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Personal development , | Recorded webinar

Solicitor Judges – Career Pathways and Practical Advice

1.5 hoursFoundation

This on-demand webinar and Q&A provides practical advice from sitting fee-paid and salaried solicitor judges about approaching the judicial appointment process, demonstrating your competencies and the working lives of solicitor judges

The session was delivered on Wednesday 20 July 2022.

Who this is for

City Lawyers, Solicitors.

Required prior knowledge

Solicitors are advised to review the following resources ahead of the webinar:

For information about the judicial application process and selection tools please visit the JAC webpage and specifically:

For additional resources and information about the support from The Law Society to solicitor judges please visit our judicial careers and Solicitor Judges Division webpages.

Learning outcomes

SRA competence: D1  +1 more for SRA competence: D1, D2

Throughout this 90-minute webinar, you will:

  • gain insight about why become a judge, including what solicitors bring to the bench.
  • obtain knowledge about the judicial selection process, the required competencies for judicial roles, required preparations, and practical advice.
  • hear from four solicitor judges in various judicial roles who would like to assist aspiring solicitor judges.
  • have the opportunity to raise questions during the session, or email them in advance to: solicitorjudges@lawsociety.org.uk
What this will cover

Topics covered:

  • Required preparation ahead of applying for a judicial role
  • Common mistakes and how to avoid them
  • Different paths into the judiciary
  • How to demonstrate your skills and competencies in line with the JAC requirements;
  • Transferable skills
  • Practical advice
How you will learn

Practical insights and advice will be shared along with signposting information to additional resources.

Our speakers

Our speakers are all solicitor judges, sitting in a variety of judicial roles, and having practiced in different areas:

  • Tribunal Judge Thaira Bibi – Salaried Judge of the First-tier Tribunal
  • District Tribunal Judge Ita FarrellyActing Principal Judge Criminal. Injuries Compensation Tribunal; Social Security & Child Support Tribunal; Special Educational Needs Tribunal.
  • Deputy High Court Judge Margaret Obi – DHCJ (Queen’s Bench Division); independent legal adviser; member of the Law Society’s Women Lawyers Division.
  • Recorder Ayesha Siddiqi – Fee-paid tribunal judge (Mental Health Tribunal) and a recorder in the Family Court.