If you’re a RICS Member or Fellow, there’s a great opportunity to become a judge. The Upper Tribunal Lands Chamber is seeking 2 RICS Members or Fellows to sit as Surveyor Members.
The Lands Chamber hears property valuation disputes of varying sizes and complexity. As a surveyor member you will use your knowledge and expertise in surveying to help the Tribunal reach a fair decision.
Some cases are heard by members or judges sitting alone, others are heard by a panel where a judge and a surveyor member sit together, both contributing to the hearing and the decision-making. The role is part of a small team based at the Royal Courts of Justice in London with travel throughout England and Wales.
Peter McCrea FRICS is currently a surveyor member in the Lands Chamber.
“The role is rather unusual, we are full-time salaried judicial office holders without any formal qualification in law, but we’re crucial to the Lands Chamber’s functioning as an expert Tribunal.
“The Lands Chamber deals with property disputes at both first instance and appellate level. I often hear cases alone, especially when the issue between the parties is purely one of valuation. When the law is also in dispute, I sit with a judge, as an equal partner on the tribunal, not as a technical assistant or assessor to the ‘proper’ judge. We both decide the case, and we both write the decision.”
This is rare opportunity to use your valuation expertise and your knowledge of the law in either compensation, rating or leasehold enfranchisement. You don’t need any previous judicial experience to apply. The 2 surveyor member roles are available as full-time or part-time (at 80%).
“The surveyor member brings special expertise in the assessment of valuation evidence and an understanding of the property market," continues Peter. "We have stood in the witness box ourselves in former careers, and bring our experience in practice to bear when assessing the reliability and credibility of expert witnesses.
“I have found the role fascinating, challenging and rewarding in equal measure.”
Applications open on 16 April. Candidates will have 3 weeks to complete an online application with a self-assessment against 5 competencies.
Find out more about the role and how to apply