Advocates for the Crown's Civil Litigation
2013 COMPETITION: London A, B and C Panels AND Public International Law A, B and C Panels.
This competition is now closed. We hope to announce appointments in March 2014.
Members of the A Panel deal with the most
complex Government cases in all kinds of courts and tribunals. They
will often appear against QC's. In general those appointed to the
A Panel will have over ten years' advocacy experience. Members of
the B Panel deal with substantial cases but not in general as complex
as those handled by the A Panel. They will generally be instructed
where knowledge and experience of a particular field is required.
B Panel appointees will tend to have between five and ten years'
advocacy experience. C Panel appointees will usually have between
two and five years' advocacy experience. Those appointed to the
C Panel will often provide (but not exclusively) the A and B panel
members of the future and so will be expected to show the potential
to join the A panel.
experience means experience in actual practice usually from the
end of 2nd six months' pupillage. Where a third six months pupillage
is taken a judgement needs to be taken as to the extent and quality
of the advocacy undertaken during that period.
Appointments to the panels are for 5 years.
London Panel Rates A Panel - £120 per hour
B Panel - £100 per hour
C Panel - £80 per hour if over 5 years call.
£60 per hour is under 5 years call
Application Process The three London Panels are refreshed each year through
open competition, so that with appointments being for five years,
about 20% of the membership of each of the panels come to the end
of their period of appointment each year. It is not possible to
reapply to the C or B panels but it is possible
to reapply to the A Panel and many do so.
There is usually an advertisement in Counsel Magazine
in October with a closing date early in November. TSol will usually
hold one or more events in conjunction with the Bar Council aimed
at encouraging applications and explaining the application process.
Those interested in applying do generally find attendance of benefit.
As part of the Attorney General's aim of encouraging
as wide a selection of applicants as possible, potential applicants
who want a mentor are put in touch with an established Panel member
who can discuss the application process, the eligibility criteria
and the presentation of relevant information on the application
form. New C panellists will be offered mentoring during their first
months on the panel.
While many A and B panel members will previously
have been on the panels, the Attorney selects each year a number
who are new to the panels. Previous experience on the panels is
therefore not a determining factor.
The Attorney General has produced a Diversity and
Equality Expectations Statement for Chambers to which Panel Counsel
The Regional Panel
Regional Panel Rates
Ten years’ or more experience £110
per hour, Over five years’ experience but under ten £90,
Under five years’ experience £60.
Advocacy experience means experience in actual
practice usually from the end of 2nd six months’ pupillage.
Where a third six months pupillage is taken a judgement needs to
be taken as to the extent and quality of the advocacy undertaken
during that period.
Appointments to the panel
are for 5 years. The Attorney General has produced a Diversity and
Equality Expectations Statement for Chambers to which counsel belong.
The Attorney General operates an equal opportunities policy in
relation to the Civil Panels. Applications from advocates of all
backgrounds are welcomed. The assessment process emphasises the
importance of making recommendations for appointment on the basis
of demonstrable skills.
See the Attorney General's Equality and Diversity Strategy and
the Diversity and Equality Expectations Statement for Chambers.