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helping you prepare for silk and judicial appointment.

 

Judicial appointments coaching and interview training


Applying for judicial appointment is an increasingly competitive process. We are committed to providing the highest quality of professional assistance to those who wish to maximise their chances of success in securing a judicial post. Our services are comprehensive, whether initially advising on making a judicial application, assisting in drafting an application form, preparing for an online qualifying test, or coaching for the final selection day panel interview, situational judgement test, presentation or role play.


We understand that a competency-based system for selection may be challenging, particularly for those who have not undertaken an assessment process or interview for some time. We also recognise it can be frustrating for a high-performing professional to find it difficult to satisfy the various demands of the highly structured method of assessment employed by the Judicial Appointments Commission and other similar bodies.


In response, we offer our clients an unparalleled level of engagement and support. Through insightful coaching sessions, we will shed light on exactly how the judicial appointments process may be successfully navigated. At the same time, our approach to judicial appointments training is both rigorous and motivating; we ensure our clients fully appreciate what is required of them at each stage of the competition, and spur them on to give of their very best throughout.



Judicial 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 candidature could not be presented to better effect.


  1.    Assistance with each section of your application form

  2.    Careful selection of your referees to ensure your candidature receives maximum support

  3.    Identification of relevant competency examples drawn from your own professional experience

  4.    Assistance in presenting those examples in your application form to gain maximum competency ratings

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

  6.    Additional advice on and assistance with any preliminary qualifying tests




Judicial appointments interview training:


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


  1.    Discussion of the competency examples listed in your application form

  2.    An insight into exactly what the interview panel will be looking for

  3.    Advice on how to persuasively deploy competency examples from within and outside of your application form

  4.    Advice on how to respond effectively to situational judgement tests

  5.    An opportunity to undertake a competency-based mock interview (and situational judgement test)

  6.    Assistance in preparing for any role-play or presentation relevant to the specific selection exercise



There are two types of questions: those that seek further information relating to the examples provided in your application form and those that require entirely fresh competency examples. These questions will be put to you during the coaching session, firstly, on an informal basis, with your responses discussed and evaluated. Once confidence has been gained on the content and delivery of your answers, we will move on to conduct a formal mock interview.


It is highly desirable that interview 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 JAC 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, 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.


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 on an entirely no obligation basis, please contact Julian McCombe on 07971 119 390 or by email at julianmccombe@qcappointments.co.uk

 

What recent clients thought...

‘Julian, thank you so much for your first class service and support. My dealings with you were so instructive but also a pleasure. I cannot speak highly enough of your insight and understanding of the many different aspects of the application process. I will be heartily recommending you to anyone contemplating applying for silk or a judicial position.’

2020 High Court Appointment

‘Julian, I wanted to let you know that I have been successful. Once again, you have been with me all the way - superb advice and unfaltering support. I cannot thank you enough.’

2020 Recorder Appointment

‘Julian, I wanted to write to thank you for all your support, kindness and insight throughout this demanding process. I have found making this application to be extremely challenging. Fortunately, with your help this year, I clearly understood the target for the first time and made it through to appointment. I am delighted, relieved and grateful beyond words.’

2020 Circuit Judge Appointment

‘Once again, very many thanks for all of your invaluable help and advice, without which I am sure the outcome would have been different. I have already recommended you to others and will be in touch again the next time I find myself going through a process like this.’

2019 Deputy High Appointment

‘I must first of all thank you for your skilful guidance and unwavering support over the years, not least in respect of this appointment. I am also very grateful for the assistance you have provided to various members of chambers concerning their silk and judicial applications; your input has transformed our approach and levels of success. I will, of course, continue to recommend you in the highest terms.’

2020 High Court Appointment

‘Julian, many, many thanks for going above and beyond in helping me with my interview, especially talking me through my nerves the night before. Your support was crucial - it gave me such confidence on the day. My role play and interview were completely different experiences to last time, and I have you to thank for that!’

2020 Recorder Appointment

‘And so, first silk and now my appointment as a recorder. I know people will tell you this all the time, but I couldn’t have achieved any of this without you. You have extraordinary insight into these exercises; I think anyone would be mad not to seek your assistance. Obviously, I’ll continue to recommend you to everyone. My sincere thanks!’

