Launch date: 13:00 on 16 April 2019
Closing date: 13:00 on 07 May 2019
Number of vacancies: There are 2 vacancies: 1 is available immediately and 1 will become vacant in late 2020. The JAC encourages diversity and welcomes applications from groups currently under-represented in the Lands Chamber and wider judiciary.
Salary: The post is currently in salary group 6.2 £129,485. The SSRB submitted its major review of judicial pay in September 2018. The government is carefully considering how to respond.
The Lands Chamber is one of 4 chambers in the Upper Tribunal, based at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. It deals with property valuation disputes throughout England and Wales at both first instance and appellate level.
The Lands Chamber has a President, who is a High Court Judge, a full-time Deputy President and three full time salaried surveyor members. A second full-time judge is expected to take up appointment in mid-2019.
Cases vary in size and complexity. Some are heard by members or judges sitting alone, whilst others are heard by a panel comprising a judge and a member sitting together. Both contribute equally to the hearing and in the decision-making process, using their relevant knowledge and expertise to reach a fair decision.
The main jurisdictions of the Chamber comprise:
- claims for compensation for the compulsory acquisition of land
- other claims for compensation arising from carrying out or use of public works
- rating appeals from the Valuation Tribunals for England and Wales
- appeals from the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) on leasehold enfranchisement valuations and other leasehold property disputes
- references under the new Electronic Communications Code
- applications for the discharge or modification of restrictive covenants
- references by consent in which the Tribunal acts as an arbitrator
At appellate level, the chamber determines appeals from the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber and the Residential Property Tribunal for Wales. Cases include those relating to the price to be paid by residential tenants to extend leases or purchase the freehold, and disputes over residential rents, housing standards, park homes and service charges.
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Location and jurisdiction
London, Royal Courts of Justice. Hearings also take place regularly throughout England and Wales, usually in large court centres and members may be required to travel to other parts of the country to view land. Work outside of hearings may appropriately be arranged to take place at home.
Salaried part-time working
A minimum pattern of 80% may be accommodated, subject to agreement. If appointed, you would need to be flexible and prepared to vary your work pattern to accommodate the work needed.
The JAC encourages applications from anyone who may be interested in pursuing this option where a post is advertised as being open to salaried part-time working. Final working patterns will need to be discussed and agreed between the successful candidate, relevant senior judiciary and the business area at the time of offer of appointment.
Reading about candidates previously selected for this role is a useful way of finding out more about the skills needed. Read Peter McCrea's case study.
To be considered for appointment you must meet the eligibility requirements for this post. As we will not be assessing eligibility until after the shortlisting stage, it is your responsibility, and in your own interest, to ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements before submitting an application.
Members of the Upper Tribunal, who are not judges, are appointed by the Senior President of Tribunals, under paragraph 2(1) of Schedule 3 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, as amended by the Crime and Courts Act 2013, schedule 13. The qualifications for appointment are prescribed in Statutory Instrument 2008/2692.
To be eligible for appointment you must meet the following requirements:
A person is eligible for appointment if he/she is a Member or Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Additional selection criteria
Candidates should have expertise in the practice of valuation and familiarity with the relevant law in at least one of the fields of compensation, rating or leasehold enfranchisement.
Experience includes having acted as an arbitrator and / or an expert witness.
Previous judicial experience is not required for this exercise.
Reasonable length of service
There is no upper or lower age limit for candidates apart from the statutory retirement age of 70. However, the age at which someone is appointed as a Salaried Surveyor Member of the Upper Tribunal, Lands Chamber should allow for a reasonable length of service. For this position it is usually 5 years before retirement.
The JAC will decide whether a candidate will be able to provide a reasonable length of service.
Candidates who already hold judicial appointment and were first appointed before March 1995, may have a preserved retirement age of 72. This includes candidates first appointed to a judicial office listed in Schedule 7 to the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993. Such candidates should inform the JAC about their retirement age.
At the time of application, candidates must be either a:
- UK citizen
- citizen of another Commonwealth country
- citizen of the Republic of Ireland
Other European Union citizens are not eligible to apply.
You should note that the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 applies to this office. For further details please refer to the outline terms and conditions.
