The Prime Minister’s Office have announced that Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of The Rt. Hon. Sir Keith John Lindblom as the Senior President of Tribunals from 19 September 2020. This appointment will follow the retirement of Sir Ernest Ryder.
The Senior President of Tribunals is the independent head of the unified tribunals system and the Employment Tribunals (both England and Wales and Scotland) and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. The Senior President provides leadership for all those within the First-tier and Upper Tribunals, and the Employment and Employment Appeal Tribunals; including all the presidents and their tribunal judges and members.
The Rt. Hon. Sir Keith John Lindblom was called to the Bar in 1980 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1996, a recorder in 2001 and a deputy High Court judge in 2009. He was appointed as a judge of the High Court in 2010. In January 2013 he was appointed President of the Upper Tribunal Lands Chamber, in April 2014 he was appointed as lead judge of the Planning Court. In November 2015 he was appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal, where he is the Supervising Lord Justice for Planning. He was appointed as Vice-Senior President of Tribunals on 23 March 2018.