Legal assessors and legally qualified chairs

Most hearings have a legally qualified chair, but in some cases there’s a legal assessor instead. They are barristers or solicitors that advise on questions of law about evidence or procedure. 

Legally qualified chairs

The legally qualified chair and other members make decisions together as a tribunal. The legally qualified chair provides the tribunal with legal advice as necessary.

Legal assessors

The legal assessor gives advice to the tribunal. This includes when it is deliberating in private. They take no part in the decision-making process.