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York Law School Academic appointed to two judicial appointments.

Posted on 20 January 2023

Dr Phillip Morgan, Reader in Law (Associate Professor) at the University of York, following open competition through the Judicial Appointments Commission has been appointed to two part time (known as “fee-paid”) judicial appointments.

The Lord Chancellor, The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, has appointed Phillip a fee-paid Judge of the Employment Tribunals of England and Wales, assigned to the North East Region.  In addition the Senior President of Tribunals, The Rt Hon Sir Keith Lindblom, has appointed Phillip as a fee-paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal, assigned to the Social Entitlement Chamber.  Phillip will continue his academic work as a Reader in Law at York Law School alongside these part time judicial appointments.

Phillip will be sitting in two separate jurisdictions, the Employment Tribunals, and also the Social Entitlement Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal.  The Employment Tribunals are responsible for hearing claims from people who think someone such as an employer or potential employer has treated them unlawfully.  Their jurisdiction includes claims for unfair dismissal and redundancy, claims about unpaid wages or unpaid holiday pay, claims of unlawful discrimination, and claims of detrimental treatment following protected disclosures (“whistleblowing”).  The Social Entitlement Chamber hears appeals against decisions concerning Social Security, Child Support, Criminal Injuries Compensation, and Asylum Support.

“It’s a great honour and privilege to serve in this capacity.  I’d like to thank colleagues at York Law School, particularly our Head of School, Professor TT Arvind, and our former Dean, Professor Stuart Bell for all their support during the appointments process.  As legal academics are rarely appointed to judicial roles I hope that I can be a good representative of the legal academy, and to encourage other academics to apply for judicial roles.  I'm also hoping to use the experience gained from these roles to enhance student teaching and learning opportunities.” said Phillip.