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QC appointments coaching and interview training


We are committed to providing the highest quality of professional assistance to barristers and solicitor advocates who wish to maximise their chances of success in the Queen’s Counsel Appointments (QCA) Competition for England and Wales. We are delighted to have worked with 63 successful applicants on the 2020-21 list of QC appointments, 54% of all new silks. Our clients enjoyed a 70% appointment success rate, which compares very favourably with the 41% appointment success rate for the competition.


We understand that a competency-based system for selection and assessment may be challenging, particularly for those who have not undergone a competitive recruitment process for some time. Our service aims to ensure that applicants fully appreciate what is required of them in both their written application and panel interview, and to assist them in optimising their performance at each stage of the QC Appointments competition.


We pride ourselves on delivering an unparalleled level of engagement and support. Our candidates receive the most robust advice and feedback throughout the application process, and we will only ever recommend a realistic course of action, based on an initial and then ongoing evaluation of candidature. Indeed, as our Principal Consultant, Julian McCombe, has sat on the QC Appointments Interview Panel with the former Chair, Baroness Butler-Sloss, as well as being engaged in implementing and reviewing the current QC Appointments selection and assessment process, we are in a unique position to professionally advise applicants for silk, as borne out by our levels of success.



QC appointments application services:


We work with you on your application form with only one clear goal: that, at final draft, we arrive at a point of consensus that your practice and candidature could not be presented to better effect.


  1.    Robust initial assessment of your candidature against the key criteria for appointment

  2.    Rigorous selection and careful presentation of your 12 cases to ensure the criteria for inclusion are met

  3.    Tactical selection of your assessors to maximise ratings and to avoid unsatisfactory assessments

  4.    Assistance with each section of your draft application in demonstrating ‘excellence’ across the competencies

  5.    Very specific guidance in meeting the requirements of ‘Working with others’ and ‘Diversity’

  6.    In-depth assistance with content, style and editing up until final draft   



QC appointments interview training:


We work with you on interview preparation until you deliver a compelling and persuasive mock interview.


After undertaking a full review of your application form, we conduct an initial consultation to assist you in identifying and presenting to best effect examples of professional competencies, which are likely to be rated as 'excellent' by the QC Appointments selection panel. We provide you with insight into exactly what the interview panel are looking for, and determine the most likely questions which will be put to you.


We talk through any issues or concerns you might have about the interview process, providing solutions as to how any apparent shortcomings in meeting the criteria for appointment might successfully be addressed. A comprehensive list of potential panel interview questions is practised, with an emphasis on ‘Diversity’ (absolutely critical to a successful interview), and your responses discussed and rated. We place great importance on ensuring that your answers are specific to your application form, practice and professional experience, never ‘stock’, but that they, nevertheless, clearly meet the criteria for each of the competencies.


An initial one-to-one coaching session runs for approximately 2.5 hours, and is tailor-made to meet your specific requirements, but typically includes a full-scale mock interview. Further coaching sessions are usually advised, with a view taken after an initial telephone discussion, or at the conclusion of the first coaching session.


It is highly desirable that coaching sessions are held face-to-face to allow us the best opportunity to observe and advise on your interview technique and behaviours. In this way, we will ensure you are entirely confident when facing the QC Appointments interview panel, and able to answer whichever questions may be posed.


Flexibility and fee arrangements:


We offer the most flexible arrangements to fit with your existing commitments. Consultations may be held at your chambers or firm, at our London offices at Temple, or at an alternative venue of your choice. Appointments may be arranged for any point during the day, up until 10pm.

