Civil Procedural Rules CommitteeAnnounced
|Body:||The Civil Procedure Rule Committee|
|Appointing Department:||Ministry of Justice|
|Sector:||Judicial, Prison & Policing|
|Location:||Royal Court of Justice|
|Skills required:||Legal / Judicial|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Time Requirements:||Nine days a year|
An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.
John McQuater is appointed to the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) from 5 April 2019 to 4 April 2022.
John McQuater is a solicitor and a partner at Atherton Godfrey LLP, Doncaster, where he is the Head of Litigation. He is a solicitor advocate, with rights of audience in the higher courts for all civil proceedings. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, with accredited status as a Senior Fellow.
He is also a member of the Forum of Complex Injury Solicitors, the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association, the Law Management Section of the Law Society, the South Yorkshire Medico-Legal Society and the Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates.
He is the author of ‘Model Letters for Personal Injury Lawyers’ and the ‘APIL Guide to Personal Injury Claims Procedure’. He is also a contributor to the APIL Guide to Clinical Negligence, the APIL Personal Injury Law, Practice and Precedents and the 5th Edition of Medical Negligence by Michael Jones.
He is the Deputy Case Digest Editor, and on the editorial board, of the Journal of Personal Injury Law. He is a past president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, the Doncaster and District Law Society and the Yorkshire Union of Law Societies.
John McQuater has not declared any political activity. The appointment is subject to security clearance.
Appointments to the Civil Procedure Rule Committee are made by the Secretary of State for Justice and are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. This appointment has been made in line with the Governance Code on Public Appointments.
Closed for Applications
04/01/2019 at 12:00
Final Interview Date
04/04/2019 at 12:00
Amrita Dhaliwal Added 05/12/2018
Head of Civil Procedure and Enforcement Policy, MoJ • Departmental Official
Brett Dixon Added 05/12/2018
Member of Civil PRC • Departmental Official
Nicholas Griffin Added 05/12/2018
Judicial Appointments Commission’s panel of independent members. • Independent Member
Alasdair Wallace, Added 05/12/2018
Legal Directorate (Civil and Family Law) • Departmental Official
Candidates will be expected to demonstrate the following:
· Must have knowledge of and experience in the lay advice sector or consumer affairs
· Interest in the broad field of law concerning civil courts and rule making process
· Commitment to reflecting the needs of end users in that process
· Evidence of committee working and relevant inter-personal skills
· Ability to deal confidently with legal specialists – judiciary and lawyers
· A commitment to valuing diversity
The Civil Procedure Rule Committee was set up under the Civil Procedure Act 1997 to make rules of court for the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal, the High Court and the County Court. The Civil Procedure Rules set out the practice and procedure to be followed.
The committee consists of the following members:
The Head of Civil Justice – The Master of the Rolls
The Deputy Head of Civil Justice
Two or three judges of the Senior Courts
One Circuit Judge
One Master of the Senior Courts
One or two District Judges
Two members with experience of the consumer and lay advice sector
Day-to-day management of the committee’s agenda, and the programme of work, which springs from it, is undertaken by the committee secretariat, in close consultation with the chair of the committee. The secretariat is part of a team of policy officials at the Ministry of Justice tasked with managing the committee’s work.
Members of the Civil Justice Committee:
· Engage fully in collective consideration of the issues, taking account of the full range of relevant factors, including any guidance issued by the Ministry of Justice or by the Lord Chancellor.
· Ensure that its responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act (including prompt responses to public requests for information) are discharged; agree an Annual Report; and, where practicable and appropriate, hold at least one meeting a year in public.
· Respond appropriately to complaints, if necessary with reference to the Ministry of Justice.
· Ensure that the Committee does not exceed its powers or functions.
- You cannot be involved in any work or activity which might call that into question;
- Candidates may not be appointable if you have been convicted of a criminal offence;
- You should not have had a bankruptcy order made against you, had your estate sequestrated or have made composition or arrangements with, or granted a trust deed for, your creditors;
- There must be no employment restrictions, or time limit on your permitted stay in the UK. You should normally have been resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years prior to your application.
