Deputy Pubs Code Adjudicator

Body: Pubs Code Adjudicator
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: Birmingham
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Legal / Judicial
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The post-holder will receive a full time pay between £80,000 to £95,000 per annum.
Time Requirements: The Deputy Pubs Code Adjudicator will work on a full-time basis.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, has today (24 October 2017) appointed Fiona Dickie as Deputy Pubs Code Adjudicator (DPCA) who will support the Pubs Code Adjudicator, Paul Newby, in enforcing the Pubs Code

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Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy would like to invite applications for the position of Deputy Pubs Code Adjudicator (DPCA).

Following the enactment of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, the statutory Pubs Code came into force on 21 July 2016.

The Pubs Code governs the relationship between large pub-owning companies and their tied tenants. The Code regulates the relationship between around 11,500 tied pub tenants and the large pub-owning businesses which rent the pubs to them and sell them tied products. The Code governs their relationships with tied pubs, but not with their managed houses or free-of-tie pub tenants.

Tied tenants have the right to take disputes regarding the Code to the PCA. The Adjudicator has statutory powers to arbitrate Code disputes and award compensation if a breach is found. The Adjudicator can also investigate suspected systemic abuses of the Code and may impose sanctions on one or more pub-owning companies following an investigation.

The two key principles

  • fair and lawful dealing by pub-owning businesses in relation to their tied tenants;
  • tied pub tenants should be no worse off than if they were not subject to any tie.

The Code applies to pub-owning businesses with 500 or more tied pubs in England and Wales. There are currently six pub-owning businesses in its scope.

The role of the PCA is to enforce the Code, and the Deputy PCA will support this work.

Person Specification

The Office of the Pubs Code Adjudicator is looking for candidates with the following experience and skills:

  • Ability to consider complex issues, involving the assessment of evidence and forming a judgement;
  • Ability to resolve disputes requiring strong negotiation, mediation and arbitration skills (when required);
  • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with the pubs sector;
  • An understanding of UK law, specifically property, contract and commercial law;
  • An understanding of the pub and brewery industry, including the business models operated in the pub sector;
  • An understanding of property valuation, specifically valuation of pubs; and
  • Ability to oversee investigations, particularly in a commercial environment.

Where candidates display characteristics of equal quality, the need to ensure diversity across the Department’s public appointments will also be taken into account.

Additional Information

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is committed to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessment, openness and fairness of process and to providing equal opportunities for all.


How to Apply

To apply for this position, please provide the following:

  • Your CV.
  • A supporting statement setting out how you meet the criteria for the role.
  • Your monitoring forms which can be found in the panel pack. This can also be downloaded.

Completed applications should preferably be emailed, by 23:59 on 22nd June, to: Please ensure that you include ‘Deputy Pubs Code Adjudicator’ in the subject of your email.

If this is not possible, please post a hard copy to: Appointments Team, 7th Floor, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET.

Deputy Pubs Code Adjudicator Applicant Pack
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