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Julian McCombe

Barrister & Principal Consultant

  1. Consultant and interview panel member for the QC Appointments Competition

  2. Interviewed and assessed more than 50 applicants for silk, working alongside Baroness Butler-Sloss

  3. Took more than 150 assessments from judicial and QC assessors, in-person and by telephone

  4. Implemented and reviewed the new QC selection and appointment process

‘Julian, you have been phenomenal, genuinely phenomenal - quite brilliant from the beginning. I can say without the slightest doubt that, without you, this would not have happened. I will, of course, be recommending you to anyone considering applying for silk. Thank you so much!’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘I am absolutely astonished, delighted and overwhelmed. Thank you so very much for all your help, support and encouragement through the process over the last year. I can honestly say that I could not have done it without you. Most of all, thank you for getting me to a point where I walked away from my mock interview, feeling positive and (tentatively!) excited about the pending real thing. That, for me, made all the difference. Thank you for giving me the confidence to produce this amazing outcome!’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘Thank you so much, Julian! I couldn’t have done it without you. You knocked me into shape, but with tons of patience and good humour. What a result! I’m over the moon!’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘I am beyond thrilled to say that my application has been successful. I cannot thank you enough for your unwavering support and invaluable advice. While I could not be certain of the outcome, I had absolute confidence that I could not have received better advice and guidance throughout the whole process. Thank you so very much.’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘Julian, you have been hugely supportive and have helped me in so many ways. I feel so lucky to have had your guidance and encouragement. More than anything else, I thoroughly enjoyed our sessions and found them both helpful and uplifting. The renewed vigour and confidence you have brought to my practice has resulted in this success. I cannot thank you enough.’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘Julian, thank you, thank you and thank you again for everything. I couldn't have done it without you. You've been superb from beginning to end! ’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘I am so very grateful for your assistance over the past year. I was successful this year with pretty much the same raw material as last year, when my feedback showed I hadn’t made the grade on two of the competencies and had given at least one poor answer in interview. The difference was very much your advice and insight on how to present and structure my application and your invaluable help with interview preparation. I only wish I had used your services sooner than I did!’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘Julian, I am delighted to say that I have been appointed! Thank you so much for your patience, understanding, skilful advice and judgement calls throughout. This year has been full of remarkable challenge, and you have supported and guided me in both my personal and professional life. You are an extraordinary man and I am indebted to you!’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘I want to say how grateful I am to you for all the help you gave me with my application. I really could not have done it without you. You had the courage and honesty to say not to do it one year, but then worked with me to build what is essentially a silk’s practice. It’s a terrific result, based on terrific advice. I couldn’t be happier or more grateful. Thank you!’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘I got Silk!! I am delighted beyond words!! Thank you so much for everything. Not just for your quite brilliant advice and assistance with the application but all of the work you have done to strengthen my practice and me, both as a person and as an advocate. You have invested so much in me over the last two years, and I am truly grateful.’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘My application was successful. I'm absolutely thrilled. Thank you so much for all your assistance - there is no way that I would have got it without all your patient and invaluable help and support.’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘Thank you for your outstanding support. Your confidence in me has fundamentally altered the way I view what I bring to practice and my sense of self. It has been a voyage of positive transformation which you have expertly steered with empathy, energy and vision. I am eternally grateful.’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘I’ve just received very good news. Many, many thanks for all your help and encouragement. I know people will tell you this all the time, but I really couldn’t have done this without you. Thank you so much!’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘Just to let you know I was successful this year. Thank you for all your help and guidance - it made an enormous difference. Rest assured I will be sending a steady stream of applicants your way in the future!! Once again thank you so much for your help.’