Jan 132021
 
Judicial Appointments Commission – Fee-paid Valuer Chairs and Fee-paid Valuer Members

Fee-paid Valuer Chairs and Fee-paid Valuer Members - Judicial Appointments Commission

Number of vacancies: 25
Location: London, Southern, Midlands, Eastern and Northern regions
Contact: valuers048@judicialappointments.gov.uk
Closed for applications: 3 February 2021

Overview of the role

Fee: Chairs - £521.80 per day (£539.98 London), Members - £325.86 per day.

The JAC has been asked to recommend 12 candidates for the post of Chair and 13 candidates for the post of Member. Candidates can apply for one or both roles; however, candidates will only be appointed to one post. If you are successful in your application for the Chair post you may also be required to sit as a Member.

Chairs and Members sit on a panel, alongside the Legal or Professional Member, adjudicating on applications, appeals and references about disputes over property and land.

Full details can be found in the Chair and Member Job Descriptions.

Location and jurisdiction

  • Chairs:
    • Eastern (Norfolk/Suffolk, Thames Corridor)
    • London
    • Midlands (Birmingham)
    • Northern (Newcastle, Liverpool)
    • Southern (Kent, Sussex, Dorset, Hampshire)
  • Members:
    • Eastern (Thames Corridor)
    • London
    • Midlands (Birmingham, Notts/Derby, Stoke)
    • Northern (Manchester)
    • Southern (Kent, Hampshire)

In your online application you will be asked to indicate, in order of preference, the location(s) in which you are willing to work. Whilst we will do our best to recommend successful candidates in line with their preferences, it may not always be possible to do so and you may, therefore, be recommended to any location for which you have indicated a willingness to work. You should, therefore, think carefully about your options and only select locations which are feasible.

Case studies

Reading about candidates previously selected for this role is a useful way of finding out more about the skills needed. Ian Holdsworth and Sarah Hopkin are two of the Tribunal's current members. Click here to read more about their experience working on the Tribunal.

Eligibility

To be considered for appointment you must meet the eligibility requirements for this post.

Statutory

A person is eligible for appointment if he/she is a Member or Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Additional information for Chairs and Members

Candidates are expected to have experience of the valuation of residential property and knowledge and experience, or the ability to obtain that knowledge and experience, in the jurisdictions of the Residential Property division of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).

Additional information for Chairs only

Experience of some court/tribunal or similar work, such as sitting as a tribunal member, arbitrator, magistrate, as an expert witness or in some other capacity, would be desirable, but not essential.

Reasonable length of service

There is no upper or lower age limit for candidates apart from the statutory retirement age of 70. However, the age at which someone is appointed as a a Fee-paid Valuer Chair or Fee-paid Valuer Member of the First-tier Tribunal Property Chamber (Residential Property) should allow for a reasonable length of service. For this position it is usually 4 years before retirement.

In applying for this exercise you should consider whether you can provide 4 full years’ service before retirement. The Commission will decide whether a candidate will be able to provide a reasonable length of service. In doing this they will take into account the number of vacancies, application numbers and the business need for the role.

Candidates who already hold judicial appointment and were first appointed before March 1995, may have a preserved retirement age of 72 or 75. This includes candidates first appointed to a judicial office listed in Schedule 7 to the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993. Such candidates should inform us about their retirement age.

Citizenship

At the time of application, candidates must be either a:

    • UK citizen
    • citizen of another Commonwealth country
    • citizen of the Republic of Ireland

Other European Union citizens are not eligible to apply.

Selection process

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update:

The ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic mean we have suspended all face-to-face selection activity. We are continuing with selection activity that can be completed remotely, in order to meet the needs of the courts and tribunals. This includes launching selection exercises, receiving applications, shortlisting and video interviews.

Alternative, remote, arrangements to replace face-to-face selection days are being used and candidates will be contacted directly by us to explain the process for their particular exercise. In the interests of candidate, panel member and staff wellbeing we expect that selection days will be held remotely until at least June 2021. The introduction of remote interviewing, necessitated by the COVID-19 situation, has been successfully implemented to date. A continuation of this approach will also allow us to fully evaluate the use of remote interviewing for the future across a range of jurisdictions.

Application

Please read the competency framework for the role and the relevant job description before making your application. There are five competencies in total that list the behaviours of a Fee-paid Valuer Chairs and Fee-paid Valuer Members of the First-tier Tribunal, Residential Property Tribunal who are performing the roles effectively.

Your online application plays an important part in the selection process. You must complete all required sections, ensuring the information you provide is clear and accurate.

Candidates are required to complete an online application providing their personal details, career history, a character declaration and confirmation of how they meet the eligibility criteria for this post. There will be no requirement to complete a self-assessment or submit a curriculum vitae.

Independent assessments

Please read the guidance about independent assessments before completing your application. Independent assessments will contribute to your overall assessment. They should provide evidence that you have the abilities relevant to the role as outlined in the relevant competency framework. In your application you must provide details of 2 professional independent assessors who know you and your work well and can provide recent examples of your performance. One of your assessors should ideally be from your current employment.

Shortlisting

The number of applications we receive will determine the means by which shortlisting decisions are taken. If the number of applications far exceeds the number of vacancies, an online qualifying test will be used to determine which candidates are invited to a selection day. This will take place on 23 February 2021 between 07:00 to 21:00. If fewer applications are received and an online qualifying test is not deemed necessary, shortlisting will be against the eligibility criteria only.

