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Fee-Paid Drainage Member of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber, Agricultural Land and Drainage

Closing date:  21 April, 2016 - 13:00


The JAC has been asked to recommend four candidates for appointment as Fee-paid Drainage Members of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) Agricultural Land and Drainage.

The tribunal has an England wide jurisdiction. The successful candidates will be appointed nationally and assigned to a region; two in the north and two in the south. There may also be a need to travel to other regions on occasion as and when required. Drainage Members receive £143 a day for work undertaken for the tribunal.

The matters handled by the Property Chamber that relate to agricultural land and drainage include disputes between agricultural tenants and landlords in relation to certain farming tenancies, and applications in respect of certain drainage disputes between neighbours. 

Drainage Members sit on Tribunals as part of a panel hearing applications made to the Tribunal for Orders under section 28 or 30 of the Land Drainage Act 1991. Drainage Members provide specialist assistance to other non-technical members of the tribunal at hearings, and take an active part in deliberations and decision-making, helping to ensure that the final decision of the tribunal is fair and based on the relevant facts.

Drainage Members may also be required to attend site visits with other members of the tribunal to see matters ‘on the ground’ which are, or may be, relevant to the issues which the tribunal has to decide, and to undertake some necessary preparatory work prior to hearings, identifying and assimilate relevant facts and expert evidence.

It is expected that applicants will be able to demonstrate knowledge or have experience of the management of land drainage, pumped drainage and dyke systems; soil and water engineering; and soil types and land drainage requirements for farming systems and any other land in the area to which they are applying.

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