Don't forget that the panel members may also make individual 'working' notes - these are destroyed after the appeal.
.... which is why the clerk's records are so important.
Iâ€™m slightly surprised in this day and age that they donâ€™t just tape all the appeals
The hearing is meant to be as informal as possible (although a degree of formality is inevitable, as those who've been through the process will testify!).
If every word were taped, it would really put the frighteners on everyone, including panel members!
The Code of Practice says:
It is important that the conduct of hearings is based on fairness and creates an informal atmosphere. Informality will be difficult to achieve if, for example, the hearing is tape-recorded and this ought to be avoided except where it may help an appellant with a disability.