Attorney General’s London Panels Of Civil Counsel -Why apply and how best to do it – 6th February 2017

Why apply and how best to do it
MONDAY 6th February 2017


This is an event aimed at those thinking about applying to join the Attorney General’s London A & B Panels of Civil Counsel, the two more senior of the civil panels. The competition to make appointments to the A and B Panels will open on Tuesday 21 February 2017 and will close at midday on Friday 24 March 2017.
The Law Officers maintain three London panels of Junior Counsel (A, B and C) to undertake civil and EU work for all government departments. There is a wide variety of expertise required, not just in Public Law, to meet the needs of Government across the civil courts and tribunals. These can range from employment or personal injury to procurement or intellectual property.

Information will be provided about the work of all the panels, and the appointments and application process.

Speakers include: the Solicitor General; Andrew Walker QC, Vice Chairman of the Bar Council; and Susanna McGibbon and Simon Harker (who chair the selection boards) will speak in depth about the application process.

A current member of A Panel Counsel will speak about their own experiences of panel work, in particular the types of cases they have undertaken during their time on the Panels and their experience of the application process.

The aim of this event is to demystify the application process and to encourage as many of those who have the qualifications to apply to do so.

For further information and to reserve a place, please contact Anna Rickard on
020 7210 1506 or email by Thursday 2nd February 2017. 

Wine and soft drinks follow the meeting with an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers and senior Government Lawyers.


Sir Gary Hickinbottom Lecture, 2 February 2017

Sir Gary Hickinbottom Lecture, 2 February 2017
When:02/02/2017 18:15 - 20:00

Venue:The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

The President of the Law Society, Robert Bourns, will be hosting an evening to acknowledge Sir Gary Hickinbottom’s appointment to the Court of Appeal. In addition you will have the opportunity to hear from several solicitor judges who have reached a particular point on the judicial ladder. This should be a great opportunity for you to hear more about how you can start or progress your judicial career.  They will share their insight on elements of the application process and their judicial roles. There will then be an opportunity for informal networking.


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