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President of the First-tier Tribunal, Tax Chamber

Closing date:  9 March, 2017 - 13:00

Salary:  £144,172

Location:  UK wide

About the role

The Tax Chamber is UK-wide and responsible for handling appeals against most decisions made by HMRC relating to:

  • income tax
  • PAYE tax
  • corporation tax
  • capital gains tax
  • National Insurance contributions
  • statutory sick pay
  • statutory maternity pay
  • inheritance tax
  • VAT
  • excise duty
  • customs duty

It also handles some appeals relating to goods seized by HMRC and Border Force and against some decisions made by the National Crime Agency.

The salary is £144,172 per year.

Subject to the agreement of the Senior President of Tribunals and HMCTS, the Chamber President can base themselves at any HMCTS administrative or hearing venue. However, they will be expected to travel to London and to meetings and hearings at other HMCTS sites as required, and there may be occasional overnight stays.

This post is open for job share provided the recommended candidates make up one full-time equivalent.

Who can apply?

This exercise is open to:

  • solicitors and barrister in England and Wales with at least 7 years’ post qualification experience
  • advocates and solicitors in Scotland of at least 7 years’ standing
  • solicitors and barristers in Northern Ireland of at least 7 years’ standing
  • those whose experience in law is deemed, by the Senior President of Tribunals, to make them as suitable for appointment as those who meet the above criteria

The Lord Chancellor also expects candidates to have previous experience as a salaried judicial office holder, or as a fee-paid judge having completed 30 sitting days at the point of application. Only in exceptional cases and where a candidate 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 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 on merit.

Preparing your application

Throughout the selection process, candidates will be assessed against a competency framework specifically tailored to the role of President of the First-tier Tribunal, Tax Chamber. The competencies are aligned to the Judicial Skills and Abilities framework used by Judicial Office and Judicial College, and lists the ways in which a person demonstrates the required skills and abilities when working effectively in post.

As part of your application you will be required to provide, in no more than 250 words per competency, specific examples that demonstrate how your experiences make you suitable for the role. Further information about completing your self-assessment is available on the JAC website.

You can also create an online account before you apply. The JAC's online application system requires all candidates to create an account before applying for judicial office. Your account will include your personal, character and diversity profiles. This information is stored on the system so, if you apply for another position in the future, you only need to update your details making the application process quicker and easier.