The JAC now invites applications for Fee-paid Professional Members of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) Residential Property
Launch date: 13:00 on 10 July 2019
Closing date: 13:00 on 24 July 2019
Number of vacancies: 11
Fee: 319.46 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:
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Terms and conditions
Information about the role
Location and jurisdiction
- London (7 positions)
- South East (2 positions)
- Birmingham (1 position)
- East Midlands (1 position)
Travel may be required across the whole region that you are assigned to.
In your application you will be asked to rank, in order of preference, the location(s) you want to be deployed to. The JAC will only consider you for selection for the locations you have expressed an interest in.
You must meet the eligibility requirements for this post which are detailed below. It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements before submitting an application. Eligibility will be assessed prior to selection days.
Members of the First Tier Tribunal, who are not judges, are appointed by the Senior President of Tribunals (SPT) under paragraph 2(2) 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 2 to the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, the qualifications for appointment are prescribed in Statutory Instrument 2008/2692. This requires that, in order to be considered for appointment, candidates for these posts must have substantial experience in relation to:
- housing or housing conditions and/or
- in matters relating to landlord and tenant relationships.
To demonstrate substantial professional experience, candidates are expected to have knowledge of at least some of the areas of the Residential Property division of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber as part of their professional practice, which would usually be for a period of 4 or more years.
The jurisdictions include:
- disputes about residential leasehold management, including the pay-ability of service charges
- 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
- appeals against financial penalties imposed for housing offences or in respect of prohibited payments.
Additional selection criteria
To apply, candidates must be a member of one of the following associations:
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
- Royal Institute of British Architects
- Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
- Chartered Association of Building Engineers
- Chartered Institute of Building
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 to this post should allow for a reasonable length of service. For this position it is usually 4 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.
Crown servants do not normally receive additional remuneration for observations, training, First-tier Tribunal sittings or any other fee-paid judicial office held concurrently. However, if you can demonstrate that any such sittings are undertaken during a period of unpaid leave or on non-sitting days from your crown servant post, then fees may be payable.
Existing members of the First-tier Tribunal
If you are already a member of the First-tier Tribunal, assigned to one or more Chamber(s), it is not necessary for you to apply in this JAC competition solely to seek further or alternative assignments. This JAC competition is for those seeking an appointment, which you already hold.
The SPT’s Assignment Policy enables cross-assignment outside a JAC recruitment campaign. All assignments are subject to business needs. Candidates appointed to the First-tier Tribunal may be assigned to any First-tier Chamber throughout the course of their First-tier Tribunal appointment. Any existing fee-paid member wishing to be assigned is advised to speak to their Chamber President.
Open for applications: 13:00 on 10 July 2019.
Close for applications: 13:00 on 24 July 2019
Qualifying test instructions issued via email (if applicable): by 2 August 2019
Online qualifying test (if applicable): 8 August 2019
Eligibility checks conducted: September 2019
Outcome of shortlisting: by 4 October 2019
Independent assessments requested: 4 October, returned by 18 October 2019
Selection days: 4 November to 11 November 2019
Outcome of selection process: mid-February 2020
There are 5 competencies in total that list the behaviours expected of a Fee-paid Professional Member who is performing the role effectively. You should read the competency framework and the job description for the role before making your application.
In your application, you are required to complete an eligibility statement to demonstrate, in no more than 250 words, how you satisfy the statutory requirements for this post. Please refer to the additional information to demonstrate how you have the substantial professional experience required for this role.
The number of applications we receive will determine the means by which shortlisting decisions are taken. If the number of applications far exceeds the number of vacancies, an online qualifying test will be used to determine which candidates are invited to a selection day. This will take place between 7am and 9pm on 8 August 2019. If fewer applications are received and an online qualifying test is not deemed necessary, shortlisting will be against the eligibility criterion only, taking account of the information provided in your eligibility statement.
All applicants will receive an email advising whether the Qualifying Test will be taking place, by Friday 2 August 2019. If you have not received this email by close of play on 2 August 2019 please contact the JAC at FPPM136@judicialappointments.gov.uk.
