Applications are invited from barristers for admission to the Office’s Counsel Panel


In view of the busy court period in December and the Christmas break, we have decided to extend the deadline for applications to Friday 20th January 2023.

All applications, including applications already received, will be considered after that date and applicants will be notified as soon as possible thereafter.

The Office of the Ombudsman, incorporating the Ombudsman; the Standards of Public Office Commission; the Information Commissioner; the Commissioner for Environmental Information; the Commission for Public Sector Appointments; the Referendum Commission; and the Office of the Protected Disclosures Commissioner, is inviting applications from registered members of the Roll of Practising Barristers for admission to its panel of practising barristers for the period of January 2023-December 2026.

The Office is seeking barristers at all levels of seniority to provide advice and representation in one or more areas of the law as outlined in the application form.

Applicants should consult the below documentation relating to the competition process for more details.

All completed applications should be submitted by email only to and should bear the subject of ‘Counsel Panel Application’ followed by the applicant’s name.

Applicants should enclose the completed application form below with their email, as well as any relevant documents outlined in section 8 of the application form.

All queries regarding the competition process should be directed to