The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) now invites applications for Deputy Regional Valuer of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber, Residential Property.
Launch date: 13:00 on Tuesday 10 September 2019
Closing date: 13:00 on Tuesday 24 September 2019
Number of vacancies: 1 vacancy based in Havant, Hampshire with hearings also taking place throughout the whole Southern region
Overview of the role
The First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber, Residential Property) handles applications, appeals and references relating to disputes over property and land.
As a Deputy Regional Valuer you will chair tribunals and hold case management and primary hearings where appropriate. The types of cases dealt with include:
- dispute about private sector rents
- disputes about residential leasehold management, including 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 against Houses in Multiple Occupation
You will be required to review decisions and statements of reasons with a view to maintaining and improving quality and consistency, bearing in mind developments in statutory and case law, practice directions and guidelines established with the Chamber President.
You will report to the regional judge and assist in the leadership and management of judges and other members by, among other things, advising on the judicial resource requirements of the region; determining the number and constitution of tribunals within the relevant statutory framework; and conducting appraisals. A judicial office holder must live within reasonable travelling distance of the venues at which he or she will sit.
Terms and conditions
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Salaried part-time working
This post is open to flexible or part-time working. A minimum of 80% working pattern may be accommodated but the post holder would have to be flexible i.e. that he/she would have to be prepared to vary their work pattern to accommodate the work needed. Patterns that can be accommodated are 80%, 90% or 100%. 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(s), relevant senior judiciary and the business area at the time of offer of appointment.
If you are a successful candidate and have opted for salaried part time working you may be allowed to continue practising because the normal restriction on professional practice may be lifted for the successful part-time working candidate. Outside of the office holder’s judicial role however, any alternative employment (and any additional remuneration) will need to be approved by the Chamber President, subject to case-by-case consideration of any potential conflict. It is likely that professional practice in the same geographic region as that which the successful candidate would sit as a Judicial Office Holder is likely on the face of it to give rise to a conflict if that practice involves dealing with any of the Tribunal's jurisdictions
Niall Walsh was appointed to the role of Deputy Regional Valuer of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber, Residential Property in 2017. If candidates would like to discuss the role please contact Mr Niall Walsh, Regional Valuer, Northern region: TribunalMember.NiallWalsh@ejudiciary.net
Candidates do not need to have previous judicial experience for this post. 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 2 to the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, the qualifications for appointment are prescribed in Statutory Instrument 2008/2692.
A person is eligible for appointment if he/she is a Member or Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
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 Deputy Regional Valuer must allow for a reasonable length of service of 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.
Experience in residential property management and/or residential property valuations is desirable but not essential.
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: 13:00 on Tuesday 10 September 2019
Close for applications: 13:00 on Tuesday 24 September 2019
Independent assessments requested: 13:00 on 25 September 2019
Deadline for receipt of Independent assessments: 13:00 on 9 October 2019
Outcome of shortlisting issued: Mid October 2019
Selection day: Tuesday 5 November 2019
Outcome of selection days issued: January 2020
Read the competency framework 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 Deputy Regional Valuer of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber, Residential Property 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.
When completing your career history please provide full details of your work experience, in particular the last 5 years. You should provide full details of the role and specialisms you have developed in that period.
Candidates are required to complete a suitability statement, this is your opportunity to tell us about your experience and knowledge. When completing your suitability statement it is important that you provide examples and evidence of why you feel your skills and experience demonstrate your suitability for the post. You should link your examples to the job description giving regard to the competencies required.
Your suitability statement must not exceed 500 words.
Candidates will be shortlisted by way of paper sift, taking in to account the information contained in their career history and suitability statement.
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 shortlisted 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 26 September 2019 with a 13:00 deadline on 9 October 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 four boxes for assessor details you are required to provide details of 2 only.
You must ensure the correct details (title and email addresses) are provided. All correspondence with your independent assessors will be via email; therefore it is imperative you ensure the details are correct to avoid any delays in your assessor being contacted. Please ensure you only nominate your 2 assessors in line with the categories below:
- if you do not currently hold a judicial post, you will need to nominate 2 professional assessors, one of whom may be a judge who is able to provide an assessment of your professional role
- if you are a fee-paid judge you will need to nominate one judicial assessor and one professional assessor
- if you are a salaried judge you will need to nominate two judicial assessors
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 chambers, or equivalent.
These are from a relevant judge 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 Judge Michael Tildesley or Judge Vernon Ward as they are sitting on the selection panel, or Peter McCrea (Member of the Upper Tribunal, Lands Chamber) as he is the Statutory Consultee.
If you have any queries about who to nominate as your independent assessors please contact the JAC to discuss further.
If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to the selection day which will take place in London on Tuesday 5 November 2019. We will not be able to accommodate any selection days outside of this date.
The selection day for this exercise will comprise situational questioning and a competency based interview where the selection panel will be seeking evidence from you against the competencies and job description of the post. Further details on the selection day process will be sent with the invitation to interview.
The overall assessment by the panel is provided to the Commission when they make their selection decisions.
Information about selection day, including interviews and role plays
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 (Member of the Upper Tribunal, Lands Chamber). The information provided by the statutory consultee will be used to inform selection decisions.
Information on statutory consultation
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.
Shortlisted candidates will be sent a character consent form to complete.
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.
According to the most recent data*, 50.5% of the usual residents of the United Kingdom aged 25 to 69 are women and 10.8% identify as being from a Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority (BAME) background. As of 2019 51% of non-legal members of tribunals identify as women, and 17% of non-legal members of tribunals identify as being from a BAME background.
Guidance on the approach taken by the JAC to equal merit can found here. The JAC will consider applying an equal merit provision at the shortlisting stages of this exercise and at the final decision-making stage, for the purpose of supporting greater judicial diversity.
If the Committee has applied the equal merit provision, it may be presented with a situation whereby it is unable to choose between two or more candidates on the basis of their relevant protected characteristics. For example, 2 candidates assessed as being of equal merit may both be white men. If this situation arises, the equal merit provision cannot be used to make a selection. Therefore the Committee will invite those candidates to a second interview, to enable it to make a selection decision. The second interview would be in mid January 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.
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 January 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. Training will be provided by the Chamber at 10 Alfred Place, London. Following appointment training will also be available from the Judicial College prospectus including their leadership and management programme. Additionally, the Residential Property division of the Chamber holds regular training events which will be available as required.
If you have any questions about this role or your application, contact a member of the selection exercise team:
Selection Exercise Team: Jickson Zosi, 0203 3346139
Selection Exercise Manager: Gemma Montgomery, 07562 433 985
Senior Selection Exercise Team Manager: Richard Collumbell, 020 3334 5587