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Michael Frampton

Fee-paid Medical Member, First-tier Tribunal War Pensions & Armed Forces Compensation Chamber

"I have found it very stimulating."

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Stephen Nichols

District Judge (Civil)

"When I began my career as a CILEx Fellow I didn't for one moment think I might one day become a District Judge."

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Karen Hammond

District Judge (Magistrates' Court)

"I was teaching law before I applied to be a Judge. As soon as I started to sit I loved it."

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Jo Ann Boylan-Kemp

Fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber

"I would encourage other academics to apply."

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Jennifer Eady

Senior Circuit Judge, Employment Appeal Tribunal

"I enjoyed my career at the Bar and got a lot out of it, but I don't miss it."

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Juliette Coffey

Deputy District Judge (Civil) and Fee-Paid Judge, First-tier Tribunal, SEC

"The judiciary is a real option for appropriately-qualified government lawyers"

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Brian Doyle

President of the Employment Tribunals

"You can't underestimate the value of extra research and reading."

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Faridah Eden

Fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Health, Education and Social Care Chamber, Mental Health

"The GLS sees this as a positive thing; they see the read-across benefits."

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Jeffrey Davies

Lay Member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales

"I found there was a great deal of pertinent information on the JAC website."

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Hodge Malek QC

Fee-paid Chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal

"In the interview they ask all the right questions and are very probing"

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Dr Vanessa Rogers

Salaried Medical Member of the First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber

"Taking on appraisal and training has been stimulating."

Eleri Rees

Eleri Rees

Recorder of Cardiff

"There is increasing diversity in the judiciary. People are taking different routes through their careers."

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Helena Suffield Thompson

Fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber

"If you have a disability it is part of you but it doesn't have to define you."

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Rhona Imrie

Disability Qualified Panel Member

"The role-play took me very much out of my comfort zone and gave a true account of how a tribunal should work"

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Dr Joan Rutherford

Salaried Member (Specialist Medical) of the First-tier Tribunal, HESC (Mental Health)

"It has been a big change leaving my work in the NHS, but a very good one."

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Paula Tyler

Circuit Judge

"My female partner is also a Circuit Judge. I have found the bar and the judiciary to be extremely accepting."

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Simon Barker

Senior Circuit Judge

"The interview is challenging. However, the style and atmosphere is designed to put the candidate at ease."

Anne Molyneux

Anne Molyneux

Circuit Judge (crime)

"There is no reason why it should not be the norm for solicitors to become circuit judges."

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Nicholas Parfitt

District Judge

"I enjoy the exposure I get to a much wider range of people and problems."

Judith Gleeson

Judith Gleeson

Senior Immigration Judge

"It is a fascinating, wonderful job."

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Sonia Proudman

High Court Judge (Chancery)

"It is a privilege to be a mover and shaker at the centre of things."

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Sherrilyn Warren

Salaried Employment Judge

"Right now, I couldn't be happier! The atmosphere is supportive and collegiate and we get on well."

Mark Hinchliffe

Mark Hinchliffe

Deputy President of the HESC Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal

"The JAC does what it says on the tin, judges are now appointed solely on merit."

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Edward Murray

Recorder (crime)

"What made a huge difference for me was the shadowing."

Richard Wright

Richard Wright

Deputy District Judge

"The 20 days a year that I sit are one of the most enjoyable parts of my professional life."

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Jane Coker

Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber

"In the period leading up to my interview, I read through whole cases relating to work I was doing"

Gabrielle Jan Posner

Gabrielle Jan Posner

Crown Court Recorder

For the application form itself, I used as many practical examples as I could..."

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Navdeep Deol

Fee-paid Employment Judge

"I was unsuccessful but was encouraged by others who had been through this very competitive process to try again."

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Hazel Oliver

Fee-paid Employment Judge

"LGBT individuals should definitely feel able to apply for judicial roles if they are interested in becoming a judge."

Tim Smith

Tim Smith

Fee-paid Social Entitlement Judge

"My advice is to be honest with your firm about your motivations for being a Judge."

Jaron Lewis

Jaron Lewis

District Judge (Civil)

"No one who is LGBT should feel held back due to a misconception about what the judiciary is like."

Catharine Seddon

Catharine Seddon

Fee-paid Disability Member of the First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber

"It's important judicial work and - in human terms - really fascinating."

Jude Ellery

Jude Ellery

Deputy District Judge (Civil) and Fee-paid Judge, Social Entitlement Chamber

"I believe my firm was pleased to have someone with judicial experience."

Marcus Smith QC

Marcus Smith QC

Fee-paid Chairman of the United Kingdom Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT)

"Your application needs to be supported with specific examples."

Jeffrey Clarke

Jeffrey Clarke

Drainage and Farmer Panel Member of the Agricultural Land Tribunals

"I bring some common sense about farming situations to the tribunal."

Marion Rickman

Marion Rickman

Fee-paid Legal Member of the Mental Health Tribunal

"Being involved and promulgating best practice, is very rewarding."

Frank Holloway

Dr Frank Holloway

Fee-paid Medical Member of the First-tier Tribunal, HESC (Mental Health)

"It is an interesting and beneficial way of using your skills."

Ray Singh

Ray Singh

Recorder

Ray Singh, appointed a Recorder on the Northern Circuit in 2009, was only the second Asian solicitor to be appointed to the role.

Sarah Jane Lynch

Sarah Jane Lynch

Became a Recorder in 2009 and is now a Circuit Judge on the North Eastern Circuit

"I wanted a different challenge"

Gary Hickinbottom

Gary Hickinbottom

High Court Judge

"Having given advice for 20 years, I wanted a different role making the decisions."

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Clement Goldstone

Resident Senior Circuit Judge

"You have to be really hungry for the role."

Roger Evans

Roger Evans

Farmer Panel Member of the Agricultural Land Tribunal Wales.

"It's good to know you are providing a useful and impartial service."

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Rachael Vasmer

Salaried Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber

"Joining the judiciary has been very positive."

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Olufemi Oluleye

Fee-paid Judge, First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber

"I started planning my move to become a judge three years ago."

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Tan Ikram

District Judge (Magistrates' Courts)

"I come from Slough and I wasn't sure people like me became judges"

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Michael Fordham

Recorder

"For me, becoming a judge is more about vocation than ambition. It is a new way in which to contribute to the law."

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Joanna Wade

Salaried Employment Judge

"I am openly gay. I found the selection process and since appointment find the tribunal to be very inclusive."

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Ian Ashley Smith

Deputy District Judge

"The key to a successful application for judicial office is preparation."

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Lucy Theis

High Court Judge

"Speaking to people who have been through the selection procedures before can be extremely helpful."

Rabinder Singh

Rabinder Singh

High Court (Queen's Bench Division)

"If you decide to apply for a judicial post you need to give very careful thought to your application form."

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