Tribunal Appointments Body

Under the BTAS Appointments Protocol, COIC and the President of COIC have delegated their powers to appoint and nominate Disciplinary Tribunal panel members to the Tribunals Appointments Body (“TAB”).  The TAB is currently chaired by Lady Justice Simler, a Court of Appeal judge and is required to contain at least 2 silks, 2 practising barristers (of at least 7 years standing) and 2 lay members, as well as the Chairman.

The TAB is charged, amongst other things, with appointing and maintaining a pool of:

(1) QC’s, barristers and lay persons who are eligible to sit on Disciplinary Tribunal panels.

(2) Lay members to sit on the Inns’ Conduct Committee.

(2) Clerks to Disciplinary Tribunals.

All those recommended by TAB for appointment by the President have been subject to an open competition and are selected against agreed competencies designed to identify individuals who will approach their work with integrity and objectivity and who will produce well-reasoned and fair decisions.  During the recruitment process, TAB members receive training in fair selection techniques.


Mrs Rachel Effeny



Director, Canterbury HR Ltd., Non-Legal member, Employment Tribunals; Sessional Lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; Board Member, Canterbury Choral Society.

Ms Louise Fisher



Commissioner,  UK Low Pay Commission; Non-Executive Director, CIPD Enterprises Ltd; Mentor, Solaris Black Female Executive Programme.

Mr Christopher Kennedy KC



Recorder; member, Personal Injuries Bar Association [PIBA], member, Professional Negligence Bar Association [PNBA].

Mr Nicholas Paladina



Self-employed Chartered Accountant; Mentor, Oxford Charity Mentors; Project Manager, Step Change Fund; Trustee / Treasurer, Phosporos Theatre; Fellow, ICAWE; member, RSA; member, Association of Independent Examiners [Affiliate].

Dean Riggall



Group HR Director UK – Babcock International Group PLC; member, CIPD; member, England Athletics.

Lady Justice Ingrid Simler



Marie Spenwyn

Barrister (Gray's Inn)


Marie Spenwyn LLB (Hons), LLM

Self-employed barrister; member of Criminal Bar Association.

Brie Stevens-Hoare KC

Barrister (Middle Temple)