The congratulations email received by today’s new QCs comes with…a bill for £4,200 (inclusive of VAT), plus a £215 ‘Letters Patent Fee’, taking the total sum payable by the legal hotshots to a cool £4,415.
And when’s it due? ‘Immediately’.
A copy of the email is below.
1. Appointment fee
Applicants who are appointed Queen’s Counsel are required to pay an appointment fee of £4,200 inclusive of VAT to Queen’s Counsel Appointments to help cover the costs of the selection process.
2. Letters Patent Fee
An additional fee for £215 (VAT is not chargeable) is payable to the Exchequer for your Letters Patent. Queen’s Counsel Appointments will be collecting this fee on behalf of the Crown Office.
Total sum due: £4,415.
Payments can be made electronically or by cheque, please see the instructions below.
Electronic Payments can be made to Queen’s Counsel Appointments
Sort Code: XX XX XX
Account Number: XXXXXXXX
Cheques should be made payable to: Queen’s Counsel Appointments
Made out in the sum of: £4,415 (inclusive of 20% VAT)
Sent to: Queens Counsel Appointments
3rd Floor Totara Park House
34-36 Gray’s Inn Road
DX – 387
London Chancery Ln
Enquiries: 020 7831 0020