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President of the Employment Tribunal (England and Wales)

Closing date:  16 October, 2019 - 13:00

Salary:  £151,497

Location:  Expected to travel to tribunal venues throughout England and Wales


The JAC has been asked to identify 1 candidate to recommend for the post of President of the Employment Tribunal (England and Wales). This exercise is expected to launch at 13:00 on 2 October 2019.

The Employment Tribunal (England and Wales) is an independent judicial body that makes decisions in legal disputes around employment law. It was established to resolve disputes between employers and employees over employment rights. The tribunal will hear claims about employment matters such as unfair dismissal, discrimination, wages and redundancy payments.

Although the President may be based in any HMCTS location as agreed, a significant number of meetings will take place in London.

Who can apply

You are eligible to apply for this post if you are a:

  • solicitor or barrister in England or Wales with at least 5 years post-qualification legal experience
  • solicitor or advocate in Scotland with at least 5 years post-qualification legal experience
  • solicitor or barrister in Northern Ireland with at least 5 years post-qualification legal experience

Additional selection criteria

Substantial experience of employment and equality law and of Employment Tribunal practice and procedure is essential.

Candidates are also expected to have previous judicial experience, sitting as a judge in a salaried or fee-paid capacity or a similar role such as the chair of an equivalent body for which a legal qualification is required.

The length of judicial experience required is a minimum of 30 completed sitting days since appointment, not including training or sick days.

Only in exceptional cases and if the candidate in question has demonstrated the necessary skills in some other significant way should an exception be made.

In addition, candidates should 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.

About the role

The President will provide the jurisdictional lead for Employment Tribunals in England and Wales, working closely with Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS), which provides the administrative support for Employment Tribunals. The President will contribute to the senior judicial management team supporting the Senior President of Tribunals through his/her membership of the Tribunals Judiciary Executive Board. In addition, the President will maintain a close working relationship with the Senior President of Tribunals and will assist him/her, as required, to achieve the agreed policy objectives of the tribunals judiciary. The President is a judicial member of the Employment Jurisdiction Board and may also be nominated to serve on other boards, committees or working groups (such as the Tribunals Judicial Activity Group and others) by the Senior President of Tribunals.

Although the President has a Support Office based in London, and will be expected to attend or participate in meetings in London on a regular basis, his or her principal place of work may be at any HMCTS premises to be agreed.

Reform Programme

A significant feature of the President’s work will involve interaction with other Tribunal Presidents and the courts leadership judiciary in respect of the HMCTS Reform Programme and, in particular, the delivery of reform and modernisation of the Employment Tribunals. The President can also expect to be alert to and responsive to reform initiatives relating to employment and equality law and to the Employment Tribunals generally that might originate from government departments, the Law Commission and other law reform bodies.

About the process

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