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Salaried Principal Judge, First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber), Land Registration

Closing date:  24 October, 2019 - 13:00

Salary:  £140,289 Salary Group 6.1

Location:  London

The JAC has been asked to identity 1 candidate to recommend for the post of Salaried Principal Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, (Property Chamber) Land Registration. This exercise is expected to launch at 13:00 on 10 October 2019.

The successful candidate will be located at 10 Alfred Place, London WC1E 7LR, but there will be some travel across England and Wales required.

The Chamber

The Property Chamber is concerned with almost two hundred separate jurisdictions dealing with property rights and landlord and tenant relationships. Most of the work of the Land Registration Division is referred to it by the Land Registry.

Land Registration cases are heard by specialist judges sitting alone. Site inspections are undertaken in most of the division’s cases. Cases can be both factually and legally complex, taking an average of two days to be heard.

The role

The Principal Judge will report to the Chamber President and will be responsible for:

  • providing effective judicial leadership in the division and working with the Chamber President to provide strategic focus and to ensure very high standards of adjudication
  • sitting as a judge of the First-tier Tribunal and in particular sitting on cases of complexity and for the purpose of resolving issues of principal and practice
  • playing a part in the judicial leadership of the Chamber which includes: membership of the Chamber’s Jurisdictional Board; chairing at least one of its sub-committees, and attending other meetings as required. On occasion the Principal Judge may be asked to deputise for the Chamber President
  • advising judicial colleagues in relation to more problematic cases; seeking to ensure uniformity of judicial practice; and providing assistance of a more pastoral nature as and when required
  • liaising on a day to day basis with the President of the Chamber and working with the Chamber President on Chamber-wide initiatives and developments
  • liaising with the principal stakeholders including the Land Registry, by engaging in regular meetings and ensuring the smooth running of the jurisdiction
  • managing judicial resources, and ensuring that the work of the Division is disposed of efficiently and effectively
  • maintaining effective relationships with the Operations Manager, the Delivery Managers and the administrative support team to oversee and develop Tribunal procedures to enhance the effective dispatch of business and to ensure that the budget allocation is properly and efficiently utilised
  • dealing with complaints in accordance with the Judicial Conduct (Tribunals) Rules 2014
  • liaising with the appellate tribunal and the courts
  • organising and developing training programmes within the jurisdiction
  • continuing to develop performance appraisal, mentoring and mediation and judicial work shadowing and marshalling
  • supporting the Chamber President to oversee and implement tribunal reform

Who can apply

You are eligible to apply if:

a) you are a solicitor, barrister or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives with at least 5 years post qualification legal experience

b) you are an advocate or solicitor in Scotland of at least 5 years standing

c) you are a barrister or solicitor in Northern Ireland of at least 5 years standing

d) 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 at (a) to (c)

Additional selection criteria

Candidates must have a high level of expertise in the field of land registration law and practice.

Candidates are also expected to have previous judicial experience, sitting as a judge in a salaried or fee-paid capacity or a similar role such as the chair of an equivalent body for which a legal qualification is required.

The length of judicial experience required is a minimum of 30 completed sitting days since appointment, not including training or sick days.

Only in exceptional cases and if the candidate in question has demonstrated the necessary skills in some other significant way should an exception be made.

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

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.

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