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Number of vacancies: 1
Launch date: 13 February 2020 at 13:00
Closing date: 27 February 2020 at 13:00
The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has been asked to identify one candidate suitable for selection as Chancery Master. This exercise will run concurrently with the Deputy Chancery Master exercise.
About the Chancery Division
The Chancery Division of the High Court undertakes lots of civil work including specialist areas such as companies, patents and contentious probate. The range of cases heard in the Chancery Division is wide and varied.
The work includes hostile litigation relating to commercial or financial matters such as contractual disputes, fraud and banking, professional negligence, and also intellectual property cases involving copyright, trademarks, confidential information and passing off. Business litigation comprises most of the divisions work.
Masters are the second tier of judiciary in the High Court, and in April 2015, most restrictions on the powers of masters were removed so they are now similar to those of a High Court judge. Chancery business is divided between judges and masters depending on the complexity and weight of cases.
Who can apply
To apply, you must be a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales with at least five years post qualification experience. Previous judicial experience has been waived for this post, however, it is essential that candidates have relevant knowledge and experience in Chancery work.
Candidates should also be able to offer a reasonable length of service, usually of five 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.
Salaried part-time working (SPTW)
The post of Chancery Master is open to Salaried Part-Time Working (SPTW) at a minimum of 80% or to job share.
Preparing your application
Think about whether you are ready to apply for this role by taking a look at the Am I ready? tools on the JAC website.
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