Deputy Pubs Code adjudicator appointed

26/10/2017 - 07:00
The UK Government has announced Fiona Dickie as the new deputy Pubs Code adjudicator.

Dickie, who became a qualified barrister in 1993, will assist current Pubs Code adjudicator, Paul Newby, in enforcing the code.

The Pubs Code was brought in last year as a means of helping protect tenants from companies of 500 pubs or more.

On introducing the code, the Government said it would give an estimated 12,000 tenants new ways to safeguard operations and ensure “fair and lawful dealing” between pubcos and their tenants.

Dickie said: “I am very proud to be appointed as deputy Pubs Code adjudicator.

“I look forward to using my legal background to offer a just and proportionate resolution to disputes, and to ensuring compliance with the Code to support a fair, thriving pubs industry and the local communities they serve. I encourage all interested parties to work with the Pubs Code adjudicator.”

Dickie has been a vice president of the valuation tribunal for England since July 2009 and was appointed Judge of First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in 2013

”I am delighted to welcome Fiona Dickie to the team," said Newby. "Her 12 years’ judicial experience, including in complex and high-value cases, will be the perfect foundation to her role as deputy Pubs Code adjudicator.

“I look forward to working with her to improve conditions for tied tenants up and down the country."

According to government statistics, since its formation in May 2016, the Statutory Pubs Code has accepted 156 cases for arbitration and made 48 arbitration awards.

This week, a study from hospitality sector chartered surveyors, Fleurets, found the code had received mixed reviews among tenants.

Fleurets said: “One aspect that has come out of 12 months dealing with the Pubs Code is the wide spread concerns over its drafting and the complicated framework that it has put in place.

“Given the disjointed nature of the code, this has meant that tenants have had to employ external parties including accountants, lawyers and surveyors, which have driven up costs.”

Dickie will take up her role on 1 November 2017, working four days per week. She will be based in Birmingham.

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