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Judicial and Silk Appointment On-Line Interactive Workshops

Over the past few years I’ve been running my interactive workshops for barristers and solicitors wanting to gain insights into the Silk and/or Judicial application processes. I’ve very much enjoyed doing these and have received some excellent feedback. I was approached to run another one for a chambers on the Midlands Circuit in May – but then we were hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Interactive Judicial & Silk Appointment Workshops

**** Feedback from my Faculty of Advocates Workshop Vice-Dean to Tim Collins  ****

How to approach making a judicial or Silk application and how to stand out from the crowd at your selection day or interview.

In a two hour interactive workshop I will discuss and answer any questions candidates may have on:

Why competency based recruitment?

How do the qualifying tests work?

How do you select and support your referees?

How to develop compelling application forms?

How you can prepare to succeed at interviews?

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Silk 2020 – QC Competition

 ***** UPDATE  18 February 2020*****

“Many, many thanks, and more thanks for all the expert help and encouragement you gave, it was invaluable.”                    

The 2020 competition launched today with the deadline for applications at 5pm on April Fool’s Day!

The 2020 competition is very similar to last year’s. However, can I strongly recommend looking at the actual on-line application form, so that you fully understand what is required?  They have made some changes and their guidance is a bit opaque. However, I’ve been advised:“It is possible to have an overlap when describing summary of practise (Section E) and providing case summaries. If applicants are having difficulty understanding what the form requires and feel the Guidance is insufficient, they are of course very welcome to contact the office directly.”

“Hi Tim. I’m pleased to tell you that your record of successfully getting people through continues. Many thanks for all your patience & it definitely made all the difference.” 

First and foremost, do read the QC Appointment 2020 Guidance. But I would also strongly recommend that you consider the 2019 competition report  and especially the panel’s approach to the competencies  (although it dated 2018 this is current) these will give you a real insight into who gets appointed and why.

It is a straight forward process, but the application form can initially appear daunting.  Always have a copy of the competency framework to hand and throughout the competition make this your plumb line.

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