Peter Purvis

Peter Purvis

Peter is policy adviser to the Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel in the QCA Secretariat. This is his tenth silk competition. He was previously a senior civil servant in DEFRA, freelance consultant on EU issues and a counsellor.

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Six silks (2018) with 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
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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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At home and abroad

On both fronts – representing the Bar’s interests and protecting the rule of law

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