00770 Salaried Surveyor Member of the Upper Tribunal, Lands Chamber

Number of vacancies: 1, based in London, although hearings can be arranged anywhere in England and Wales
Reference: 00770
Salary: £120,785
Expected to launch: 11 December 2012
Closing date for applications: noon on 8 January 2013

Apply for a rare opportunity to become a Salaried Surveyor Member of the Upper Tribunal Lands Chamber, with responsibilities for hearing and determining disputes, often concerning the valuation of land.

The role
The last chance to apply for this position was seven years ago. It involves hearing cases alone, unless they are particularly large or complicated. This includes reading and assimilating cases papers; holding pre-trial reviews and giving directions for the future conduct of cases; determining applications for permission to appeal on papers; holding fair and efficient oral hearings; giving fully reasoned written decisions and determining applications for costs.

Cases comprise claims for compensation for the compulsory acquisition of land or 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; and references by consent in which the Tribunal acts as an arbitrator.

Initial and ongoing training is provided. Part time working is available at a minimum of 60 per cent of the full time hours as long as there is flexibility to accommodate the work needed.

The tribunal
The Upper Tribunal Lands Chamber is the successor to the Lands Tribunal and is an independent and specialist judicial body. It consists of a president, legal and surveyor members. 
To find out more about the tribunal, visit http://www.justice.gov.uk/tribunals/lands

The person
Applicants must be a member or fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
You do not need to be legally qualified but you do need expertise in valuation practice and relevant law, including having acted as an arbitrator and/or as an expert witness.
Key terms and conditions
 The normal retirement age is 70.
 After appointment a Surveyor Member of the Upper Tribunal shall not practise as a surveyor or be indirectly concerned in any such practice.
 30 days annual holiday a year, together with public and privilege holidays.
 A Surveyor Member of the Upper Tribunal must live within a reasonable travelling distance of the venues at which he or she sits, in this case London.