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for your support, encouragement and challenge - your intense approach combined with real empathy for my situation brought out the very best in me. I came to you tentatively with such an unusual profile. You invested so much time to ensure I squarely met the demands of the process and then prepared me immaculately for my interview, working with me with such personalised professionalism to achieve this wonderful result. Again, thank you!’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘I just wanted to extend my greatest thanks for all your assistance during the Silk application process. I know for a fact that I could not have done it without you and for that I am forever grateful. Your guidance and critique were invaluable.’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘You have made a silk (purse out of a sow’s ear). I got appointed today. I am sure I could never have done that without you, and I wanted to say a sincere thanks. You were patient and you helped me navigate an alien process. Thank you again.’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘I have just heard that I got silk so wanted to thank you so much for all your advice and support. It made an enormous difference to my application and interview and I am very grateful.’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘Thank you, thank you, thank you. I honestly don’t think I would have got through this gruelling process without your calming influence! You managed to convince me that I had the building blocks for a successful application, present them in the right way and overcome those jittery doubts. I am immensely grateful to you.’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘When you and I first met I was a junior barrister. 2 years later I am a recorder and a silk! There is no co-incidence here. I cannot thank you enough for all the help you have given me. I remember you staying late to help me with the Recorder interview and making time for a second session before silk. Both of them were vital. Don’t get me started on the paperwork. Without your help on that I would not have even been at the races. As I said to a colleague as I was passing on your details yesterday (hope you don’t mind) ‘...this man is a magician!’. What can I say but thank you...again!’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘Could not have done this without your impeccable advice, encouragement and belief in my application. I am immensely grateful.’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘As you might have detected, I was not a fan of the process, but I mean it when I say that I always enjoyed our sessions together. Your knowledge and insights were invaluable, as were your patience and good humour. I am genuinely very grateful for all your support. Thank you for everything.’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘I am delighted to say that I’ve been appointed! Thank you so much for all your help. I really don’t think I could have navigated the process without you. Your advice and support were invaluable.’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘Julian, I am completely delighted to tell you that my application was successful! I am overjoyed! Thank you very much for your advice, (calming influence) and support through this long and gruelling process!’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘Terrific news! I was informed that the QCA have recommended me for appointment! Thank you for all of your help getting through this taxing process - your advice and input on strategy, form and interview were invaluable.’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘Thank you for all your work dragging me over the line - it’s very much appreciated. I will return the favour by recommending you to anyone who asks. Thanks again, you were brilliant!’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘You may have seen that my application was successful! I'm so grateful for all your help, which was absolutely invaluable and certainly contributed to this result. I will be enthusiastically referring others to you in the future!’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘Good news! Thank you so much for all your skilful advice and support - you really buoyed my confidence in myself and my application. I am eternally grateful!’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘I was successful! Thank you so much for helping me so brilliantly – I hated the process, but it would have been so much bumpier and precarious without your support and guidance.’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘It’s good news! Thanks so much for all your help. I could not have done it without your advice, encouragement and endless patience. I am truly indebted to you.’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘I’ve made it! Thank you for your help and support at every stage of the application process, for your incredible attention to detail, and for going the extra mile in the last few days leading to interview. It really made a massive difference.’

