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Administrative and public law , Careers | Recorded webinar

Practical Advice for Aspiring Solicitor Judges

1.5 hoursFoundation

This on-demand webinar provides practical advice from sitting solicitor judges about approaching the judicial appointment process, demonstrating your competencies and required preparation ahead of applying for a judicial role. The session was originally run on 23 June 2021.

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 deputy district judge/recorder and why become a salaried judge (full time), 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 three solicitor judges in various judicial roles who are familiar with the appointments process and 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
How you will learn

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

Webinar content followed by Q&A:

  • 17:00 – 17:45 Session
  • 17:45 – 18:20 Q&A
  • 18:20 – 18:30 signposting information and close

Our speakers

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

  • HHJ Lynn Roberts – Senior Circuit Judge, Designated Family Judge at the Central London Family Court
  • Judge Alexandra Marks – a Deputy High Court Judge, Recorder and First Tier Tribunal Judge; previously served as Judicial Appointments Commissioner (2012-2018)
  • Julian Hussell – solicitor, managing director of Cameron Jones Hussell and Howe, deputy district judge