00795: Deputy Chamber President, Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)

This is a new position in the Lands Chamber. Exceptionally, the Lord Chancellor has waived his expectation for candidates to have previous judicial experience although this is a full time salaried role.

Number of vacancies: One (Full-time)
Salary: £128,296
Location: London, Bedford Square
Closing date for applications: noon 26 February 2013

The role
The Deputy Chamber President will support the Chamber President in fulfilling a number of responsibilities for the Chamber and together they will constitute its senior judicial team.

The responsibilities include giving practice and procedure directions, career development of judges and members, maintaining and building high standards of case management and decision making, and ensuring the Chamber is run efficiently and effectively.

High Court and circuit judges are assigned to sit in the Chamber. In addition there are Surveyor Members, experienced in the valuation of land, all of whom have full-time salaried positions. Cases are allocated to members by the President according to their content. For the most part, members sit individually, but major cases are often heard by two members.

The jurisdiction covers England and Wales. The Chamber is based in London and most cases are heard there. Judges and members also travel to other parts of the country as necessary to hear cases and view land that is subject to proceedings. Decisions are given in writing, and a significant amount of the judges and members' time is spent reading experts' reports before a hearing and writing the decision afterwards.

The Tribunal
The Lands Chamber exercises jurisdictions principally in matters of land valuation that were formerly exercised by the Lands Tribunal. These include:

 claims for compensation for the compulsory acquisition of land;
 other claims for compensation arising from carrying out or use of public works;
 applications for the discharge or modification of restrictive covenants;
 rating appeals from valuation tribunals;
 appeals from leasehold valuation tribunals on enfranchisement valuations;
 references by consent in which the Tribunal acts as an arbitrator.

Cases vary in size and complexity. Some are dealt with under an informal procedure, but in most cases a standard court procedure is followed. The amounts in dispute are often very substantial and the cases may involve complex issues of technical and valuation evidence and law.

The person
You are eligible to apply if:
 You are a solicitor or barrister in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, advocate or solicitor in Scotland, with seven years post qualification experience (PQE), or a person who in the Lord Chancellor's opinion has gained experience in law which makes them as suitable for appointment as if they satisfied these criteria;
 or a judge of the Upper Tribunal appointed under paragraph 1(1) of Schedule 3 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007; or a transferred-in judge; or a judge of the Upper Tribunal by virtue of section 5(1)(d) (legally qualified member of Asylum and Immigration Tribunal); 5(1)(e) (Social Security Commissioner for Northern Ireland); 5(1)(g) (certain judges of courts in the UK); or 5(1)(h) (deputy judge of the Upper Tribunal).

Key terms and conditions

 The appointment is normally subject to an upper age limit of 70 years with an expected reasonable length of service of at least five years.
 A Deputy Chamber President shall not practise as a barrister or solicitor or be indirectly concerned in any such practice. The Lord Chancellor also regards a judicial office as a lifetime appointment. Any offer of appointment is therefore made on the understanding that appointees will not return to practice.
 The annual holiday entitlement is 30 days a year, together with public and privilege holidays
 A Deputy Chamber President must live within reasonable travelling distance of the main venue at which he or she will work.

Individuals who are eligible to apply, but do not intend to do so this time, can gain experience for future selection exercises, by volunteering to take part in a mock presentation. This mock opportunity helps the JAC to fine-tune the content of the selection process. If you are interested in taking part please email jagdish.gandam@jac.gsi.gov.uk for more information. Please note that by participating you will disqualify yourself from applying for this selection exercise this time around. You will, of course, be free to apply for other positions running concurrently or afterwards.

You will find to the right of this page a job description, application form and an information pack, describing the selection process, with dates of the shortlisting and selection days, and advice on how to prepare your application. The terms and conditions of employment will be available by 8 February 2013.