Judge Barry Clarke became the President of Employment Tribunals in England and Wales on 11 May 2020. He is the tenth President in England and Wales since the Employment Tribunals (and their predecessors, the Industrial Tribunals) were established in the mid-1960s. He has also been a Deputy Chair of the Central Arbitration Committee since 2016 and a Recorder of the County Court since 2019. He is authorised to sit as a judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
Judge Clarke was admitted as a solicitor in 1996. He was a fee-paid Employment Judge between 2005 and 2010 and a fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration & Asylum Chamber) between 2006 and 2010.
He was a salaried Employment Judge between 2010 and 2015 and the Regional Employment Judge for Wales between 2015 and 2020. He was a Diversity and Community Relations Judge for eight years and the judicial member of the HMCTS Equalities and Inclusion Engagement Group for three years.
Prior to becoming a salaried Judge, he was a partner in a national law firm, an ACAS arbitrator and a trustee of a law centre. He is a past national chair of the Employment Lawyers’ Association.