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Fee-paid Deputy Chairman of the Copyright Tribunal

Closing date:  29 October, 2015 - 13:00

Open for applications: 15 October 2015 at 13:00

Closing date: 29 October 2015 at 13:00

Number of vacancies: 1

Fee: £700 per day

Location: Based in London, occasional sittings across the UK

The role

The JAC has been asked to recommend one candidate for the post of Fee-paid Deputy Chairman of the Copyright Tribunal. Hearings usually take place in London but Deputy Chairmen may be asked to sit elsewhere in the UK.

The Copyright Tribunal’s primary purpose is to resolve commercial licensing disputes between copyright owners or their agents (collecting societies) and people who use copyrighted material in their business. Cases involving copyright infringement or criminal piracy of copyright works are not dealt with by this tribunal.

The Deputy Chair will give guidance to the lay members on points of law and practice. The Deputy Chair also provides the guidance on the law and practice at the hearing and has a duty to give guidance to the parties and their representatives, and to parties who are not legally represented. Usually the parties are represented by legal advisors and counsel, however legal representation is not a requirement.

Who can apply

The JAC welcomes applications from;

  • Patent Attorneys or Trade Mark Attorneys registered with the Intellectual Property Regulation Board for 5 years,
  • Solicitors and barristers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, advocates or solicitors in Scotland, with five years post qualification experience (PQE), or
  • Someone who has held judicial office.

Knowledge of copyright law and of the law surrounding Intellectual Property would be useful. Experience of general commercial litigation and knowledge of commercial law would also be desirable but is not essential.

Further details of the selection process, with relevant dates and advice on how to prepare for the various stages of the process will be published on an Information Page when the exercise launches.

Apply On-Line

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Please do not hesitate to contact the helpdesk if you have any queries by either telephoning 020 3334 0123 or by emailing jaas@jac.gsi.gov.uk stating what your query is.