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Fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal

Salary:  £491.69 a day (£509.87 with London Weighting)

Location:  Across England, Scotland and Wales


An exercise is expected to launch in January to identify candidates to recommend for the post of Fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal.

This is an excellent opportunity for solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives with 250 vacancies across England, Scotland and Wales.

Who can apply

Applications are invited from:

  • solicitors, barristers and Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives with at least 5 years post qualification legal experience
  • advocates and solicitors in Scotland of at least 5 years standing
  • barristers and solicitors in Northern Ireland of at least 5 years standing
  • those who have gained experience in law which, in the opinion of the Senior President of Tribunals, makes them as suitable for appointment as if they satisfy one of the conditions at (a) to (c)

The JAC 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 First-tier Tribunal


The Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 created a new two-tier tribunal system: a First-tier Tribunal and an Upper Tribunal. The new structure brought together individual tribunals that had similar interests or operating practices into Chambers.

The seven First-tier Tribunal Chambers are:

  • General Regulatory
  • Health, Education and Social Care
  • Immigration and Asylum
  • Property
  • Social Entitlement
  • Tax
  • War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation

Each Chamber is headed by a Chamber President; overall responsibility for the tribunal system and judiciary rests with the Senior President of Tribunals.

View the tribunal structure and find out more about the jurisdictions within each Chamber.

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