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Chairperson of the Agricultural Land Tribunal for Wales

Closing date:  16 November, 2017 - 13:00


Fersiwn Cymraeg

Number of vacancies: 1

Fee: £381 per day

Location: Wales

The JAC has been asked to identify a successor to James Buxton, the outgoing Chairman of the Agricultural Land Tribunal for Wales.

The Agricultural Land Tribunal plays an important role in determining disputes and other issues between agricultural landlords and tenants arising from tenancy agreements and disputes relating to the drainage of agricultural land.

Although the tribunal is funded by the Welsh Government, the tribunal, its members and decisions are independent of central and local government.

Who can apply

This exercise is open to solicitors and barristers in England and Wales with at least 5 years post qualification legal experience. Candidates should also be able to offer a reasonable length of service, usually of at least four years, before the statutory retirement age of 70.

The Role

The chairperson is the judicial lead of the tribunal, responsible for its members and decisions. In addition to the chairperson there are currently 24 members; a deputy chairperson who is also legally qualified and 23 lay members selected for their expertise and knowledge of farming, drainage and/or landowner matters.

Tribunal hearings are managed by the chairperson or deputy chairperson who will write decisions, advise of adjournments and set directions where necessary. They must ensure the correct legal process is followed and that the law is correctly applied in light of the evidence given. Each panel will also comprise two lay members.  

Tribunal hearings will usually be held in public and take place near to the land in question. The parties to a case are entitled to give evidence and call witnesses.

Disputes dealt with by the tribunal include:

Land drainage

  • Restoration or improvement of ditches

Tenancy agreements

  • Notice to quit a holding
  • Succession on death
  • Succession on retirement

Agricultural applications

  • Bad husbandry
  • Burning of heather or grass
  • Fixed equipment
  • Long-term improvement/s
  • Market garden