The qualifying test will consist of multiple choice Situational Judgement questions and will be no more than 60 minutes.
If you are unable to sit the test on the date specified above due to exceptional circumstances, please email FPPM136@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.
Information about qualifying tests
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 competency framework.
In your application you must provide details of 2 assessors who know you and your work well. One of your assessors should ideally be from your current employment.
Nominating your independent assessors
Whether you hold judicial office or not will determine the category of assessors you must nominate:
- if you are a salaried judicial office holder, you will need to provide details of 2 judicial assessors, ideally, one of these should be from your leadership judge.
- if you are a fee-paid judicial office holder, you will need to provide details of 1 judicial assessor and 1 professional assessor
- if you do not currently hold a judicial office, you will need to provide details of 2 professional assessors
A professional assessor can be:
- a line manager if you are from a non-legal background; if there is no line manager, then a former colleague or client
- a client, magistrate or local authority official, if you are a sole practitioner
- a judge who is able to provide an assessment of your professional role
If you are a judicial office holder, a judicial assessor may be:
- the senior judge of the tribunal, court, or circuit where you sit most often or your appraising judge
You must ensure that details (name, title and email address) are correct for both your assessors. Correspondence with your assessors will be by email.
It is advisable to contact your assessors in advance of your application. If you have any queries about who to nominate as an assessor, contact the JAC.
You are asked not to nominate an assessor who you know is applying for this exercise.
Do not nominate:
- a JAC Commissioner
- Senior President of the Tribunals
- Siobhan McGrath President of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber
- Mary Hardman Deputy Regional Valuer
- Vernon Ward Deputy Regional Valuer
If shortlisted you will be invited to a selection day which will take place in London between 4 and 11 November 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. 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.
The selection panel will seek evidence from you against the competencies for this post.
The overall assessment by the panel will be provided to the JAC’s Selection and Character Committee who makes the selection decision for this role.
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 it intends to consider for appointment. This requires your signed consent.
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 17 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 tribunals (as of 1 April 2018), based upon primary appointment, as published on the Judiciary website.
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, 46% of First Tier Tribunal judges identify as women, and 11% of First Tier Tribunal judges identify as being from a BAME background.
If the JAC has applied the equal merit provision, it may be presented with a situation whereby it is unable to choose between 2 or more candidates on the basis of their relevant protected characteristics. For example, 2 candidates assessed as being of equal merit may both have the same characteristics. If this situation arises, the equal merit provision cannot be used to make a selection. Therefore, the JAC will invite those candidates to attend a second interview, to enable it to make a selection decision. The second interviews, if required, will provisionally be held week commencing 16 December 2019.
The Selection and Character Committee will consider which candidates to recommend to the Appropriate Authority as set out in the Judicial Appointments Regulations 2013. For this exercise the Appropriate Authority is the SPT.
In order to consider a recommendation, the SPT 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 SPT.
The SPT can accept or reject a recommendation or ask the Commission to reconsider. The SPT cannot select an alternative candidate.
Outcome of the exercise
The JAC will issue results by email at the same time to all those interviewed. We hope this will be by mid-February 2020.
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 a qualifying test is included, you will be provided with your overall score in the test, shown as an overall percentage. The JAC will publish a full feedback report on candidate performance on the JAC website. If a qualifying test is not deemed necessary, the JAC is unable to provide you with individual feedback.
After selection day results have been issued, unsuccessful candidates identified as on the borderline of not being recommended for appointment will be offered individual feedback on request. Candidates that fall outside of this will be notified of the outcome of selection days and will be encouraged to refer to the post selection day generic feedback report. This will be published on the JAC website after selection days.
Candidates identified as borderline should make a request within 20 working days of the date of their outcome letter.
Candidates will be required to attend a two-day jurisdiction induction 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, please contact a member of the selection exercise team:
Phone: Jonathan Smith - 0203 334 8752