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Salaried Surveyor Member of the Upper Tribunal, Lands Chamber

Closing date:  7 May, 2019 - 13:00

Salary:  £129,485

Location:  Royal Courts of Justice, London


A rare opportunity has arisen for Members and Fellows of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to apply for a full-time salaried judicial post in the Upper Tribunal, Lands Chamber. There are 2 vacancies: one is available immediately and one will become vacant in late 2020. This exercise is expected to launch in April.

Candidates should have expertise in the practice of valuation and familiarity with the relevant law in at least one of the fields of compensation, rating or leasehold enfranchisement.  

Previous judicial or tribunal experience is not a requirement.

Candidates should also be able to offer a reasonable length of service, usually of 5 years, before the statutory retirement age of 70.

Salaried part-time work is available at a minimum of 80%, so long as the post holder is prepared to vary their work pattern to accommodate the work of the tribunal.

About the tribunal

The Lands Chamber is one of 4 chambers in the Upper Tribunal, a superior court of record based at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. It deals with property valuation disputes throughout England and Wales at both first instance and appellate level.

The Lands Chamber has a President, who is a High Court Judge, a full-time Deputy President and 3 full time salaried surveyor members. A second full-time judge is expected to take up appointment in mid-2019.

Cases vary in size and complexity. Some are heard by members or judges sitting alone, whilst others are heard by a panel comprising a judge and a member sitting together. Both contribute equally to the hearing and in the decision-making process, using their relevant knowledge and expertise to reach a fair decision.

The main jurisdictions of the Chamber comprise:

  • claims for compensation for the compulsory acquisition of land
  • other claims for compensation arising from carrying out or use of public works
  • rating appeals from the Valuation Tribunals for England and Wales
  • appeals from the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) on leasehold enfranchisement valuations and other leasehold property disputes
  • references under the new Electronic Communications Code
  • applications for the discharge or modification of restrictive covenants
  • references by consent in which the Tribunal acts as an arbitrator

Although the tribunal is based at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, hearings regularly take place throughout England and Wales.

The forthcoming exercise is to fill both vacancies; candidates are expected to be informed of the outcome in October 2019.

Information about the recruitment process - including competency frameworks, how to apply and what to consider when completing a self-assessment - is available on the JAC website.

Check this webpage regularly for updates and sign up for alerts to receive email notifications concerning the progress of this exercise.