Open for applications: 16 April 2019 at 13:00
Close for applications: 07 May 2019 at 13:00
Independent assessments requested: 10 May 2019
Deadline for the receipt of independent assessments: 24 May 2019
Character consent forms to be returned by: 07 May 2019
Outcome of shortlisting issued: early July 2019
Interviews: 29 and 30 July 2019
Outcome of interviews issued: end of October 2019
Read the Competency Framework for the role and the job description before making your application. There are 5 competencies in total that list the behaviours of a Salaried Surveyor Member of the Upper Tribunal, Lands Chamber who is performing the role effectively.
Your online application plays an important part in the selection process. You must complete all required sections, ensuring the information you provide is clear and accurate.
The self-assessment section of the application is your opportunity to tell us about the experience and knowledge you have for the post. You must provide examples and evidence of why you feel your skills and experience are transferable to the post and why they will enable you to perform effectively in the role. You should link your examples to the competencies required for the post having regard to the job description. The self-assessment should not simply be a reiteration of your career history. You must be concise with your answers as you are limited to 250 words for each competency.
Guidance on completing the candidate self-assessment and choosing the best examples in your self-assessment
When applying, you will be required to submit contact details for your independent assessors. Please read the guidance about independent assessments before completing your application. Independent assessments will contribute to your overall assessment. They should provide evidence that you have the abilities relevant to the role as outlined in the relevant competency framework.
The JAC will seek independent assessments for all candidates on all 5 competencies. The JAC uses independent assessments as evidence of your suitability for the role. You should always nominate an assessor who can provide recent examples of your performance.
Independent assessments will be requested on 10 May 2019 and must be returned by 24 May 2019. Late independent assessments may not be considered, therefore you are advised to notify your assessors in advance that you intend to apply and inform them of the period we will be requesting the assessment.
Whilst there are 4 boxes for assessor details you are only required to provide a maximum of 2 assessors. If you provide more than 2 we will only approach the first 2 listed.
You must ensure the correct details (title and email addresses) are provided. All correspondence with your independent assessors will be by email. It is therefore imperative you ensure the details are correct to avoid any delays in your assessor being contacted. Please ensure you only nominate a maximum of 2 assessors in line with the categories below:
- if you are a fee-paid judge you will need to provide 1 judicial assessor and 1 professional assessor
- if you are a salaried judge you will need to provide 2 judicial assessors
- if you do not currently hold a judicial post, you will need to provide 2 professional assessors, 1 of whom may be a judge who is able to provide an assessment of your professional role
These are from someone who can provide evidence-based examples of your performance in your profession against the competencies for this post. One of these professional independent assessors should ideally be your line manager, head of practice, or equivalent.
These are from a relevant judge or judicial post holder who can provide evidence-based examples of your performance as a judicial office holder against the competencies for this post. These are required only if you currently hold a fee-paid or salaried judicial appointment. One of these judicial independent assessors must be your leadership judge, appraiser or equivalent.
Please do not nominate a JAC Commissioner as an independent assessor. In addition you should not nominate Peter McCrea, Salaried Surveyor Member or the Senior President of Tribunals, as independent assessors, as they are the Statutory Consultee and the Appropriate Authority respectively. You should also not nominate Mr Justice David Holgate, Lands Chamber President, Judge Martin Rodger QC, Deputy Lands Chamber President or Andy Trott, Salaried Surveyor Member.
This exercise will be shortlisted by way of a paper sift, taking into account the information contained within your application and independent assessments.
If you are not successful following shortlisting, you can request written feedback by emailing SSMUT130@judicialappointments.gov.uk. You should make this request within 6 weeks of the email informing you that you have not been successful. We will aim to respond to your request within 20 working days.
Information about sifts
As required by the Judicial Appointments Regulations 2013, the JAC is required to consult a person (other than the Appropriate Authority) who has held the office we are selecting for, or who has other relevant experience. In this exercise the JAC will consult with Peter McCrea, Salaried Surveyor Member. The information provided by the statutory consultee will be used to inform selection decisions.
Information on statutory consultation
If you are shortlisted you will be invited to a selection day which will take place in London on 29 and 30 July 2019. We will not be able to offer an alternative selection day outside this period.
