00740: President of the Competition Appeal Tribunal

This selection exercise has been delayed until at least week commencing 18 March while the final details are agreed. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Reference: 00740
Salary: £172,753
Number of vacancies: one vacancy arising in November 2013, London
Expected to launch: March 2013
Closing date for applications: noon on 11 April 2013

The role
The post requires considerable leadership skills to deal with the demands of managing and deciding complex cases, often involving novel points of law and procedure, within tight timescales. The cases are frequently of considerable financial and sectoral significance, and require judicial expertise of a high order. The President is also expected to represent the Tribunal in its ongoing relationship with other bodies both in the UK and overseas, including its sponsoring Department. 

The President will hear the most difficult and urgent cases coming before the Tribunal and will oversee the efficient dispatch of business, including allocating other cases and leading on the wide range of general policy and administrative matters involved in the running of the Tribunal.  The President has a statutory responsibility to ensure a suitable training programme for Chairmen and Members is in place. The successful candidate must therefore be able to work as part of a team with other senior judges, members and staff within the Tribunal.

Advanced knowledge of litigation practice and procedure is required, as is the ability to read and analyse extensive, highly technical material and rapidly get to grips with the issues; actively manage cases; and make immediate oral rulings as well as draft detailed written judgments. 
Of equal importance is the ability to control hearings involving a significant number of parties, often with leading specialist advocates, while remaining impartial and showing sensitivity when dealing with people.

The Tribunal
The United Kingdom Competition Appeal Tribunal ('CAT') is a specialist judicial body with cross-disciplinary expertise in law, economics, business and accountancy, whose function is to hear and decide cases involving competition or economic regulatory issues. It hears appeals against certain decisions of the UK competition and other regulatory authorities, made under the Competition Act 1998, the Enterprise Act 2002 and the Communications Act 2003.

The Tribunal has two panels of members, both of which are led by the President: the panel of Chairmen who are legally qualified and include the Judges of the Chancery Division of the High Court; and the panel of Ordinary Members who have expertise in economics, business, accountancy, regulatory matters, law and public affairs.
When allocating a particular case, the President will constitute an individual tribunal chaired by the President or a Chairman and in most cases two Ordinary Members.

The Tribunal has a UK-wide jurisdiction, based in London, but it may (and does) sit anywhere in the UK if the need arises. It is funded by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
To find out more visit the Tribunal website     

The person
Under statute, the post is open to solicitors and barristers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and advocates or solicitors in Scotland with seven years post qualification experience (PQE), who appear to the Lord Chancellor to have appropriate experience and knowledge of competition law and practice. Such experience would include having dealt with major competition and related cases and having a deep understanding of and familiarity with the legal and economic issues which arise in these cases.

You should be aware that the Lord Chancellor also expects candidates for salaried posts will have sufficient directly relevant previous judicial experience. For this post the meaning of "directly relevant experience" is sitting as a judge in a higher court, or equivalent from Northern Ireland or Scotland, Upper Tribunal, Crown or County Court, with substantial experience of trying complex and demanding cases. Only in exceptional cases, where a candidate of outstanding ability has clearly demonstrated the requisite skills in some other significant way, may an exception be made.

Key terms and conditions:
 The appointment is normally subject to an upper age limit of 70 years with an expected reasonable length of service of at least three years.

Please be aware that the scheduled advertisement date for this selection exercise is provisional and subject to change. Please check back regularly to see if the selection exercise remains in the programme or if the launch date or number of vacancies has changed.

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