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Competition updates

There are a lot of competitions ongoing at the moment:

  • HCJ results due in May 18
  • CA interviews and presentations 15-17 May with results due in July 18
  • DHCJ s9(4) Telephone Assessments are 10-17 April and interviews and role play are 6-13 June
  • Circuit Judge deadline is 5 April with situational questioning and Interviews 16 July – 7 Aug
  • Fee paid FTT – QT results due 8 May – role play and interviews 18 Jun – 3 Aug
  • DDJ – QT is 17 April – role play and interviews 9 Aug – 21 Sep
  • Insolvencies and Companies Court Judge competition for 3 vacancies due to launch in May 18
  • Silk sift results Sep 18, with interviews Sep — Oct 18

We can help with applications, selection prep and we are running a 30 min tips/techniques for Telephone Assessments if you are interested in that for current DHCJ competition.  £150+VAT for the 30 min session by phone.

See timeline summary of competitions in Resources section


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 ……………..

Competition updates

Quick update on current competitions:

  • Deadline for silk has just passed ….. we saw over 60 candidates – will confirm actual number who applied in the end, once the dust has settled
  • 13 April at 1pm is (new extended) deadline for 2 x competencies and Statement of Suitability for Circuit
  • Track 2 HCJ selection days have started now and run until 12 April
  • Track 1 selection days for HCJ have just been confirmed (4 April), with selection days from 27 April
  • DHCJ results due end of April, beginning of May
  • The filtering job for Recorder is getting harder and harder the more this “jinxed” competition progresses.  Next stage is submission of competencies and then a Telephone Assessment – the number of candidates who will need to be filtered out at this stage is likely to be huge, so I expect the Tel Ass will need to incorporate some wider filter opportunities and will surely take a lot longer than planned (4-23 May) or need a huge number of panels to run, to deal with the 2,400-ish candidates?  All will be revealed soon by the JAC I’m sure ……….
  • DJ Mags deadline is 4 April
  • Lord Chief Justice deadline is 27 April ……..
  • Chief Bankruptcy Registrar competition delayed until 11 April

It’s a busy old time – and, as ever, if you need any help or guidance with any of these, just get in touch ……

Or maybe you’d like us to come and do a Judicial or Silk Taster?

Hear from you soon!

Silk 17/18 has launched

Quick summary of the silk process this year:

  • The deadline is 5pm on Thur 30th March 2017
  • Test saving and using the 69 page pdf version of the application form before you start adding major text so you know that it works – you will need Adobe Reader DC, XI or X to complete it – if you cannot get it to work, contact QCA asap so that your problem can be resolved sooner rather than later
  • You can now use cases going back 3 years with out needing to justify why – they would prefer 2 years as memories fade beyond 2 years, but you can use 3 year cases if necessary.  Only in exceptional cases will they accept cases beyond 3 years
  • You need 12 cases, if possible, of your most important cases in last 2/3 years – particular reference for HCAs in this context.  Worth checking in advance with QCA if aiming to use fewer than 12 cases, to pass your reasons why past them first, but there seems to be more flexibility
  • Assessors: Name at least 8, and up to 12, judges – Name 6 practitioners – Name at least 4, and up to 6, clients
  • Need good reason if don’t have the number of assessors (8/6/4)and indeed the form includes a tick box to show you know that your application will be materially affected if you have significantly fewer than 8/6/4 assessors
  • The Narrative Description of practice has 4,000 characters to describe your practice and justify your 12 cases
  • There remains a limit of 2,750 characters per competency in the self-assessment – this is about 400-450 words MAX
  • In the assessor section, section H, there are 1,000 characters to describe your cases, and 3 boxes for cases they have seen you in
  • If you see a case at first instance and on appeal, only list the case once
  • If you are using a case that is on-going, it needs to have had a sufficiently substantive hearing or development to be included
  • You can send skeletons to assessors in advance when you ask them if they are prepared to be an assessor and we would encourage you to do so
  • Integrity – there is normally no need to complete this section
  • There is wider clarification of the relevant jurisdictions in Part One of the Guidance – make sure you ring the QCA if you have Qs about jurisdictions such as NI, IoM, international arbitrations etc
  • Interviews will be held in London and Manchester mid September to mid October – this is earlier than normal – this is likely to be so that the results can be announced in December 2017 rather than making candidates wait until January 2018
  • Fees are the same as last year – £1,800+VAT to apply (those who earn <£60K are entitled to a concessionary applic rate of £900+VAT) – then there is the £3,000+VAT appointment fee if you are successful
  • Sir Alex Allan now chairs the panel and Dr Maggie Semple OBE has joined the panel

We would also recommend that you read the reports from the last competition including the detailed review of the competencies via this link.

Get in touch asap if you want to get a first draft date in the diary, as slots fill up very quickly.  And good luck everyone.

Next silk competition …….

The QCA have announced:

“It is expected that the next competition will open on Thursday 16th February 2017, with a closure time and date of 5pm on Thursday 30th March 2017. The 2017 Guidance to Applicants and the 2017 Application Form will be available from the opening date.  These dates still await confirmation.”

Link to QCA website

Silk results

We had 42 successful candidates on the latest silk list which means that we worked with  37% of all the successful silks this year in some shape or form (big picture review, application form, interview or all of the above!).   12/20 of the women we saw got silk, with a 60% success rate.

We are very proud of these statistics.

The QCA expect the 2017-18 competition to open mid February and we anticipate the deadline will be the end of March, maybe early April, as Easter is so late this year – e.g. Maundy Thursday is on 13 April.  The application form and Guidance for Applicants will be available when the competition launches.


Start preparing NOW if you intend to apply and get in touch quickly if you want help, as we are beginning to run out of capacity ………….

No news yet on silk ……

….. so more likely to be Fri 13th Jan for candidates to hear by email at about 4.30pm and then results made public on Mon 16th Jan.  But who knows ……….

Hang in there – keep busy – not long to go for results now.

Good luck everyone.