2020-21 Silk Appointment

‘Great news! I got the appointment and I’m absolutely delighted. I wanted to say how very grateful I am to you for bringing your immense skill and knowledge to bear on my application. I’m entirely sure that I wouldn’t have been appointed without you. Your steadfast guiding hand altered the way I approached the entire process. It was a revelation. From personal experience I can assure you of one thing - able as your competitors might be, you’re in an entirely different league!’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘Julian, I thought you should be one of the first to know - my application was successful. You have my very deepest gratitude. I could not have done it without your expertise, guidance, hard work, and good humour at the times when I was finding the process a little bleak. You prepared me superbly throughout. Thank you so much!’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘I’m pleased to say that I have been appointed. Thank you again, so very much, for your invaluable assistance. You were superb and I will recommend you widely!’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘Thank you so much Julian - I’ve been appointed! I can’t really believe it - I keep pinching myself! I know people must tell you this all the time but there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that if it weren’t for you, none of this would have happened. I felt so lacking in confidence. You showed me that my practice was good enough to apply. When I doubted myself, you stepped in and gave me the support and confidence to carry on. You’re an outstanding coach and a complete star!’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘I GOT IT!!! I’ve been recommended for Silk …. I can’t believe it, it’s like a dream. I am absolutely over the moon! I just wanted you to know. I will find better words when I’ve calmed down, but the point is, I could never have done this without you, you’ve made this possible for me and I am incredibly thankful and grateful to you.’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘I was successful! Thank you so much for all your hard work, patient help and guidance. I genuinely and sincerely couldn’t have done it without you.’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘Julian, what can I say? You have been brilliant. I approached this competition, as I suspect many female practitioners do, full of concerns and doubt. You built my confidence by helping me to understand that my practice was good enough to make an application which stood a good chance of success. You continued to build my confidence throughout our training for the interview. I don’t think I would have even made an application without your energy, inspiration and support. I know for certain I wouldn’t have been successful without your careful advice and comprehensive assistance. I am truly indebted to you.’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘I am so delighted! Thank you so much for all your help and support. It really was invaluable. I very much felt you went above and beyond, especially in the early stages when I was particularly anxious. Although there is a lot one could say about the process, I have genuinely found that it has helped prepare me for what lies ahead, and your coaching is a large part of that.’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘Thanks to your guidance and assistance I have been appointed. Unbelievable. I doubt I’d have managed either the process or the interview very well without you. Your interview training was particularly helpful, and I think has got me out of some bad habits generally. I’m terribly glad that I’m one of your success stories, I couldn’t face doing that form any more than once per lifetime!’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘Thank you so much for all your support. I am quite sure I would not have got an interview without your assistance. I can’t quite believe that you turned me from the wreck I was in our first meeting to how I was in our mock interview. You lived up to the rave reviews from my colleagues!’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘Julian, I have been appointed! I am absolutely over the moon. Thank you so very much for your wise advice and steadfast encouragement. Your prep for the interview was amazing - I don’t think it could have gone better. What a process! Many, many thanks.’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘I wanted to let you know straightaway that I have heard from the QCA this evening with the news that I am to be appointed QC. I cannot thank you enough for all your support, insight and encouragement which has been invaluable. I have greatly enjoyed working with you and am acutely conscious how much my success owes to your patience and your willingness to go above and beyond.’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘I have been appointed and am hugely grateful to you for all of your help with my application. I have no doubt that it made all the difference to my prospects. The work you do is invaluable for people in the position I was in and I hope you will continue helping others in the same position, alongside all of the other great things you do.’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘I am very pleased to tell you that my application was successful. I am extremely grateful to you for your guidance through the process. As you probably gathered, I was quite bruised from my experience the previous year and under your watch, it was a very different experience this time around!’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘I have been successful! I have to say that as far as I can see the difference between my application last year and this year was my interview performance which was largely if not entirely down to yourself. For that reason, I am more than grateful for all your time and effort. I could not have done it without you.’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘I just wanted to express my deepest gratitude to you for all the fantastic help you gave me in my application – I simply could not have done it without you and I will certainly recommend you to everyone who ever wants to apply for Silk!! Thank you very much again and I am, and always will be, extremely grateful to you.’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘Julian, I’m delighted to say I have been appointed. Thank you so much for all your help – I genuinely could not have done it without your measured and thoughtful assistance and it is really very much appreciated.’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘Julian, you will no doubt have seen that my application was successful. I wanted to thank you for your assistance. The substance of my application this year was much the same as last; the main difference was having your input into the drafting and interview, and it seems to have made all the difference to the outcome, so I am very grateful for that. I shall recommend you unhesitatingly to my colleagues.’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘Thanks so much for your help and for getting me in to proper shape for my interview. I simply could not have done it without your input and I will be grateful to you forever.’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘I have been successful in my application for QC. Thank you for all your guidance and help through the process. I would have been nowhere without you. Now to celebrate!’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘I am delighted to tell you that all your efforts with me have paid off and that I have been appointed. So very many thanks for your help with it all. I found it quite invaluable!’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘I did it! It is sinking in … slowly! That session with you was truly awful on my part, but it was totally necessary. It hit the mark which is something I realised after I had the interview. So, a very big thank you!’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘Many thanks for getting me over all the hurdles. It would have been a certain fail without your input.’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘Just to let you know …. it was good news this time round! What a huge relief! Many thanks for all your help, which was invaluable. I will be sure to recommend you to others!’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘I can’t stop smiling!! I got it!! Thank you so much for all your help, I couldn’t have got through the process without you.’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘All good! Which would frankly have been impossible without you. As well you know. Your assistance was invaluable. So, my thanks to you are boundless.’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘You are a miracle worker. I was successful. I cannot thank you enough for all your help, guidance and advice.’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘I got silk! Thank you so much. I feel that you completely transformed my rather mediocre application into something that sparkled.’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘Thumbs up!!!!!! Would not have been possible without your help and wise counsel. The sessions with you were invaluable. Thank you very much indeed.’

2019-20 Silk Appointment

‘Julian, I hope you will accept my sincere thanks for your help, support and advice in steering me home. I think you do an outstanding job in preparing people for silk and I am very glad indeed that a number of your former clients recommended you to me. I will certainly do the same for anyone I come across who is considering applying.’

