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Applications open: Attorney General's London Panel of Civil Counsel

Applicants invited to join Attorney General's London A and B Panels of the Civil Counsel

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The Attorney General has opened the application process for counsel wishing to join the London A and B Panels of the Civil Counsel.

This is a fantastic opportunity for advocates with more than five years experience. Being a panel member gives advocates exposure to some of the most important and high profile cases of the day, and the chance to represent the government in various courts, including the Supreme Court.

There are vacancies on the panels in all areas of public and private law. This includes general public and administrative law, employment law, personal injury, and specialists in a number of areas such as pensions, social security and tax.

Application process

Anyone considering making an application to join either the A or B Panel should register an expression of interest by emailing panelcounsel@governmentlegal.gov.uk

Everyone who has registered an interest will be sent details of how to access the online application form.

The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 24 March 2017.

Background

What is the Panel Counsel?

The Attorney General maintains 5 panels of junior Counsel to undertake civil and EU work for all government departments. He has 3 London Panels (A, B and C), a Regional Panel, and a Public International Law (PIL) Panel.

Who can apply?

This recruitment drive is only for Panel A and B.

Members of the A Panel deal with complex government cases. They will often appear against QC’s. Those previously appointed to the A Panel have generally had in excess of 10 years advocacy experience.

Members of the B panel deal with substantial cases but these are not as complex as those handled by the A panel. They will generally be instructed where knowledge and experience of a particular field is required. Those previously appointed to the B panel have generally had between 5 and 10 years advocacy experience.

Further information

You can find out further information on the gov.uk website

Published 2 February 2017
Last updated 21 February 2017 + full page history
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