It is intended that the Adjudicator Training day that is taking place in March 2024 will be repeated in the Autumn of 2024, most probably at the weekend.
Dates, details of speakers and timings will be announced in due course.
INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS ABOUT THE TECBAR ADJUDICATION PANEL
TECBAR Adjudication panel
TECBAR has a panel of accredited Adjudicators. This is publicly available at https://tecbar.org/adr/adjudication/. Membership of the panel is subject to review by and approval of the TECBAR Committee.
Panel membership criteria are periodically reconsidered, and notice will be given of any intended changes effective from no earlier than the second half of 2025. In the meantime the Committee wants to encourage and facilitate panel membership for all members.
From January 2024 there will be two routes to inclusion on the panel:
- Existing panel members may stay on the panel provided they carry out appropriate CPD.
- New applicants may apply to join the panel, subject to completion of appropriate training to act as Adjudicator.
As above, TECBAR will be providing training in 2024 as one means by which members may satisfy the CPD requirement and/or apply for inclusion on the panel. All TECBAR members are welcome to attend, irrespective of current or planned panel membership.
Existing Panel Members
Existing panel members may stay on the panel, but will be subject to a requirement that they plan, carry out and record appropriate CPD which is relevant to acting as Adjudicator. It is expected that most practising Adjudicators or those wishing to practise as Adjudicator will already be on the Established Practitioner Programme and will already be including such CPD in their annual plans. Those who are not on the EPP should adopt the EPP for this purpose.
The BSB Guidance states:
“CPD is work undertaken over and above your normal commitments as a barrister. CPD is undertaken with a view to developing your skills, knowledge and professional standards in areas relevant to your present or proposed area of practice. This is in order to keep yourself up to date and maintain the highest standards of professional practice.”
TECBAR does not prescribe the CPD which must be carried out by panel members, but panel members’ CPD should be reviewed and planned, recorded and reflected upon on an individual basis as set out in the existing BSB Guidance and in the same manner as other CPD.
Panel members may in future be required to make an annual declaration and/or to demonstrate compliance if requested.
Attendance at either of this year’s TECBAR’s Adjudicator Training in 2024 will be considered to satisfy the relevant CPD requirement and is encouraged.
TECBAR members may apply for membership of the panel, subject to satisfactory completion of the TECBAR Adjudicator Training (or an equivalent from another provider) and the TECBAR Dispute Resolution Appointments Application Form.
Thereafter they should comply with the CPD requirement applicable to Existing Panel Members.