2018 Silk Appointment

Delighted to say I got it! You really are quite something and have convincingly demonstrated that you are the best in the market. Many thanks again for all your assistance - I am spreading the word to anyone who asks about your brilliant services!’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘I was successful! Many thanks for your invaluable assistance and support. Having been unsuccessful in two previous competitions (working with one of your competitors), I know it was you who made the difference this time around. Thank you for believing in me and my practice, and for lifting me out of my despondency with understanding, energy and conviction. You are a truly remarkable individual. I am forever grateful.’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘I’ve been appointed! Thank you so much for all your help! It is no exaggeration to say I would not have got it without you. Your brilliance was absolutely what I needed to get me across the line. Thank you for everything!’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘Thank you so much for all your help during the process and with the interview preparation. I think that it is right to say that without your amazing assistance there is no way that the application would have been a successful one. Moreover, the last “pre-interview interview” on the day was invaluable and I am extremely grateful to you for fitting me in. I did feel at the time that I was about as well-prepared as I could be going into the interview and that was all thanks to you.’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘Julian, thank you so much for taking such care with my application. Your advice was always clear and straightforward. You prepared me meticulously for interview. I could not have felt in more capable hands. Having had the assistance of one of your competitors in two previous competitions, I can assure you that you leave them in your wake.’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘Thank you so much for all your hard work, support, kindness, patience and guidance. You have been unfailingly helpful, wise and reassuring during what is a very difficult process, and I will always be extremely grateful to you.’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘Julian, I am absolutely delighted at having been appointed. Thank you again most sincerely for all your professional advice during the last year. It has been quite a journey navigated with your continued support and encouragement at each step of the way and without which I do not think I would have achieved the same result.’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘No words can really express how grateful I am to you for all your assistance. I couldn’t have done it without you – you did an amazing job! Your investment in me and my application was more than anyone could ever have anticipated, and your advice was spot-on throughout. I’ve already sent others your way and will continue to do so. You’re brilliant!’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘Julian, I have been appointed and am both delighted and relieved! I cannot thank you enough for your very hard work in preparing me for interview. To begin with, your willingness to arrange a coaching session late at night, and then your determination to keep working with me until I delivered a mock interview which you felt hit the mark. Your patience, kindness and professional dedication are nothing short of outstanding. The support and confidence you gave me carried me through on the day - I am truly indebted to you.’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘Julian, I’m relieved to say that I’ve been appointed. I’m immensely grateful for everything you’ve done. Thank you so much for your superb guidance, endless patience and constant support. You’ve been amazing!’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘Thank you so much for all your hard work and assistance. You had such confidence in my application from the outset, which gave me the confidence to successfully battle with this demanding process. The thoroughness of your interview training meant I could deal with any question on the day. Put simply, you were invaluable from beginning to end.’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘Result! Delighted, relieved and incredibly grateful for everything you’ve done. You’ve been right beside me all the way, giving me the encouragement to soldier on even when I felt completely demoralised by this bloody awful process. You couldn’t have done any more for me and I’m eternally grateful.’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘Thank you so much Julian. I couldn’t have don’t this without you. You’ve been instrumental in my taking silk. You offered me endless patience and support and drove me on to achieve my goal. I’m eternally grateful and will be recommending you to all my colleagues.’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘Julian, you are such a gem. I honestly can’t thank you enough. You transformed me and I owe you a huge debt. It was your energy, excellent judgement, organisation and attention to detail that produced this brilliant result. There’s no one else even worth asking to consult on this process - you’re a superstar!’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘What kept me going was you telling me at one of our earlier meetings that I would get an interview and that I would be appointed – not that I believed it of course!! I absolutely could not have done this without you. I am incredibly grateful to you for everything.’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘Thanks so much Julian for all your work on my interview technique. Your wealth of experience and candid advice was invaluable; but more than that, it was a real pleasure working with you.’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘Many thanks to you for rescuing the interview, for your very hard work and especially your calm and cool head. You were wonderful!’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘Thank you for your support, enthusiasm, insight and patience. I simply couldn’t have done this without you!’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘Thank you for all your support. A lot of this process is simply having the confidence to do it - you gave that to me. Thank you so much.’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘Thank you for your incredibly valuable help and advice. I have already recommended you in the highest terms to a couple of colleagues planning to apply next year.’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘Thank you so much, Julian. I felt so thoroughly prepared. In fact, I know this wouldn’t have happened without you. A huge thank you!’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘Thank you for helping and supporting me throughout the competition. More than anything else, thank you for believing in me. I appreciate it so much. Without you, I couldn’t have done it!’

2018 Silk Appointment

‘Thanks so much, Julian. You have been an outstanding source of wisdom and support throughout, and I am indebted to you. I have already recommended you to my colleagues who are considering making an application in the next couple of years. Having previously had the assistance of one of your competitors, for me, there is no one else worth going to see - you are in a league of your own!’