The selection day will comprise situational questioning and a competency-based interview, where the selection panel will be seeking evidence from you against the competencies for the post. Situational questioning involves asking you what you would do in a specific situation, based on challenging, real-life scenarios. Further details of the situational questioning will be sent along with the selection day invitation letter.
Information about selection day, including interviews and role plays
The JAC provides reasonable adjustments to ensure that candidates with disabilities are not placed at a substantial disadvantage. We will also consider making reasonable adjustments for any candidate with short-term injury or temporary illness. Details can be found in the JAC's reasonable adjustments policy. Candidates will have the option to outline their reasonable adjustment requirements in their JAC website account.
The JAC is required to carry out character checks on all candidates whom it intends to consider for appointment. This requires your signed consent.
A signed copy of the Consent Form should be completed and returned to SSMUT130@judicialappointments.gov.uk by 07 May 2019. Typed signatures are acceptable.
You should be aware that the JAC expects all character matters to be declared. Any matter that has not been disclosed by you and is brought to the JAC’s attention through its independent checks will be treated as your non-declaration of a relevant matter. You will have no opportunity to make further representations on any declared issue once the matter is before the Selection and Character Committee.
The JAC considers that it is your responsibility to ensure that any record concerning your character is accurate. Details of the bodies with whom JAC will make independent character enquiries are set out in paragraph 11 of the Good Character Guidance and you may wish to contact your professional body to ensure all matters recorded are known to you.
On 4 August 2016 the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2016 came into effect. It allows for the full disclosure to the JAC of all spent cautions and convictions to assess good character. You must declare and disclose all past convictions and cautions, regardless of whether they are spent or unspent.
You must continue to update the character section of your JAC profile. You have a continuing responsibility to disclose any matter that may arise at any time before you are notified of the outcome of your application.
Failure to disclose any relevant matter is likely to have an adverse effect on your application.
Equal merit provision
In line with its published policy, the Commission will apply the equal merit provision to this exercise.
The relevant datasets that will be used to identify any under-representation are taken from the 2011 Census, detailed characteristics, England and Wales (ONS 2012) and the diversity statistics showing the background of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) judiciary (as of 1 April 2018), based upon primary appointment, as published on the Judiciary website.
The population of the United Kingdom (usual residents) aged 25 to 74 that are women is 50.4%, while 11.3% of the UK population identifies as being from a Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority (BAME) background. The proportion of Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) that are women is 0% and of those who declared their ethnicity 0% declared they were from a BAME background.
The Selection and Character Committee will consider which candidates to recommend to the Appropriate Authority as set out in the Judicial Appointments Regulations 2013.
In order to consider a recommendation, the Appropriate Authority may request any information that was available to the JAC in making its recommendation. You should be aware that any information you provide in your application or during the selection process could be passed onto the Appropriate Authority.
For this exercise the Appropriate Authority will be the Senior President of Tribunals who can accept or reject a recommendation or ask the Commission to reconsider. The Appropriate Authority may not select an alternative candidate.
Outcome of the exercise
The JAC will issue results by email to all those interviewed at the same time. We hope this will be by the end of October 2019.
If you are not successful following the selection day, you can request written feedback. You should make this request within 6 weeks of the email informing you that you have not been successful. We will aim to respond to your request within 20 working days.
If you are offered a post you will normally be expected to take up the post within 6 months.
If not already a judicial office holder, the successful candidate will be required to attend the Business of Judging course.
Initial training and mentoring will be provided by the Chamber and will be tailored to the needs of the successful candidate.
Following appointment training will also be available from the Judicial College prospectus.
Attendance at relevant external professional conferences is encouraged.
Additionally, the Lands Chamber holds regular training events which will be available as required.
If you have questions about this role or your application, contact the selection exercise team: SSMUT130@judicialappointments.gov.uk
Ian Robertson, Exercise Lead: Ian.firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 3334 6918
Meena Islam, Selection Exercise Team Manager: Meena.Islam@judicialappointments.gov.uk, 07562433989
Rachel Billingham, Senior Selection Exercise Manager: Rachel.Billingham1@judicialappointments.gov.uk, 07787 413589