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Regional Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber, Residential Property

Closing date:  14 June, 2018 - 13:00

Salary:  £108,171

Location:  Eastern Region - Cambridge


The JAC has been asked to identify one candidates to recommend as a Regional Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber, Residential Property. At the same time, we will also be launching a selection exercise to identify one candidate to recommend as a Deputy Regional Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber, Residential Property. Both posts are in pay group 7.

This selection exercise is expected to launch at 13:00 on 31 May.

Who can apply

You are eligible to apply for this post if:

  • you are a solicitor, barrister or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives with at least 5 years post qualification legal experience
  • you are an advocate or solicitor in Scotland of at least 5 years standing
  • you are a barrister or solicitor in Northern Ireland of at least 5 years standing
  • in the opinion of the Senior President of Tribunals, you have gained experience in law which makes you as suitable for appointment as if you satisfy any of the conditions above

Additional selection criteria may apply.

The Commission encourages diversity and welcomes applications from groups currently under represented in the judiciary. The principles of fair and open competition will apply and recommendation for appointment will be made solely on merit.

About the Tribunal

The Property Chamber was established on 1 July 2013 and deals with a broad range of landlord and tenant and housing cases. The Chamber has three divisions, Residential Property, Land Registry and Agricultural Land & Drainage. 

Residential Property has the highest caseload of the three divisions, dealing with about 10,000 cases a year. Disputes handled by the chamber include:

  • the determination of ‘fair’ or ‘market’ rents
  • leasehold management disputes, including service charges
  • leasehold enfranchisement claims
  • appeals against local authority notices about the condition of a property
  • appeals relating to the licensing of houses in multiple occupation
  • appeals against the imposition of financial penalties for housing offences
  • applications for rent repayment orders
  • disputes relating to park homes
  • disputes about the right to buy where a property is considered to be particularly suitable for the elderly

The tribunal has five regional areas in England: Greater London, Southern, Eastern, Northern and Midlands. Each region is headed by a Regional Judge supported by a Deputy Regional Judge. 

The Regional Judge leads the judges and members in the region and ensures cases are decided justly and fairly making the most efficient use of resources.

The Regional Judge is expected to sit regularly within the jurisdiction and throughout the region, often dealing with cases that are particularly complex or have wider significance.

Cases are usually heard by a panel of two: either a legally qualified member or a valuer-chair along with a valuer member, professional member or lay member. In certain circumstances a third specialist member will sit on the panel and on other occasions a judge or valuer-chair will sit alone depending on the nature of the case.

Preparing your application

Throughout the selection process, candidates will be assessed against a competency framework specifically tailored to the role of a Regional Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber. The competencies are aligned to the Judicial Skills and Abilities framework used by the judiciary and Judicial College, and lists the ways in which a person demonstrates the required skills and abilities when working effectively in post.

As part of your application you will be required to provide, in no more than 250 words per competency, specific examples that demonstrate how your experiences make you suitable for the role. Further information on completing the self-assessment and choosing the best examples is available on the JAC website. You are advised to start preparing your examples in advance, putting aside sufficient time to develop relevant examples that demonstrate your suitability for the post.

You can also create an online account before you apply. The JAC's online application system requires all candidates to create an account before applying for judicial office. Your account will include your personal, character and diversity profiles. This information is stored on the system so, if you apply for another position in the future, you only need to update your details making the application process quicker and easier.

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