Appointment of the Deputy Vice-President of the Unified Tribunals


The Senior President of Tribunals, Sir Ernest Ryder, is delighted to announce the appointment of His Honour Judge Phillip Sycamore as the Deputy Vice-President of the Unified Tribunals.

Judge Sycamore is the longest serving Chamber President in Unified Tribunals, having been appointed to lead the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal in July 2008. For much of that time, he has also acted as the Senior Tribunals Liaison Judge. In that capacity, he has represented the Senior President and the wider tribunals judiciary on a number of fronts, including engagement with the courts leadership judiciary and across the Reform Programme (where he chairs the Tribunals Judicial Engagement Group, and sits on the various strategic Boards).

Appointment as Deputy Vice-President formalises Judge Sycamore’s role as the senior first-instance President, and complements the role of the newly appointed Vice-President, Lord Justice Lindblom as the Senior President’s deputy.

Notes to the Editor:

  1. His Honour Judge Phillip Sycamore was appointed as President of the First-tier Tribunal, Health, Education & Social Care Chamber in July 2008.  Admitted as a solicitor in 1974, he was President of the Law Society of England & Wales from 1997 to 1998.  He was appointed as a Recorder in 1999 and in 2001 he was appointed as a Circuit Judge becoming Liaison Judge for the Mental Health Review Tribunal in 2002.  He is authorised to sit as a Judge of the High Court in the Administrative Court and the Queen’s Bench Division.  He is a Judge of the Upper Tribunal and a Senior Judicial Appointments Commissioner. Judge Sycamore is the Judge in Residence at the University of Lancaster and is the Honorary Recorder of Lancaster.
  2. The unified tribunals system has jurisdiction across the United Kingdom, and is established under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007. There are approximately five and a half thousand Judicial Office Holders (both judges and specialist/professional members) sitting in the First-tier Tribunal, the Employment Tribunals, the Upper Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. The Senior President of Tribunals presides over the unified tribunals, supported by fourteen jurisdictional Presidents in each of the respective first-instance and appellate Chambers and Tribunals. The Senior President’s leadership responsibilities extend to welfare, guidance and training; to appointments, deployment/assignment and allocation; to conduct and discipline; and to managing relations with the UK and devolved Governments and Legislatures in respect of matters relating to the administration of justice or otherwise of relevance to the tribunals judiciary. The Senior President is also a principal under the HMCTS framework partnership, together with the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice (E&W), sitting on the HMCTS Board as a judicial director, and so has responsibilities for the leadership of the tribunals administration. In carrying out his functions, the Senior President is required to have regard to system accessibility; to procedural fairness, swiftness and efficiency; to ensuring appropriate jurisdictional subject-matter expertise across the Chamber and Tribunals; and to promoting innovation in methods of dispute resolution.

The appointment of Sir Keith Lindblom as Vice-President of the Unified Tribunals was announced on 27 March 2018:

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