Following the resignation of the Chamber President, the Senior President of Tribunals has appointed Mr Justice Charles to serve as President of the First-tier Tribunal (War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Chamber). Mr Justice Charles will continue also to preside over the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber).
Following an Expression of Interest exercise, the Senior President has also appointed Regional Employment Judge Fiona Monk as the Senior Resident Judge in the First-tier Tribunal (War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Chamber). Judge Monk will provide the day-to-day judicial leadership and management for the Chamber, under the overall charge of Mr Justice Charles.
Both appointments will take effect from Monday 5 September, and are intended to be temporary. The Senior President anticipates that Mr Justice Charles and Judge Monk will serve in these interim capacities for up to two years, whilst longer-term arrangements are settled.
Notes to editors:
- Chamber President, Alison McKenna, resigned from office with effect from 5 September.
- The Honourable Mr Justice Charles, aged 68, was called to the Bar (L) in 1971. He was appointed as a High Court Judge of the Family Division on 12 January 1998. He was appointed President of the Administrative Appeals Chamber of the Upper Tribunal on 4 April 2012. On 13 January 2014, Mr Justice Charles transferred from the Family Division to the Queen’s Bench Division and he was appointed Vice-President of the Court of Protection.
- Regional Employment Judge Fiona Monk, aged 52, was admitted as a Solicitor in 1988. She was appointed as a fee-paid Chairman of the Employment Tribunals on 30 August 2000, was appointed as an Employment Judge on 1 October 2007 and was then appointed as a Regional Employment Judge on 1 July 2011.