2020 Recorder Appointment

‘Julian, I’m so very grateful to you for all your help in getting me to the right place and in sorting out my interview style. You really did make all the difference to my approach and my preparation and I’m extremely grateful to you.’

2020 Recorder Appointment

‘Julian, I’m so pleased to tell you that I’ve been appointed. It went so well… with all of your wonderful help and advice. I felt so well prepared this time around. My third application, and I know it was you that made the difference!’

2020 Recorder Appointment

‘Thank you again for your comprehensive assistance and insightful advice - I know they were indispensable to my success.’

2019 High Court Appointment

‘I wish to thank you very much indeed for all the help you provided me with in preparing for the interview. It genuinely made all the difference. I am sure that it was your detailed analysis and guidance which meant that this year I finally managed to make the grade. I am very pleased and most grateful.’

2020 Recorder Appointment

‘Julian, a bullseye for me. Thank you for your invaluable assistance. A feather in your cap for having helped a solicitor to be appointed as a Recorder. Forever in your debt.’

2020 Recorder Appointment

‘Julian, thank you so much for all your help. I couldn’t have done it without your support and advice. As you know, this was my third attempt. I wish I’d come to you before - my application and performance at the selection day were completely transformed. I’m so grateful to you.’

2020 Recorder Appointment

‘As you might imagine, I am delighted with my appointment - it is all thanks to you! You translated a quite alien process into a practical and realisable goal and then helped me to achieve it. You must hear this all the time, but I could not have done this without you - your input was marvellous. Thank you so much!’

2019 Circuit Judge Appointment

‘Julian, I wanted to thank you for your help with the Recorder interview. I’m happy to say that I’ve been appointed - which feels very good. It’s been a long process. This was my fourth attempt, and I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to make the grade. Your advice and support were invaluable and made all the difference. My sincere thanks.’

2020 Recorder Appointment

‘I’ve been appointed and couldn’t be happier. Thank you for everything you’ve done to get me to this point. You’ve demonstrated enormous patience and given me the very finest advice throughout. You’re head and shoulders above your competitors!’

2020 Recorder Appointment

‘Julian, I couldn’t and wouldn’t have done it without you. Thank you so much!!!!’

2019 Deputy High Appointment

‘Thank you for giving me the confidence to press on with my applications - I am so pleased with both of my appointments. You allayed my concerns at every stage and helped me do my very best at both interviews. I am eternally grateful and will be returning to you for my next judicial application.’

2020 Recorder Appointment

‘Well, Julian, what a result! My fourth application and, with your assistance, I’ve finally been appointed. You’re a tough task master but you really drove me to give my best performance on the day. No-one has ever pushed me so hard, not even my leaders! You were uncompromising but brilliant. The results speak for themselves. Huge thanks!’

2020 Recorder Appointment

‘Julian, I wanted to write to thank you once again for your assistance. I am certain I would not have achieved either of these appointments without your support and guidance. In due course, I will be applying for a full-time position - rest assured I will be knocking on your door. In the meantime, I will continue to recommend you to all my colleagues.’

2020 Recorder Appointment

‘I have been appointed and wanted to express my sincere gratitude for your assistance with my application form and preparation for interview. With your expert input, I know I could not have done any better on the day. I am very grateful to you and will be recommending you to others.’

2020 Recorder Appointment

‘Julian, I wanted to say thank you so much for your invaluable work earlier this year preparing me for the interview - it was a very different experience from my first interview in 2018! In short, this time I went in on the front foot and I have you to thank for that.’

2020 Recorder Appointment

‘Julian, I have been appointed! I am under no illusions. I know that I could not have got anywhere near a successful application without your help. The confidence that you gave me after the mock interview carried me through. I cannot thank you enough.’

2019 Recorder Appointment

‘I am so grateful to you for all your support and good advice. You really pushed me to provide my very best examples during our interview training session which hugely enhanced my performance on the day. This was my third attempt, and you made all the difference. Thank you!’

2019 DDJ Appointment

‘Julian, I got the post! Many thanks indeed for all your excellent advice and help from beginning to end – they were invaluable. Rest assured that I shall recommend you to others in the most glowing terms.’

