If you’re a RICS Member or Fellow, there are some great opportunities to become a part time judge. The First-tier Tribunal, Residential Property Tribunal is seeking 28 RICS Members or Fellows to sit as fee-paid Valuer Chairmen and fee-paid Valuer Members.
The Tribunal handles applications and appeals about disputes over property and land such as private sector rents and residential leasehold management. The Valuer Members and Chairmen sit in the residential division of the Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal.
As a Valuer Member you will use your knowledge and experience in valuation to help the Tribunal reach a fair decision. As a Chairman you will also manage the hearing, any preliminaries and write up the reasons for the decision. Candidates applying for the Chairman role may have experience of a tribunal or work such as arbitrator, magistrate or expert witness.
Ian Holdsworth is a Valuer Chairman in the Residential Property Tribunal and a Chartered Surveyor in the East Midlands. Ian is a Registered RICS Valuer, Expert Witness and a RICS approved mediator:
“As the Chairman you bring together the professional skills and knowledge of the tribunal. You have a professional input and equally important is your role in the coordination and weighing of other opinions and ideas.
“The role has assisted my understanding of the court and tribunal process which has been particularly useful in my Expert Witness role.”
There 17 Valuer Members vacancies and 11 fee-paid Valuer Chairmen vacancies across England. Candidates are expected to have knowledge and reasonable experience in the practice of valuation in the jurisdictions of the Residential Property division of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). Valuer Members and Chairmen sit for between 10 and 30 days a year, depending on location.
Sarah Hopkins is a Valuer Member in the Residential Property Tribunal in the Midlands and Northern region and a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years’ experience:
“The Property Chamber offers a wide range of cases in the residential property specialism, many of which you do not experience in the day-to-day working of a property professional.
“The Valuer Member role is very fulfilling. I enjoy using my knowledge and experience to determine the outcome of a dispute. Working with the public has made me more empathetic and improved my listening skills.”
Applications open on 5 June. The online application is quick and simple, candidates have 2 weeks to submit their personal information and career history.
Find out more about the roles and apply.