff Harbour & Sinclair
Karamjit Singh, electoral commissioner
Christopher Woolley, chief crown prosecutor for South Wales