2019 Circuit Judge Appointment

‘I can’t tell you how delighted I am, Julian. I’ve applied 5 times. In all honesty, I hadn’t really understood what they were looking for – to say you ‘opened my eyes’ would be the understatement of the century. If only I’d come to you 5 years earlier!’

2019 Recorder Appointment

‘I'm very happy to report that I've been successful in my application. Thank you so much for your invaluable help at every stage. There's no doubt in my mind that my application was 100% better focused than it would otherwise have been. I'm very grateful to you.’

2019 Employment Judge Appointment

‘Thank you so much for your amazing assistance – I wouldn’t have got through this process without your skill, insight, kindness and empathy. You really built my confidence. By the time I got to the selection day, I was totally prepared to take on anything, including misbehaving court users! You’re one in a million and I’m immensely grateful to you. I’ve already sent several colleagues in your direction and will continue to do so.’

2019 Recorder Appointment

‘I thought you would be pleased to hear that I was successful in the DDJ competition, my appointment having been formally announced last week. I can say with complete confidence that my application would not have got off the ground without the assistance you have given me. Many thanks for all the help!’

2019 DDJ Appointment

‘Julian, I am delighted with the appointment! A huge thank you for all your help preparing for my interview and for your advice throughout the process. You really went over and above and I am incredibly grateful.’

2019 Tribunal Appointment

‘Thank you so much for all the excellent advice and support you’ve given me – I couldn’t have done it without you. The final mock interview session we had really buoyed my confidence. I’ll be back to see you for my silk application!’

2019 Recorder Appointment

‘Julian, to let you know that I was successful with the FTT application. With your help, the interview was much less daunting this time around - I felt so well prepared. Thanks again for everything.’

2019 Tribunal Appointment

‘The meeting we had was extremely beneficial. I felt I was able to put my best foot forward during the interview, something which had previously daunted me and, from the feedback I received, proved to be an obstacle to my appointment on no less than three previous occasions. However, with your assistance, I have now been appointed. I am both relieved and very pleased with the outcome. Thank you very much indeed.’

2019 Recorder Appointment

‘Thank you so much for your skilled guidance and patience. I will be returning to you next time I make an application - you are undoubtedly the best in the field.’

2018 Recorder Appointment

‘Got it! Thanks so much for all your help. Invaluable assistance with the application form. Couldn’t have prepared me any better for interview. Both delighted and very grateful.’

2018 High Court Appointment

‘Good news, Julian - I’ve been appointed! Thank you for all your help and encouragement. I wouldn’t have been able to produce the form without your expert guidance and the training for the interview was spot on. I’m very grateful to you - you made a huge difference!’

2018 Deputy High Appointment

‘It’s just been confirmed that I’ve been appointed as a recorder. It goes without saying, I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for your guidance and unwavering support, and for finding time in your diary to see me even when there was none! I am indebted to you.’

2018 Recorder Appointment

‘I am so pleased to tell you that I have been appointed! Your work with me was simply phenomenal. You demonstrated a superb level of expertise throughout, including a profound insight into the process. Your guidance and assistance with the application form was meticulous yet very practical; you demystified and unravelled exactly what the JAC were looking for. And, it was your enthusiasm and belief that spurred me on to give of my very best at interview. To say “thank you” seems totally inadequate.’

2018 Recorder Appointment

‘Once again, Julian, you have been with me all the way to another appointment. I honestly do not know why people would even consider entering these competitions without you by their side; invaluable does not begin to describe your patience, support and expertise. Obviously, I will be recommending you to everyone I know who is considering a silk or judicial application. Thank you so much!’

2018 Recorder Appointment

‘I'm delighted to say that I've been appointed! Many thanks for your assistance and support. You gave me the confidence to complete this daunting exercise. I'm very grateful to you.’

2018 Deputy High Appointment

‘As you might imagine, I was delighted to be appointed. I felt so well prepared and would like to say thank you for your support and advice. It made a big difference to my confidence and truly helped me understand how to tackle such a prescribed process.’

2018 Tribunal Appointment

‘You’ll have seen that my appointment as a recorder was announced today. Having been unsuccessful last time around, I’ve received the news with both excitement and relief! Needless to say, I’m indebted to you for all your fantastic training and advice - they made all the difference. In fact, I don’t think you could have prepared me any better. And so, an enormous thank you!’