2017 Silk Appointment

‘First shot - target hit. I am beyond grateful to you. Your assistance with the application form went far beyond the call of duty, and you prepped me brilliantly for interview. You have been absolutely superb in all respects: I am so very grateful to you.’

2017 Silk Appointment

‘Thank you so much, Julian! As I have said many times, this process would have been impossible without you. Every time I saw you, I came away feeling so much better about the whole thing. Thank you for your wisdom, comprehensive assistance and endless patience – priceless!’

2017 Silk Appointment

‘I could never have done this without your support and wise counsel. Your dedication to your clients is exemplary and your skills are nothing short of outstanding. Thank you so much. I am truly indebted to you.’

2017 Silk Appointment

‘My application for silk was successful! I owe you sincere thanks, and a debt of gratitude, for your help in the hours prior to my interview. I found our sessions hugely useful and an excellent way to focus my mind on what to expect at the interview itself. Thank you so much!’

2017 Silk Appointment

‘Julian, I feel compelled to immediately share with you the news that I no longer have need of your services! Thanks so much for your hard work throughout this arduous process; the mock interviews we had, particularly the one on the day of my interview itself, were invaluable in helping me to prepare. I am enormously grateful to you.’

2017 Silk Appointment

‘I couldn’t have done this without you - such care, skill and endless patience. I was indeed fortunate that my colleagues recommended you to me. Rest assured, I will be doing the same. Again, my sincere thanks.’

2017 Silk Appointment

‘Wonderful news - all thanks to you! It is hard to express just how much I have appreciated your help with this competition. I honestly do not know how people do it without you. You have been superb!’

2017 Silk Appointment

‘Thank you so much for your constant support and excellent advice throughout this process - absolutely invaluable!’

2017 Silk Appointment

‘I wanted to let you know that my application for silk has been successful. I am both delighted and relieved. Thank you for all your help (and patience) in preparation. I found it invaluable.’

2017 Silk Appointment

‘I am delighted to tell you that I succeeded in the Silk competition!! I am obviously delighted - and massively indebted to you. I will be sure to recommend you to others.’

2017 Silk Appointment

‘Many thanks Julian for your help these past 11 months. Having you alongside me was such a pleasure, both personally and professionally. You are brilliant at what you do!’

2017 Silk Appointment

‘Julian, I have been appointed! I am so grateful to you for your advice, help and encouragement. It was a tough process, but you were simply fabulous. A huge thank you!’

2017 Silk Appointment

‘Julian, I got it! Many thanks for all your assistance, which was incredibly helpful. You could not have been more supportive throughout this demanding process, and I am truly indebted to you.’

2017 Silk Appointment

‘Success!!! Many, many thanks for your invaluable help and advice. You were superb!’

2017 Silk Appointment

‘I thought you should know that your success rate with female QCs continues apace - we were both successful. Thank you so much for all your help and support. I will continue to recommend you!’

2017 Silk Appointment

‘It goes without saying, I could not have done it without you. I cannot thank you enough.’

2017 Silk Appointment

‘Julian, I received some good news this afternoon and wanted to thank you. I would never have got through this very difficult process without your excellent advice and support. Thank you so much.’

2017 Silk Appointment

‘Good news! Thank you so much for all your help!’

2017 Silk Appointment

‘Hurray!!! Julian, I’ve been appointed! Delighted beyond words. Thanks so much. You were brilliant!’

2017 Silk Appointment

‘I wanted to write to you to express my most sincere thanks. I have no doubt at all that without your help, advice and guidance my prospects of success would have been very much less. From our first meeting, I immediately trusted you and had faith in your skill and ability to help me safely navigate through the application process. Your knowledge and input was invaluable and far exceeded my expectations. I have no hesitation in saying to those in my Chambers considering applying for silk, “you must consult with Julian from the outset”.’

2016-17 Silk Appointment

‘Many, many thanks for your extraordinary efforts on my behalf. You were with me all the way from the listing of the relevant cases, to the application form and then the interview process. Many thanks for all of this; your assistance has been absolutely invaluable. I now know what it really means when people say "I could not have done it without you!".’

2016-17 Silk Appointment

‘I'm delighted to let you know that my application for silk was successful. I just wanted to say thank you again for all your help and assistance. Your initial review of my list of cases and potential referees was what gave me the confidence to make an application, and your advice on how to translate my practice into the language of the various competencies was hugely valuable. I will be recommending you to anyone who asks!’

