Silk results ……..

Update from the QCA:

“We hope that the announcement of the outcome of the competition will be made before Christmas, but as of today (7 December) we still do not know whether that will be possible, let alone exactly when any announcement could be made.  We will update the website as soon as we have any more information.  We have been informed that the Ceremony is likely to be held on Monday 26 February 2018, at Westminster Hall.”

Fingers crossed we know soon …………..


DHCJ competition

Next DHCJ competition is due to launch on 18 jan 2018 – there will be a 2 week window to submit applications, so start now ……….

High Court Judge competition launches

Launched on 2 Nov and closing date is 16 Nov at 1pm.

No previous judicial experience is required.

25 vacancies.

Process: complete a full self-assessment form, provide the names of 2 independent assessors, and provide 2 significant pieces of written work.  This written evidence can comprise legal advice, a legal opinion, or a document that demonstrates legal analysis such as a published article (as sole author), public lecture, judgment, ruling or anything else that you consider appropriate.

Link here to JAC website for details.

Training courses with the Bar Council

Developing your Career at the Bar

Next course in the series of  Developing your Career courses we are running with the Bar Council is aimed at women barristers and is being held on Sat 25 Nov 2017 in London.

The course on Sat 3 Feb 2018 is aimed at junior barristers – register or express interest direct with Bar Council for further courses from link above. 

Developing your Mentoring skills

Very pleased to be running some further Developing your Mentoring skills training with the Bar Council in London on Tues 31 Oct 2017 in London 5.30-7.30pm.  Plans are also afoot for a course in the north east to follow this year. 

Click link above for further details and info on how to book.

Judicial competitions

High Court Judge competition launches 2 Nov 2017 with deadline of 16 Nov; and Deputy High Court Judge competition launches 18 Jan 2018.

Start getting your drafts ready, the turn around deadlines for both are (likely to be) tight.

Silk (updated 26 Aug)

The current competition is under way and interviews start on 18th September and run until 12th October – this is a tighter timetable than in previous years.  The QCA hope to let candidates know if they are through to interview on either the 7th or 8th Sep – I suspect it will be the 7th at around 4.30pm by email.

There are 272 applicants for silk this year which is the highest number since 2009, when there were 275.

Results for this competition are being announced earlier than usual in Dec 17 and the silk ceremony for those who are successful after interview will be on 26 Feb 18.

The next competition 18/19 will launch in Feb 18 and the QCA have promised us some changes in the Guidance notes, so we look forward to finding out what those changes are ……….  And we have started work with some candidates already for 2018 ………

If you need interview or application support, link here takes you to our costs and services.

Get in touch as soon as you have a date firmed up for your silk interview as our two hour interview slots this year are also competing with the Recorder competition that is running at the same time ……………..

Recorder selection days 6-29 Sep

Candidates will hear tomorrow (1 August) with the date of their Recorder selection day during the window 6-29 Sep.  It will include a competency interview and role play.  We already have 15 candidates signed up, many with slots booked already.  Get in touch as soon as you hear to be sure to get a slot that fits with your selection day.  Details here for costs and services we offer.

There are 150 vacancies, so atleast 300 will be attending selection days …… good luck everyone.