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The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) is the specialist regulator of property law services in England and Wales and requires five new members to sit on the Adjudication Panel to join a small team that makes disciplinary determinations and hears appeals against regulatory decisions taken by the CLC.

Established by the Administration of Justice Act 1985, the CLC is an Approved Regulator under the Legal Services Act 2007 and is subject to the oversight regulation of the Legal Services Board.

The CLC regulates Practices and Licensed Conveyancers and probate practitioners in the provision of reserved legal activities and other non-reserved functions (including will writing). The CLC is also a licensing authority authorised to license and regulate Alternative Business Structures.

As a result of their terms of office coming to an end shortly the CLC is seeking to appoint a Panel Chair and 4 new Panel Members for its Adjudication Panel (two Professional and two Lay). The Panel makes its determinations independent of the CLC.

About the role

Job Title: Adjudication Panel Members - Chair, Professional and Lay
Remuneration: £325 a day for panel members, £650 for Chair

The CLC is seeking to appoint a Panel Chair and 4 new Panel Members for its Adjudication Panel (two Professional and two Lay). The Panel makes its determinations independent of the CLC.

Key Information

  • The Adjudication Panel meets on an ad hoc basis dependent on demand (approximately 5 days a year), to make disciplinary determinations and hear appeals against regulatory decisions taken by the CLC
  • Except in exceptional circumstances no individual Adjudication Panel Member will be required to sit for more than two consecutive days
  • The appointment is for up to 4 years initially, renewable for one further term of up to 4 years
  • The Panel Chair is remunerated at £650 per day and Panel Members at £325 per day
  • Closing date for applications Monday 25th March 2019
  • Interviews will take place on Tuesday 5th April for Chair post and 4th, 9th and 10th for Professional & Lay Member posts.
  • Term to start May 2019 (ideally) to ensure a handover with current Panel Members
  • Typically, a one stage interview process with the CLC Appointment Panel

Overview of the responsibilities for each position

Panel Members – Professional & Lay

  • Responsible for contributing to Panel meetings and hearings
  • Ensure the CLC operates within the limits of its statutory authority
  • Work collaboratively with the Panel to determine appropriate out-comes on each matter
  • Contribute to the continual improvement of the investigating process

 Panel Chair

  • The overall role of the Panel Chair is to provide an appropriate balance between accountability to the CLC Council while maintaining the independence of the Panel’s decision making
  • Responsible for chairing disciplinary proceedings, training sessions and associated meetings
  • Facilitating the Panel through decision making process, ensuring all views are taken into consideration
  • Drafting well-reasoned decisions and determination documents
  • Work closely with the Panel to determine the appropriate outcomes on each matter before the panel
  • Providing feedback on meetings and contributing to the continual improvement of the investigating process
  • Carry out annual appraisals for Panel Members and helping to identify their individual and collective training needs
  • Reporting annually to the CLC Council

To be considered for the role of Adjudication Panel Chair you will need to fulfil the following criteria:-

  • Ideally be legally qualified in the UK – Has not been licensed by the CLC
  • Have previous experience within a judicial role and/or Chairing an Adjudication or Disciplinary Panel
  • Confident in analysing and evaluating evidence
  • Ability to draft well-reasoned decisions, determination documents and reports
  • Effective team member, able to contribute strongly and robustly to debates to reach a consensual decision
  • An understanding of the legal services sector
  • A commitment to public protection and an understanding of professional practice and regulation
  • Have availability on Friday 5th April to interview if shortlisted

 To be considered for the role of Professional Panel Member you will need to fulfil the following criteria:-

  • Legally qualified in the UK – Be a Licenced CLC conveyancer or practitioner able to demonstrate current experience of practicing as a Licensed Conveyancer
  • Confident in analysing and evaluating evidence
  • Effective team member, able to contribute strongly and robustly to debates to reach a consensual decision
  • A commitment to public protection and an understanding of professional practice and regulation
  • Professional and Lay Member interviews – 4th, 9th and 10th April

 To be considered for the role of Lay Panel Member you will need to fulfil the following criteria:-

  • Ideally to hold a professional qualification and have an understanding of standards in professions other than the legal services sector
  • Experience in a judicial role or have previous experience of Panel membership in a comparable public, private or voluntary sector organisation
  • Confident in analysing and evaluating evidence
  • Effective team member, able to contribute strongly and robustly to debates to reach a consensual decision
  • A commitment to public protection and an understanding of professional practice and regulation

The CLC are looking for a diverse range of individuals to serve as Chair, Professional and Lay Panel Members. Interested in professionals looking for a new challenge, and who are effective at listening, questioning, and decision-making. The CLC would particularly like to encourage applications from all diverse members of community and society.

Full job descriptions can be found on the CLC website. Please refer to the privacy policy on the CLC website to understand how your data will be handled in accordance with GDPR.

How to apply

To apply please send your CV to Michelle Paoloni at michellep@clc-uk.org 

Closing Date: Monday 25 March 2019
Interview Dates: 
Chair Interviews - Tuesday 5 April
Professional and Lay Member Interviews - 4,9 and 10 April

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