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Queens Bench Masters and Admiralty Registrar
The JAC has been asked to identify 4 candidates suitable for selection as Queen's Bench Masters. This exercise is expected to launch in March.
2 of the vacancies are immediate and 2 are expected to arise in the near future. Of the 2 immediate vacancies, 1 is for the Admiralty Registrar who will divide their time between Admiralty and general Queen’s Bench work.
About the role:
All litigation in the Queen’s Bench Division Central Office is assigned to Queen’s Bench Masters who have a high level of expertise in the conduct of civil litigation and specialise in the heavier cases concerning contract and tort, especially personal injury claims including industrial disease claims, professional negligence actions including clinical negligence, defamation and human rights, and complex contractual disputes.
Those authorised to act as a Queen’s Bench Master will be expected to undertake interlocutory work comprising of case management in a proactive manner of substantial and complex civil actions both pre- and post-trial including Group Actions and Representative Actions assigned to them by the Senior Master.
They will also decide complex issues of jurisdiction, forum, service, limitation, summary disposal, evidence and enforcement and foreign process for the major part of the Courts of England and Wales as delegated by the Senior Master including the application of The Hague Convention and the European Regulations governing the service of process, taking of evidence and recognition and enforcement of judgments.
The Admiralty Registrar typically sits 2 days a week dealing with Admiralty matters with the remainder of their time allocated to general Queen’s Bench claims. The Admiralty Court is part of the Business and Property Court of the High Court of Justice which handles shipping and maritime disputes. The Admiralty Registrar allocates cases issued in the Admiralty Court either to themselves, the Admiralty Court judge, the County Court or the general Queen’s Bench Division.
Who can apply
This exercise is open to Solicitors and Barristers in England and Wales with at least 5 years post qualification legal experience.
In addition, candidates are expected to have previous judicial experience sitting as a judge in a salaried or fee-paid capacity, or in a similar role such as the chair of an equivalent body for which a legal qualification is required. A minimum of 30 completed sitting days since appointment, not including training or sick days, is expected. Only in exceptional cases, where the necessary skills are demonstrated in some other significant way, will an exception be made.
Candidates should also be able to offer a reasonable length of service, usually of 5 years, before the statutory retirement age of 70.
The Commission encourages diversity and welcomes applications from groups currently under represented in the judiciary. The principles of fair and open competition will apply and recommendation for appointment will be made solely on merit.
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