2018 Recorder Appointment

‘Thank you so much, Julian. You made sure that I was brilliantly prepared for the telephone interview (which seems so long ago) and the assessment day. With your assistance, I know I couldn’t have done any better at any stage of the process. I’m delighted with my appointment and owe you huge thanks!’

2018 Recorder Appointment

‘As always, Julian, you were first class. Thank you for giving me the motivation and focus to succeed, in spite of the heavy demands of practice. Not least, I will be ever grateful to you for your willingness to help me with my application at 3am!’

2018 Recorder Appointment

‘I wanted to let you know that you have successfully managed to assist another member of the judiciary with their appointment. Thank you so much for your amazing help and support. I know for sure that I would not have been able to do it without you. My unimaginable thanks!’

2018 District Judge Appointment

‘What can I say - yet again, you’ve been amazing! You supported and guided me at every stage. I couldn’t have done it without you and I can’t thank you enough.’

2018 Recorder Appointment

‘My appointment has just been announced and I wanted to immediately write to thank you for your invaluable assistance in getting me there. I am very much in your debt for the enormous amount of help (and confidence) that you gave me, without which, I know, I would not be where I am.’

2018 Recorder Appointment

‘I have been appointed. No doubt due to your good help. Many thanks for all your very helpful assistance.’

2018 Tribunal Appointment

‘Good news: I’ve been appointed! Thank you again for all your assistance in this process; it has been invaluable. I will definitely recommend you to any colleagues going for judicial posts or silk.’

2018 Recorder Appointment

‘I am finally able to write to thank you for your unwavering support throughout what was a lengthy and often demanding process. From your initial expert advice and meticulous assistance with my application form through to interview training, both for the telephone interview and the assessment day, you could not have placed me in a better position. Perhaps, more than anything else, you instilled confidence in me from the outset. I am quite certain that I would not have been appointed without your help, and am truly indebted to you.’

2017 Deputy High Appointment

‘Many, many thanks for your help which I found invaluable at every stage of the process.’

2017 High Court Appointment

‘Thank you so much for everything you did to assist me. You guided me through the application form with confidence, knowledge and skill. As for interview training, you were simply superb. You could not have placed me in a stronger position and I am indebted to you.’

2017 Circuit Judge Appointment

‘Julian, thank you for your wonderful help. I have made the grade and have you to thank.’

2017 Deputy High Appointment

‘I couldn’t have done it without you. Faultless advice, encouragement and criticism where needed. You were wonderful!’

2017 Circuit Judge Appointment

‘Thanks so much for your help with my application. I appreciate your guidance, assistance and extremely helpful advice.’

2017 District Judge Appointment

‘I was successful! I am so grateful to you for the session we had, which I must say I found enormously helpful.’

2016 High Court Appointment

'I am very grateful to you for all your help with firstly the application form and secondly the interview. It clearly stood me in good stead for the selection day. I am sure that your involvement in the process went a long way to the final outcome.’

2016 Circuit Judge Appointment

‘I am so grateful to you... I am convinced our session was a game changer.’

2016 Circuit Judge Appointment

‘Thank you for all your expert assistance.’

2016 Circuit Judge Appointment

'Having first been appointed many years ago, I came to you not knowing what a “competency” was. You expertly assisted me in crafting the application form, and then prepared me for interview in the most rigorous fashion which gave me confidence on the day. I am quite certain that I would not have successfully made it through this arduous process without you, and I cannot thank you enough.’

2015 Circuit Judge Appointment

‘I have been appointed! Thank you for all your very hard work. The competition is difficult and demanding, with so many hurdles to overcome. I felt very nervous at the outset and you brought assurance and calm. Your excellent advice, support and encouragement were invaluable at each stage, and I am truly indebted to you.’

2015 Recorder Appointment

‘The one thing I am certain of is that I could not have managed it without your invaluable help. Many many thanks.’

2015 Recorder Appointment

’Thank you for your outstanding professional judgement and expertise both in assisting me with the application form and in preparing me for interview. Your genuine care and determined support were ever apparent. You are head and shoulders above the rest and I shall be wholeheartedly recommending you to my colleagues.’

2015 Circuit Judge Appointment

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