Membership

Members of the Copyright Tribunal panel, and terms of reference for appointments.

The tribunal consists of a panel of 1 chairman and 2 deputy chairmen who are appointed by the Lord Chancellor. Up to 8 ordinary lay members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The provisions covering the membership and constitution of the Tribunal are set out in Sections 145 to 148 of the 1988 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act.

Members

Current members of the panel are:

  • His Honour Judge Hacon, Chairman
  • Colleen Keck, Deputy Chairman
  • Andrew Clay, Deputy Chairman
  • Dr Lucy Connors
  • Philip Eve
  • Roger Field
  • Manny Lewis
  • Sam Madden
  • Jeffrey Manton JP

Terms and conditions of appointment for ordinary members

All appointments are made for a (renewable) period of 5 years.

Renewal

At the end of the 5-year appointment, renewal for a further period of 5 years is automatic unless a question of cause for non-renewal is raised or the member:

  • declines renewal
  • is older than the upper age limit
  • no longer satisfies the conditions or qualifications for appointment
  • has already served in the role 10 years
  • is not renewed because of one or more of the following grounds for non-renewal

Non-renewal

There are 8 grounds for non-renewal:

  • misbehaviour
  • incapacity
  • bankruptcy
  • persistent failure to comply with sitting requirements (without good reason)
  • failure to comply with training requirements
  • sustained failure to observe the standards reasonably expected from a holder of such office
  • part of a reduction in numbers because of changes in operational requirements
  • part of a structural change to enable recruitment of new part-time tribunal office-holders

Removal

There are 6 grounds for removal from appointment:

  • misbehaviour
  • incapacity
  • bankruptcy
  • persistent failure to comply with sitting requirements (without good reason)
  • failure to comply with training requirements
  • sustained failure to observe the standards reasonably expected from a holder of such office

Upper age limit

An appointment will not continue beyond the day on which a person turns 70. The Secretary of State can authorise an exception for a member to continue in office until the day they turn 75, so long as the chairman of the Copyright Tribunal agrees. If the chairman is absent because of illness or other reasonable cause then one or, if appointed, both of the deputy chairmen can authorise the exception. The upper term limit of 10 years still applies, however.

Sitting days required

Due to the nature of the workload of this tribunal, no guarantee will be given on the number of sitting days that will be offered to post-holders. However, the allocation of work is a judicial function and, subject to overriding operational requirements, all post-holders will be offered work on the same basis.

Administrative support

The Tribunal is administered by a Secretary, who is a civil servant working in the Intellectual Property Office. However, the Secretary plays no part in the decision making process and the Tribunal carries out its work and comes to its decisions completely independently of the Office or any other part of Government.

The Secretary acts as a formal channel of communication for the Tribunal and all correspondence should be addressed to the Secretary.

The Secretary
Copyright Tribunal
4 Abbey Orchard Street
London
SW1P 2HT
Tel: +44 (0) 207 034 2836
Fax: +44 (0) 207 034 2826

E-mail: copyrighttribunal@ipo.gov.uk