Legal Member of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal

  • Sector:

    Investigatory Powers Tribunal

  • Job type:

    At least 15 days a year. Initial appointments will be for 5 years.

  • Salary:

    Daily fee equivalent to that paid to a Deputy High Court Judge.

  • Contact email:


  • Published:

    210 days ago

  • Expiry date:

    19 January 2024

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal is looking for a distinguished lawyer to become a legal member of the Tribunal

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal invites applications from suitably qualified persons to become a legal member of the Tribunal. Details of the qualification requirements can be found in the information pack (see below). It is expected that the successful applicant will take up their post in the summer of 2024.

The Tribunal was established by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA). It investigates complaints about:

  • conduct by various public bodies, in relation to individuals, their property or communications
  • any alleged conduct by or on behalf of the Security Service (MI5), the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters).

The Tribunal also has jurisdiction to consider claims under the Human Rights Act 1998 against a number of public bodies, mainly the police, other law enforcement agencies and the intelligence services.

The Tribunal has a UK-wide jurisdiction. It is composed of a number of judges, drawn from the High Court and the equivalent in Scotland, and a number of legally qualified persons who also act as judges of the Tribunal. The President is Lord Justice Singh of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and the Vice-President is Lord Boyd of Duncansby, a member of the Inner House of the Court of Session.

The Tribunal is looking for a distinguished lawyer with a proven track record of expertise capable of being applied to the work of the Tribunal. The person appointed should be able to make judicial decisions on issues which can be of national importance and involve dealing with sensitive and classified material. The successful candidate will have considerable experience in the law at a senior level, be familiar with administrative law and have a sufficient knowledge and understanding of the legislative framework including RIPA, the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 and the Human Rights Act 1998. Judicial experience will be an advantage.

Members can expect at least 15 days' work annually for which they are paid a daily fee equivalent to that paid to a deputy High Court judge. Additional payments may also be made for other Tribunal related business conducted by the member. Full details are available in the information pack. Travel and subsistence costs will also be paid where applicable.

Appointments are made by HM The King under Letters Patent for a period of five years. Members are eligible for re-appointment. The Tribunal policy is that, save in exceptional circumstances, a member will only serve two 5-year terms. Members of the Tribunal are expected to step down on reaching the age of 75.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 16:00 on 19 January 2024.

How to apply

An information pack for candidates, together with details of the Disability Confident Scheme, can be viewed below. 

If you think you have the qualities required and want to apply for a post please send your completed application documents (see information pack) to recruitment@ipt-uk.com.

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