The Committee is now particularly seeking candidates with experience of working in the lay advice sector or consumer affairs.
Candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:
- Must have knowledge of and experience in the lay advice sector or consumer affairs
- Interest in the broad field of law concerning civil courts and rule making process
- Commitment to reflecting the needs of end users in that process
- Evidence of committee working and relevant inter-personal skills
- Ability to deal confidently with legal specialists – judiciary and lawyers
- A commitment to valuing diversity
Members of the Committee have collective responsibility for the operation of this body. They must:
- Engage fully in collective consideration of the issues, taking account of the full range of relevant factors, including any guidance issued by the Ministry of Justice or by the Lord Chancellor.
- Ensure that its responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act (including prompt responses to public requests for information) are discharged; agree an Annual Report; and, where practicable and appropriate, hold at least one meeting a year in public.
- Respond appropriately to complaints, if necessary with reference to the Ministry of Justice.
- Ensure that the Committee does not exceed its powers or functions. From time to time issues of a confidential nature may arise during Committee work. The duty of confidentiality obliges members to respect the confidentiality of such work. Confidential information that members obtain during the course of membership of the Committee must not be used for the benefit of own or others use.
- Individual Committee members can be removed from office by the Lord Chancellor if they fail to perform the duties required of them in line with the standards expected in public office.
- Communications between the Committee and the Lord Chancellor will generally be through the Chair. Nevertheless, any Committee member has the right of access to Ministers on any matter which he or she believes raises important issues relating to his or her duties as a Committee member. In such cases the agreement of the rest of the Committee should normally be sought.
How to Apply
To make an application, please send:
- A CV (maximum two sides of A4) detailing your qualifications, employment history and any appointments or offices you hold. Please also provide your preferred contact number and email address.
- A supporting statement (maximum two sides of A4) providing evidence against the role criteria and your suitability for the post. Please consider the role and criteria carefully in preparing your statements. Information from Advisory Assessment Panels indicates that applications which offer specific and tailored examples against the criteria, making clear the candidate’s role in achieving an outcome are often the strongest. Structuring the statement around the criteria using relevant headings also aids clarity.
Please also complete and return the following supporting documents:
- potential conflicts of interest: It will be important that a member’s other commitments do not cast any doubt on their ability to act independently and impartially in discharging the role. You should declare any actual or potential conflict of interest. The Advisory Assessment Panel may wish to explore these further with you if you are shortlisted for interview. Conflicts might arise from a variety of sources such as financial interests or share ownership, membership of, or association with, particular bodies or the activities of relatives or partners. If you need further advice, please contact Frank Munro at PublicAppointmentsTeam@justice.gsi.gov.uk. If you have any interests that might be relevant to the work of Civil Procedure Rule Committee, and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your supporting documents.
- Given the nature of public appointments, it is important that those appointed as members of public bodies maintain the confidence of Parliament and the public. If there are any issues in your personal or professional history that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment, or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the Assessment Panel and provide details of the issue/s in your supporting letter. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media. The Advisory Assessment Panel may explore any issues with you before they make a recommendation on the appointment. Failure to disclose such information could result in an appointment either not being made or being terminated.
- Conflicts might arise from a variety of sources such as financial interests or share ownership, membership of, or association with, particular bodies or the activities of relatives or partners. If you need further advice, please contact PublicAppointmentsTeam@justice.gov.uk
- note of public appointments – please list any appointments currently held;
- referee details – please give names/contact details of two referees (who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview);
- the political activity declaration form – in line with the Governance Code on Public Appointments, details of any declared activity will be made public if you are appointed; and
- the equal opportunities monitoring form – information is requested for monitoring purposes only and plays no part in the selection process. It will be kept confidentially and will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel.
Please send your CV, supporting statement and supporting documents to: PublicAppointmentsTeam@justice.gsi.gov.uk. We will acknowledge receipt.
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