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Judge Susan Walker to be appointed as President of the Employment Tribunal (Scotland)


May 27, 2022

Following intimation of the upcoming retirement of Judge Shona Simon, President of the Employment Tribunals (Scotland), a recruitment exercise was conducted to select a successor. Judge Susan Walker, current Vice President of the Employment Tribunal (Scotland) was recommended to the Lord President by the panel and will be appointed to the role of President of Employment Tribunals (Scotland) with effect from 16 July 2022.


Judge Walker qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and was appointed as an associate with W&J Burness WS in 1990. Following a career break, she worked as an academic at Heriot-Watt University, specialising in employment law and discrimination.

She was appointed as a fee-paid Employment Judge in 2005, a salaried Employment Judge in 2008 and has been Vice-President of Employment Tribunals (Scotland) since 2010. In that role, she has had responsibility for the day-to-day management of employment tribunals across Scotland and has been particularly involved in the extensive introduction of video hearings during the pandemic.

Judge Walker is also a trained judge mediator and the training lead for the jurisdiction. She also sits on the Tribunals’ Training Committee of the Judicial College and is a tutor on various cross-jurisdictional courses run by the Judicial College for newly appointed and experienced judges. She is a member of the Diversity Taskforce that has been set up by the Senior President of Tribunals.