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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.

http://www.qcappointments.org/

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.

Silk 2017

Silk results for the current competition will be communicated to candidates in early January – possibly as early as Fri 6 Jan 17, with the ceremony taking place w/c 13 Feb 17.

The next competition is likely to launch around the same week as the ceremony, based on previous competitions.

If you are planning on applying in 2017, or you want to see if you are ready to apply this time, then spend time over the Christmas break to identify your likely 12 cases over the last 2 years, with the potential assessors that flow from those cases.  We can then sit down with you and work through a “big picture review” to get you started on the draft application well in advance of the launch.

If you’d like a quick chat about how we might help so that you are prepared in advance, then get in touch and one of the team will be able to help.

Happy Christmas one and all.

Silk interviews this year

Based on previous years, the QCA will contact candidates by email within 7-10 days to confirm whether or not they have an interview in the next stage of the silk process.  Last year it was the equivalent of Thursday this week at 4.30pm, just for information, although it has also been a Tuesday.  Who knows when it will be this year!

For those who are successful, this will include the date for your interview – interviews are 28 Sep – 3 Nov this year.

If selected for interview and you would like some assistance preparing for that, we would be delighted to help.  Let us know as soon as you hear, so that we can match a session to fit around your interview date.  It is helpful if you can give us some idea of when you are available for a prep session to help narrow down the dates we can offer.  Most need the interview prep to be fresh – you can risk being “over-prepared” if you prepare too far in advance and then lose your natural flow for the actual interview.  The int prep session we run is 2 hours with two of us.  It is quite a tiring session so it is probably better not to be a 2 hour session at the end of the day after a long day in court.  But sometimes that can’t be helped.

For those who are unsuccessful, you will receive feedback to help unravel “why?” you did not make it through to the next stage, to help shape future applications.

So, we look forward to hearing from you soon – email is probably best katejblackburn@gmail.com or kate.blackburn@sherwoodpsfconsulting.com – or my mobile is 07710 553 045.  As everyone now hears at the same time, I may not be able to respond immediately, so bear with me!

To remind you of our costs and services see the silk tab from the top of this page – the home page will also include competition updates during the process too, so you might want to sign up for alerts from the option on the right hand side of this page.

Good luck everyone.

Kate, Gwyn, Simon & Ann