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Panel Counsel - New Regional Panel structure in operation from 3 April 2018

Panel Counsel - New Regional Panel structure in operation from 3 April 2018

This purpose of this email is to announce the reorganisation of the Attorney General's Regional Panel.

I would be very grateful if you could also forward this message on to the Circuit Leaders please.

"The Attorney General maintains panels of junior counsel to undertake civil and EU work for all government departments.  These comprise of London Panels and a Regional Panel. There is also a Public International Law Panel to undertake such work on behalf of government.

From 3 April 2018, the Attorney General's Regional Panel of Junior Counsel will be restructured to align it with the London Panels. Outside London and the South East there are 5 regions to which counsel belong; North East, North, Wales, Midlands and South West. Within each region the panel will be set up as follows:

Regional      A panel – this is for senior juniors with at least 10 years post pupillage      experience at the point of appointmentRegional      B panel – this is for middle juniors who have at least 5 years      post-pupillage experienceRegional      C panel – this is for juniors who have between 2 and 5 years      post-pupillage experience.

The years of experience stated above are a minimum and many of those on the panel have considerably more experience than the minimum.

Choice of regional Counsel is based on the region where the work is and the seniority and experience required to undertake it.

The general principle will remain that any appointment to the Regional Panel will be for a period of 5 years*.

Members of the A Panel are appointed for a period of five years and may seek further five-year appointments in competition when opportunities are advertised. There is no limit to the number of periods of reappointment an individual can have to the A Panel. They must step down from the Panel if they take Silk.

Members of the Regional B Panel are appointed for one period of five years; they can apply for promotion to the Regional A Panel once they have sufficient advocacy experience and when opportunities are advertised. They must step down from the Panel if they take Silk. Anyone serving a full 5 year term on the Regional B Panel will have to seek appointment to the Regional A Panel in order to remain on the Regional Panel after that 5 year term ends.

Members of the Regional C Panel are appointed for one period of five years; they can apply for promotion to the Regional B Panel once they have sufficient experience and when opportunities are advertised. Anyone serving a full 5 year term on the Regional C Panel will have to seek appointment to a higher Panel in order to remain on the Regional Panel after that 5 year term ends.

The pay rates are as follows:

Amount payable for   Regional Counsel

Regional A   Panel

£110 hourly rate

Regional B Panel

£90 hourly rate

Regional C Panel

£60 hourly rate

Timing of the next Regional Panel recruitment exercise

From 2019 onward, an annual competition will take place in the summer enabling new candidates to apply and offering existing Panel members the opportunity to seek promotion to a higher Panel, should they feel the time is right for them to do so.

For more information about the panel counsel system, please contact ku.vog.lageltnemnrevog@lesnuoclenap "

*Terms of appointment will be extended to fit in with the recruitment timetable where necessary.

Government Legal Department

13.4.18





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