The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) now invites applications for Fee-paid Valuer Chairmen and Fee-paid Valuer Members of the First-tier Tribunal Property Chamber (Residential Property).
Launch date: 13:00 on 5 June 2019
Closing date: 13:00 on 19 June 2019
Number of vacancies: 28 vacancies: 11 Chairs and 17 Members
Number of applications: 31
Number of selections: 16
Locations: Southern, London, Midlands, Eastern and Northern Regions. Travel may be required across the whole region that you are assigned to.
- North East
- North West
- Southport, Fylde, Preston and all Lancashire
- Newcastle and the North East
- Hull and the Ridings
- Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester
Fee Valuer Chair: £501.52 a day (£519.70 in London)
Fee Valuer Member: £313.20 a day
You should first consider whether you are ready to apply for this role, and so may wish to look at the information provided here: Am I ready? non-legal roles.
The First-tier Tribunal Property Chamber handles applications, appeals and references relating to disputes over property and land, these opportunities are to sit in the Residential division. The types of cases dealt with include:
- disputes about private sector rents
- disputes about residential leasehold management, including the pay-ability of service charges
- valuation for enfranchisement and lease extension
- disputes about the right to buy where a property is considered to be particularly suitable for the elderly
- disputes about park homes
- appeals against local authority notices about the condition of a property and appeals about houses in multiple occupation
Some of the main activities as a Valuer Member include:
- considering evidence, oral, in writing and from inspection, so as, together with other members of the tribunal, to reach a decision by applying the law relevant to the issue(s) under consideration
- fulfilling initial and continuing training requirements. Attending training days and meetings as and when required, and keeping up to date with current procedures and practices
Some of the additional activity as a Chair includes:
- chairing tribunals (and holding case management and preliminary hearings where appropriate)
- managing the hearing and ensuring there is a structured discussion of the issues, and the giving of directions where appropriate
- writing up the reasons for the decision
There is no guarantee of a minimum number of days you will be offered for sitting as a member on a tribunal, although we expect that Members and Chairs would sit between 10-30 times in a calendar year.
Terms and Conditions - Chairman
Terms and Conditions - Member
Chairman Job Description
Member Job Description
Location and jurisdiction
The JAC has been asked to recommend 11 candidates for the post of Chair, and 17 candidates for the post of Member. Candidates can apply for one or both roles; however, candidates will only be appointed to one post. If you are successful in your application for the Chairman post you may also be required to sit as a Member.
You will be asked to indicate which locations, if you are successful, you would prefer to be deployed to. Advice on selecting locations and jurisdictions.
Reading about candidates previously selected for this role is a useful way of finding out more about the skills needed. Read Ian Holdsworth's and Sarah Hopkins's case studies.
Chairmen and Members of the First Tier Tribunal, who are not judges, are appointed by the Senior President of Tribunals under paragraph 2(1) of Schedule 2 to the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, as amended by paragraph 42(2) of Schedule 13 to the Crime and Courts Act 2013.
Under paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 1 to the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, the qualifications for appointment are prescribed in Statutory Instrument 2008/2692 as amended 2013/1185.
A person is eligible for appointment if he or she is a Member or Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Candidates are expected to have knowledge, including reasonable experience in the practice of, valuation in the jurisdictions of the First-tier Tribunal Property Chamber (Residential Property).
Experience of some court/tribunal or similar work, such as sitting as a tribunal member, arbitrator, magistrate, as an expert witness or in some other capacity, would be desirable
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 Fee-paid Valuer Chairman and Fee-paid Valuer Member of the First-tier Tribunal Property Chamber (Residential Property) should allow for a reasonable length of service. For this position it is usually four 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: 5 June 2019 at 13:00
Close for applications: 19 June 2019 at 13:00
Qualifying test joining instructions issued by email: by 27 June 2019
Online qualifying test: 4 July 2019
Outcome of online qualifying test issued: mid July 2019
Eligibility checks being conducted: mid June 2019
Request for independent assessments: By 2 August 2019
Deadline for the receipt of independent assessments: 19 August 2019
Formal selection day invitation issued: Early August 2019
Selection days: 16 to 27 September 2019
Character checks being conducted: September and October
Outcome of selection process expected by: mid December 2019
Please read the competency framework for the role and the job description before making your application. There are 5 competencies for a Valuer Member and a Valuer Chairman that list the behaviours of a Member and Chair of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) Residential Property who is performing the role effectively.
