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Administrative and public law , Careers | LIVE webinar

Practical Advice for Aspiring Solicitor Judges

1.5 hoursFoundation

The webinar will run on 23 June 2021 between 17:00-18:30, providing 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.

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