00773: Fee-paid Employment Judge of the Employment Tribunals (England and Wales)

For the first time in three years, the judicial Appointments Commission is inviting applications for appointment as a Fee-paid Employment Judge of the Employment Tribunals.

Update 22.02.13

Please note that the terms and conditions for this role have been amended. An up-to-date set is available on the right-hand-side of this page.

There are up to 60 positions available across England and Wales.  Successful candidates will be required to sit for a minimum of 30 days a year. You will be supported in the role by a comprehensive training programme and benefit from a salaried Employment Judge as your mentor.

Reference: 00773
Number of vacancies: up to 60
Fees: £460 per day
Locations: In all regions across England and Wales (Welsh speaking and reading is desirable but not essential)
Launch date: 7 February 2013
Closing date for applications: noon on 28 February 2013

The role
Employment Judges preside over Employment Tribunals, whose jurisdiction involves hearing a wide range of employment based disputes.

Tribunal panels normally consist of an Employment Judge and two lay members - one from the employee panel and one from the employer panel. Employment Judges also sit without lay members to decide matters of law and fact.

There is a wide range of representation in the Employment Tribunal including those who may be representing themselves in hearings. The challenge is to achieve a fair outcome, which all parties can understand and hopefully accept.

There are case studies of Fee-paid Employment Judges on the JAC website

The Tribunal
A substantial number of claims include allegations of discrimination, unfair dismissal, breach of contract, unlawful deductions from wages, transfer of undertakings and public interest disclosure.

The length of hearings varies considerably, with the longest cases taking many days. The hearings may determine a case, or may be restricted to a preliminary issue or an interlocutory hearing for directions. Cases may involve one applicant or anything up to a complete workforce.

The remedies which may be awarded for a successful claim include reinstatement or re-engagement when unfair dismissal is found, and making a declaration of the parties' rights in claims involving discrimination on the grounds of race, sex or disability.

The person
These posts are open to solicitors and barristers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, advocates or solicitors in Scotland, and Chartered Legal Executives, with five years post qualification experience (PQE).

Key terms and conditions
 An appointment as a fee-paid Employment Judge is for five years.
 It may be renewed for successive five-year periods subject to an upper age limit of 70 years.
 The minimum sitting requirement is 30 days per year. There is the opportunity to sit more frequently.
 Employment Judges sit throughout England and Wales, currently in 12 regional offices and their hearing centres.  Employment Judges will be assigned by the President to sit in a particular Region although they may be required, from time to time, to sit elsewhere according to the needs of the Tribunals

Individuals who are eligible to apply, but do not intend to do so this time, can gain experience for future selection exercises, by volunteering to take part in a mock qualifying test. These mock opportunities help the JAC to fine-tune the content of the selection process. If you are interested in taking part please email (sean.conway@jac.gsi.gov.uk) for more information. Please note that by participating you will disqualify yourself from applying for this selection exercise this time around. You will, of course, be free to apply for other positions running concurrently or afterwards. 

To the right of this page there is an application form; an information pack describing the role, the selection process and providing key dates; a full job description and terms and conditions of employment.