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Judges sought for tax tribunals

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The president of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber), Mr Justice Warren, and the president of the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber), Judge Colin Bishopp, have jointly announced that due to retirements from the tax judiciary and an increasing workload, a number of vacancies have arisen for judges of the First-tier Tribunal and deputy judges of the Upper Tribunal.

While the number of vacancies available has not yet been determined, the vacancies so far confirmed are for fee-paid judges, with most of the posts expected to be based in London. Fee-paid judges should expect to dedicate approximately 30 days a year to tribunal business, although there is no guarantee of a minimum number of sitting days.

The precise selection criteria have not yet been determined, but are expected to be announced in early May, with the work of both the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal being suitable for those with significant tax experience, accustomed to dealing with complex tax issues in the field of direct tax or indirect tax, or both.

There will also be a presentation, to enable prospective candidates to talk to existing judges and obtain a better understanding of the work of tax tribunal judges, which will take place at the Law Society’s Hall, 117 Chancery Lane, London WC1 on 28 May 2014, 6.30-8.30pm. 

Enquiries can be directed to Judge Roger Berner.