How confident are you of appointment?
Successfully completed a competency based application before?
Will you be that 1 in 9?
Competition has never been greater
Being a good lawyer is not enough
How do you present in interview?
"Illuminating and invaluable." High Court Appointment
"I was succesful and I just wanted to write and thank you for what I thought was a tremendously skilled and focussed training package that was comparatively easy to implement in a practical and meaningful way."
2012-2013 Silk Appointment
"After a year of 7 interviews and no offers your coaching helped me obtain 3 offers this year. I simply cannot thank you enough"
2013 Training Contract Applicant
“After two attempts without success, I was despairing. Your help made all the difference.”
“Discussion of my application form and help with the interview process was highly beneficial."
As any successful silk, who has been through the QCA's selection process will confirm, the silk application form is one of the most challenging pieces of drafting you ever undertake. Many of our clients have great experience in drafting (often chancery and commercial practices) yet find the silk form harder than drafting an application to The Supreme Court.
The reason for this, is that the QCA's competency based process requires you to think and draft in a manner that is at odds with the way you would normally draft as a lawyer. We demystify the processs and provide extensive advice as to what is required, both in terms of style and substance.
The partner who advises silk applicants had a successful judicial practice for 14 years, with many of his reported cases being heard by the Court of Appeal, House of Lords (as it then was), ECHR and ECJ. His extensive experience of drafting and the law, has consistently proved 'invaluable' to our clients applying for silk.
We will advise you as to:
As many a silk applicant will confirm, an advocate may be a star performer in the court room but find themselves unable to display those same qualities during their silk application interview.
Applicants' struggle with many issues during their Queen's Counsel interview, including how to convey their strengths without appearing to boast, how to deal with diversity questions and how to structure an answer to a competency based question.
Our intensive 1:1 silk interview coaching will prepare you for the toughest of interviews. We deploy questions frequently asked by the QCA with proven interview techniques, including a video recorded mock interview, that will
1. Ensure you perform at your best at your interview. We will rapidly remedy any confidence issues.
2. Prepare you for the QCA questions. Having successfully advised applicants in numerous silk competitions, we have an in depth understanding of the type of questions you can expect to face and will advise you on how best to deal with them.
3. Address non verbal communication issues. As any good advocate knows, it is not simply a question of what you say, but how you say it that matters.
For the avoidance of any doubt, we do not tell you what to say or provide stock answers. That would be both unethical and counterproductive.
"Your assistance at both stages of the process was challenging, at times brutal but extremely effective and invaluable." 2013-14 Silk Appointment
“Many thanks for your assistance. I could not have done it without your support, particularly with the section on diversity” 2011- 2012 Silk Appointment
Call 020 7549 3606 for a no commitment discussion with one of the partners or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Appointments until 9pm weekdays and weekends on request.
We always go the extra mile for our clients because your world is our world.
"Your advice on form completion and interview was extremely helpful"
2009-2010 Silk Appointment