If a significant number of applications are received, an online qualifying test will be used to shortlist candidates. This will take place on 4 July 2019 between 07:00 to 21:00.
All applicants will receive an email advising whether the qualifying test will be taking place, with joining instructions if appropriate, by 27 June 2019. If you have not received this email by noon on 28 June 2019 please contact the JAC immediately.
The qualifying test will consist of multiple choice Situational Judgement questions and will take 45 minutes.
If you are unable to sit the tests on the dates specified above due to exceptional circumstances or because it is a religious holiday, please email 132FPValuersFtTProperty@judicialappointments.gov.uk and we will arrange for you to take the test on a later date (which will fall no more than a week after the original date).
All candidates should make the necessary arrangements to sit the test in a suitable and quiet environment ensuring consistent and reliable access to a stable internet connection.
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.
When asked to provide details of your independent assessors you will see 4 boxes for the assessor details. However, you must give details of 2 assessors only. If you provide more than two we will only approach the first 2 listed.
Independent assessments should provide evidence that you have the competencies relevant to the role. Both of your assessors must, therefore, have sound and comprehensive knowledge of your work and one of your assessors should, ideally, be from your current employment. Depending on whether you already hold judicial office or not will determine the category or categories of assessors you must nominate as follows:
If you are a salaried judicial office holder, you will need to provide details of 2 judicial assessors. You should also discuss your application with your Leadership Judge.
If you are a fee-paid judicial office holder, you will need to provide details of one judicial assessor and one professional assessor.
If you do not currently hold a judicial office, you will need to provide details of two professional assessors.
A professional assessor could be:
- a senior partner or head of chambers if you are a solicitor, barrister, attorney or Fellow of CILEx
- a client, magistrate or local authority official if you are a sole practitioner
- a line manager if you are from a non-legal background; if there is no line manager, then a former colleague or client
- a judge who is able to provide an assessment of your professional role
If you are a judicial office holder, a judicial assessor could be:
- the senior judge of the tribunal, court, jurisdiction or circuit where you sit most often or your appraising judge
- the Lord Justice Clerk
You must ensure all of the details (name, title and email address) are correct for both of your assessors. All correspondence with your assessors will be by email; it is important that the information you provide is correct to avoid any delay in the JAC being able to contact your nominated assessors.
Do nominate a JAC Commissioner.
If you have any queries about who to nominate as your independent assessors please contact the JAC.
If shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection day which will take place in London or Manchester. Please indicate your preference in the application form. Although we cannot guarantee it, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
If you are applying for the Chair and Member and are shortlisted for both posts, you will only need to take part in one selection day.
The selection day for this exercise will comprise situational questioning and a panel interview.
Further details will be sent with the invitation to attend, although the interview will consist of the panel seeking evidence from you against the competencies for the post(s) you applied for.
Information about selection day, including interviews
The JAC provides reasonable adjustments to ensure candidates with a disability are not placed at a disadvantage. We will also consider making reasonable adjustments for those candidates with a short-term injury or temporary illness. You may request a reasonable adjustment in your application.
Information on the reasonable adjustments policy
The JAC is required to carry out character checks on all candidates whom it intends to consider for appointment. This requires your signed consent.
You will be able to provide your consent in the application form and you should ensure that all the relevant sections are completed in full.
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.
According to the most recent census data, 50.4% of the usual residents of the United Kingdom aged 25 to 74 are women and 11.3% identify as being from a Black, Asian or ethnic minority (BAME) background. As of 2018, 50% of non-legal members identify as women, and 17% of non-legal members identify as being 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 mid December 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.
All Fee-paid Chairmen and Fee-paid Valuers will be required to attend a two-day mandatory jurisdiction induction training, expected to be held in May 2020.
All new Valuer Chairmen will be required to attend a 2-day, residential Judicial College Faculty Induction seminar within 12 months of starting to sit.
Following appointment training will also be available from the Judicial College prospectus including leadership and management training.
Additionally, the Residential Property division of the Chamber holds regular training events which will be available as required.
If you have any questions regarding this role or your application, contact the JAC at 132FPValuersFtTProperty@judicialappointments.gov.uk or:
Tom Wolfe 020 3334 4628
Suzanne Aylward 020 3334 6417