Nichol Review of QC system endorses the revised procedure

THE Bar Council and the Law Society today published the report of Sir Duncan Nichol CBE’s review of Queen’s Counsel Appointments.

The purpose of the review was to examine ways of improving the operation of the revised process for the appointment and selection of Queen’s Counsel in England and Wales, which is designed ‘to serve the public interest by offering a fair and transparent means of identifying excellence in advocacy’.

The scheme, operated by the Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel, has run two competitions under a reformed system established in 2006. A further competition, which closed on the 23rd April 2009, is now in progress.

Sir Duncan has made a number of recommendations for improving the system (some of which the Selection Panel will apply in the 2009-10 competition), but his overall findings are that the system works well in identifying outstanding advocates. The full press release can be found at the Bar Council website.