Peter Purvis

Peter Purvis

Peter is Policy Adviser to the King's Counsel Selection Panel in the KCA Secretariat. He was previously a senior civil servant in DEFRA, freelance consultant on EU issues and a counsellor.

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Success in silk 2021/22 – insight

Peter Purvis talks to five successful candidates from the 2021/22 competition to find out why they applied, their experience of the selection process and what advice they would share with others

28 February 2023

Silk profiles 2019/20

Peter Purvis profiles five silks successful in the 2019/20 competition

08 March 2021
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QC pen portraits 2018/19

Six silks share application insights to inspire those eyeing up a future competition. Interviews by Peter Purvis

13 March 2020

Going for Silk

As 108 new Queen’s Counsel are announced, Peter Purvis profiles four recent appointees with ‘atypical’ backgrounds, practice or circumstances – showing that preconceptions shouldn’t hold you back

21 January 2019

Reflections on the Silk round

Sir Alex Allan, Chair of the QC Selection Panel, offers advice to prospective applicants and four successful candidates from the previous round discuss their lessons learned with Peter Purvis

20 February 2018

The QC profile

Challenging the concept of a ‘stereotypical’ QC, Peter Purvis talks to five of this year’s more diverse Silk successes, with some healthy criticism of the selection process and advice for would-be applicants

Addressing challenges for women applicants

21 November 2016

Silks: Part 2

In the second part of Counsel’s look at the Silk application process, Peter Purvis interviews four QCs who have recently taken Silk to hear their views on the competition.


10 March 2015
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Gatekeeping – not for us

Countering the gatekeeper agenda, troubling news on earnings disparities, spreading best practice in chambers, Pro Bono Week 2023, and the Rules of War

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