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Chamber President of the First-tier Tribunal, Health, Education and Social Care Chamber

Closing date:  16 October, 2019 - 13:00

Salary:  £151,497

Location:  Although the President may be based in any HMCTS location as agreed, they will also be required to travel to other meetings and hearings at other HMCTS sites as required.


The JAC has been asked to identify one candidate to recommend for the post of Chamber President of the First-tier Tribunal, Health, Education and Social Care Chamber. This exercise is expected to launch at 13:00 on 2 October 2019.

Who can apply

You are eligible to apply for this post if you are a judge of the Upper Tribunal or:

  • a solicitor or barrister in England or Wales with at least 7 years post-qualification legal experience
  • an advocate or solicitor in Scotland with at least 7 years post-qualification legal experience
  • a barrister or solicitor in Northern Ireland of at least 7 years post-qualification legal experience
  • in the opinion of the Senior President of Tribunals, you have gained experience in law which makes you as suitable for appointment as if you satisfy any of the conditions above

Additional selection criteria

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 of the First-tier Tribunal Health Education and Social Care Chamber is a senior tribunals leadership role.

The Chamber President has a number of powers and responsibilities, which, with few exceptions, are non-delegable.

He or she is the President of 1 of the 4 largest chambers or tribunals in the unified tribunals system, with responsibility for (presently) 2 Deputy Chamber Presidents, 1 salaried Chief Medical Member, 23 salaried tribunal judges and approximately 1,250 fee-paid judicial office holders (judges, medical members, professional members and specialist lay members) -- with further recruitment of judges and members under way.

As well as his or her responsibilities within the Chamber, the President discharges a number of other duties and responsibilities as a member of the tribunals senior leadership team and/or nominated to him/her by the Senior President within HMCTS or the Ministry of Justice and within the wider courts and tribunals.

As well as any sitting responsibilities, the Chamber President’s key responsibilities include: the administration of justice in the Chamber, the career development and health and welfare of the Chamber’s judiciary, judicial conduct complaints and discipline, judicial forecasting and recruitment and relations with Chamber users and stakeholders. There is considerable travel to and time spent in London. Regular travel to the Chamber’s other administrative bases across England is required.

Reform Programme

A significant feature of the Chamber 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 FtT HESC.

Additionally, Chamber Presidents will have an important part to play in assisting the Senior President to fulfil his duties under s2(3) of the TCE Act to ensure tribunals are accessible and proceedings before tribunals are fair and members of tribunals are experts in their subject matter.

About the process

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