00803-Specialist Circuit Judge (Chancery)

Number of vacancies: One

Location: South East Circuit – Central London Civil Justice Centre.
Salary: £139, 933
Closing date: noon on 2 May 2013

The JAC has been asked to recommend one candidate for immediate appointment to a Specialist Circuit Judge vacancy on the South East Circuit – Central London Civil Justice Centre. There may be a need to sit in other court centres across London.

The Lord Chancellor expects applicants to have completed at least two years or 30 sitting days as a fee paid judicial office holder.

The Role

The Specialist Circuit Judge will have some administrative responsibility including the supervision of those responsible for listing and associated matters to secure the efficient disposal of business. They will also be expected to hear particularly demanding cases.

Key responsibilities include the development of the business of the Courts to ensure they meet the needs of the business community and to establish and maintain good relations with practitioners using the Court. This may involve attending and participating in lectures, seminars and meeting of the local Chancery Court Users Committees.


The JAC welcomes applications from solicitors and barristers with at least seven years post qualification experience (PQE). We also welcome applications from Recorders or those who have held a full-time judicial appointment for at least three years in one of the offices listed in Part 1A of Schedule 2 of the Courts Act 1971.

Candidates are expected to have appropriate knowledge of chancery law and its underlying principles or the ability to acquire this knowledge, where necessary.

The Lord Chancellor also expects candidates to have sufficient directly relevant previous judicial experience.

Reference process

Applicants for this selection exercise should be aware that the JAC will not write directly to referees seeking their comments. Applicants should approach their referees during the application period and direct them to the selection exercise page on the JAC website where the referee assessment form is available to download. Referees should submit their completed assessment forms directly to the JAC by noon on 15 May 2013.

Full details, including the eligibility criteria, are on our website. You can read about how to prepare an application and a case study of Specialist Circuit Judge (Chancery). The information pack and application form are also available to download from the website.