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Vacancy: Pubs Code Adjudicator


The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 requires the Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to appoint a Pubs Code Adjudicator (PCA) (external link, opens in a new tab).

The Adjudicator’s primary role is to govern the relationship between pub-owning businesses and their tied tenants, and to enforce the Pubs Code.

BEIS is looking for people from legal, regulatory or investigative backgrounds who have conducted investigations, mediations and/or arbitrations and provided guidance within a legal framework. They particularly welcome applications from diverse candidates who meet the selection criteria.

Essential skills

The PCA needs to be able to demonstrate the following skills and qualities:

  • The ability to act independently and to be, and be seen to be, impartial
  • Experience of considering complex legal issues, involving the assessment of evidence and application of the law to forming a judgment
  • A track record of resolving disputes requiring strong negotiation, mediation and arbitration skills
  • Excellent communication skills to ensure effective stakeholder engagement across the pubs sector and with government, Parliament and the media
  • Leadership to take a leading role in promoting within the sector the principles underpinning the Pubs Code
  • Leadership and management of diverse teams, including providing effective oversight of budgets and resources

Desirable experience and knowledge

The PCA would ideally also be able to offer the following:

  • UK law, specifically property, contract and commercial law and relevant laws applying to the pubs sector
  • The pub and brewery industry, including the business models operated in the pub sector
  • Property valuation, specifically valuation of pubs and assessment of rent.
  • Experience of regulatory interventions, including the conducting of independently led investigations in a commercial environment

How to apply

The closing date for applications is 11pm 29 September 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

Though the role is based in Birmingham, interviews will take place in BEIS offices in London. Information on the timetable for this campaign, selection process, requisite security clearance, and the Interview Panel can be found on the HM Government Public Appointments webpage for this vacancy (external link, opens in a new tab).

If you have any queries regarding the application process, contact the BEIS campaign manager, Harry Vizor. at

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