2016-17 Silk Appointment

‘My application was successful. I know that I would not have been appointed without your guidance and support. The interview sessions I had with you were absolutely crucial to the outcome. I am extremely grateful and, to be honest, a bit overwhelmed! Thank you.’

2016-17 Silk Appointment

‘Many thanks indeed, Julian! Your help was invaluable. I felt very well prepared for the interview and I can't thank you enough for putting me in that position. I look forward to recommending you to colleagues in the future.’

2016-17 Silk Appointment

‘Thank you, thank you so much. Your advice and support throughout this entire process has been simply superb. I cannot imagine doing this without you!’

2016-17 Silk Appointment

‘A huge thank you for all the help and assistance you have given me. You were just brilliant!’

2016-17 Silk Appointment

‘I cannot thank you enough, Julian. I simply could not have got through this without you. Thank you for taking so much time to perfect my application and for preparing me so meticulously for interview. I was fully equipped and actually enjoyed it! Many, many thanks.’

2016-17 Silk Appointment

‘I got it!!! Thank you for your marvellous help and support. You were simply outstanding!’

2016-17 Silk Appointment

‘I’m pleased to say that I’ve been successful. Thank you so much for all your advice and support.’

2016-17 Silk Appointment

‘Thank you thank you thank you! I could not have done it without you!’

2016-17 Silk Appointment

‘I got silk! Thank you for everything you have done for me. You shaped my application brilliantly, and the preparation for interview was absolutely spot on. You came highly recommended from a very good friend of mine, but have exceeded all expectations!’

2016-17 Silk Appointment

‘Application successful! I am thrilled and enormously grateful to you for all your assistance.’

2016-17 Silk Appointment

‘I have been appointed to the rank of QC!!! I owe a great deal to you for all the help and advice you provided.’

2016-17 Silk Appointment

'A huge thank you for steering me so expertly and good-humouredly through the application process - and indeed for giving me the necessary advice and confidence to go for it in the first place. Your wise counsel and energetic tutelage were of inestimable value. I’ll be strongly recommending colleagues to you in the future.’

2015-16 Silk Appointment

'I will never be able to thank you enough for your help and guidance. You provided wise advice and comfort during the most difficult moments and knocked me into shape for the interview. Having previously been unsuccessful, I know it was you that made the difference this year.’

2015-16 Silk Appointment

'I got it! Thank you so much for your expert advice, generous assistance, rigorous training and, not least, your endless patience and good humour. I shall be enthusiastically recommending you to any of my colleagues who are considering applying for silk or a judicial position.’

2015-16 Silk Appointment

'Thank you for your encouragement and support throughout. You advised and assisted me so skilfully, and always with professionalism, sensitivity and good humour. I’m enormously grateful to you.’

2015-16 Silk Appointment

'Thank you so much for all your attention and care throughout the entire process. You’ve been a great source of calm and strength. I simply wouldn’t have done it without you!.’

2015-16 Silk Appointment

'Thank you for your support, patience and tenacity. I couldn’t have done it without you. You gave me confidence at every stage and inspired me to deliver my very best.’

2015-16 Silk Appointment

'It was your expert advice, support and encouragement which sustained me throughout. Utterly invaluable!’

2015-16 Silk Appointment

'Thank you so much for your help and support throughout this treacherous and demanding process. I simply do not believe that I could have got through it without you.’

2015-16 Silk Appointment

'Once again, many many thanks for your professional tutelage. You truly are the best of the best.’

2015-16 Silk Appointment

'I am absolutely thrilled! Thank you so much for your invaluable support, expert guidance and endless patience!’

2015-16 Silk Appointment

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Clients vary in the degree and nature of the assistance they require, and advisory and coaching activities are tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual. Therefore, fees are calculated at an hourly rate, with estimates provided whenever possible.


From 1 January 2021, we have adopted a two-tier fee structure in response to the very different earning levels of our clients during 2020.


The company’s standard hourly rate is £300 + VAT.


For those clients with gross salary or earnings of less than £100,000, a reduced hourly rate of £200 + VAT will apply.


In order to make efficient use of your time, and to provide you with value as the client, face-to-face consultations are combined with email communication and telephone discussion.



To find out more about our services, please contact Julian McCombe on 07971 119 390 or by email at julianmccombe@qcappointments.co.uk