The Attorney General is seeking to appoint new members to three of his panels of junior counsel, the Regional A, B and C panels, to undertake civil work for government departments.
Membership of the Regional panels is open to both barristers and solicitors with the appropriate qualifications.
Regional A Panel
Members of this panel deal with the most complex Government cases in all kinds of courts and tribunals. Those previously appointed to the A panel have generally had in excess of 10 years advocacy experience in actual practice (from end of 2nd six months’ pupillage for barristers, date of commencement of advocacy for solicitors).
Regional B Panel
Members of this panel deal with substantial cases but not in general 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 in actual practice (from end of 2nd six months’ pupillage for barristers, date of commencement of advocacy for solicitors).
Regional C Panel
Members of this panel will be expected to have at least two years’ experience in actual practice (from end of 2nd six months’ pupillage for barristers, date of commencement of advocacy for solicitors). Those appointed to the C panel will often (but not exclusively) provide the A and B panel members of the future and so should have the potential to join the A panel.
In choosing which of the panels to apply to, candidates will want to make a careful decision based on which best suits their level of expertise and experience
Appointments will be for five years
As is the case every year, the Attorney General is looking for applicants with experience in general public and administrative law; employment; or personal injury. For the 2019 exercise, the Attorney is also looking to deepen the capacity of the panels by appointing specialists in the following areas:
- Competition and State Aid
- Contract / Commercial (including Digital Commercial skills)
- Directors’ Disqualification
- Education, including teacher regulation proceedings
- EU Law
- General Tax Work – Direct and Indirect, Personal and Business
- Human Rights
- Industrial Relations
- Information Law and Data Protection
- Intellectual Property
- International Law
- Land and Planning/Environmental
- Mental Health/Mental Health Capacity Act 2005
- Offshore Oil and Gas
- Rating and Valuation
- Social Security, including free movement, social justice and statutory payments
- Trade Law and International Trade
- VAT & Duties
The Attorney General is also looking to appoint applicants capable of advising departments on the interface of public and commercial law issues, and also where criminal or regulatory issues arise in public law cases.
Public International Law and Trade specialists are also eligible to apply for appointment to the Public International Law (PIL) panel, and there is no bar to being a member of both panels. The date for the next PIL panel competition is under consideration so those with these specialisms are encouraged to apply in this competition.
To obtain details about the application process, we recommend reading our
Information for Candidates (PDF, 264KB, 6 pages)
document and the
Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 414KB, 5 pages)