All applicants will receive an email advising whether the qualifying test will be taking place by 10 February 2021. If you have not received this email by close of business on 10 February 2021 please contact us at valuers048@judicialappointments.gov.uk .

The qualifying test will consist of multiple-choice Situational Judgement questions and will take no more than 45 minutes.

If you are unable to sit the test on the date specified above due to exceptional circumstances, please email valuers048@judicialappointments.gov.uk as soon as you apply.

All candidates should make the necessary arrangements to sit the test in a suitable and quiet environment ensuring consistent and reliable access to a stable internet connection.

Information about qualifying tests

Selection day

If shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection day which will take place remotely between 7 and 18 June 2021. We will not be able to offer an alternative selection day outside this period.

If you are applying for the Chair and Member roles and are shortlisted for both posts, you will only need to take part in one selection day.

The selection day for this exercise will comprise situational questioning and a competency-based panel interview. Situational questioning involves asking you what you would do in a specific situation, based on challenging, real-life scenarios. Further details of the situational questioning will be sent along with the selection day invitation letter.

Competency-based interviews require you to provide detailed examples of situations in which you have been involved (explaining what the situation was, what you did and what the outcome was) to demonstrate you possess the abilities relevant to the role. There are 5 competencies in total listed in the competency framework.

The overall assessment by the panel will be provided to the JAC’s Selection and Character Committee who makes the selection decision for this role.

Information about selection day, including interviews and role plays

Reasonable adjustments

We provide reasonable adjustments to ensure candidates with a disability are not placed at a disadvantage. We will also consider making reasonable adjustments for those candidates with a short-term injury or temporary illness. You may request a reasonable adjustment in your application.

Information on the reasonable adjustments policy

Character checks

We are required to carry out character checks on all candidates we intend to consider for appointment. This requires your signed consent.

All candidates invited to selection day will be required to complete an electronic consent form.

You should be aware that we expect all character matters to be declared. Any matter that has not been disclosed by you and is brought to our attention through our independent checks will be treated as your non-declaration of a relevant matter. You will have no opportunity to make further representations on any declared issue once the matter is before the Commission.

We consider that it is your responsibility to ensure that any record concerning your character is accurate. Details of the bodies with whom we will make independent character enquiries are set out in paragraph 17 of the Good Character Guidance and you may wish to contact your professional body to ensure all matters recorded are known to you.

On 4 August 2016 the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2016 came into effect. It allows for the full disclosure to the JAC of all spent cautions and convictions to assess good character. You must declare and disclose all past convictions and cautions, regardless of whether they are spent or unspent.

You must continue to update the character section of your JAC profile. You have a continuing responsibility to disclose any matter that may arise at any time before you are notified of the outcome of your application.

Failure to disclose any relevant matter is likely to have an adverse effect on your application.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to disclose any potential conflicts of interest, including but not limited to professional memberships, to Judicial Office (JO). Current judicial office holders should refer to the Guide to Judicial Conduct, discussing any potential conflicts with the relevant leadership judge or senior judicial officer. JO must be informed of any conflicts identified, as this will update information held by us throughout the course of your application. If you have any concerns or queries, please consult JO prior to application.

Equal merit provision

In line with its published policy, the Commission will apply the equal merit provision to this exercise. Guidance on the approach taken by us to equal merit can found here.

If the Commission considers two or more candidates to be of equal merit, priority may be given to a candidate for the purpose of increasing judicial diversity. The Commission will use the provision based on the data declared by candidates in the diversity part of their online application.

The relevant data used to identify under-representation are taken from the 2011 Census, detailed Characteristics, England and Wales (ONS 2012) and the diversity statistics showing the background of the courts and tribunal judiciary (as of 17 September 2020).

If the Commission has applied the equal merit provision, it may be presented with a situation whereby it is unable to choose between two or more candidates on the basis of their relevant protected characteristics. For example, two candidates assessed as being of equal merit may both be white men. If this situation arises, the equal merit provision cannot be used to make a selection. Therefore, the Commission will invite those candidates to either a second interview or to take an online test, to enable it to make a selection decision. This would take place in October 2021.

Selection decisions

The Commission will consider which candidates to recommend to the Appropriate Authority as set out in the Judicial Appointments Regulations 2013.

In order to consider a recommendation, the Appropriate Authority may request any information that was available to the JAC in making its recommendation. You should be aware that any information you provide in your application or during the selection process could be passed onto the Appropriate Authority.

For this exercise the Appropriate Authority will be the Senior President of Tribunals who can accept or reject a recommendation or ask the Commission to reconsider. The Appropriate Authority may not select an alternative candidate.

Outcome of the exercise

We will issue results by email to all those interviewed at the same time. We hope this will be by October 2021.

Feedback

Online qualifying test

Should you be unsuccessful at the online qualifying test stage you will be provided with your overall score in the test, expressed as a percentage. Individual feedback is not provided to candidates; however we will publish an evaluation and feedback report on our website. This will include an evaluation of the test and the how the materials were developed and will analyse how candidates performed overall. It will also include information on the method of marking, including guidance and information on the distribution of marks available to applicants.

Selection day

Following selection day, unsuccessful candidates who are identified as narrowly missing out on recommendation will be notified in their outcome letter and offered individual feedback if requested. Candidates who fall outside of this will be notified of the outcome of selection days and will be encouraged to refer to the post selection day evaluation and feedback report. This will be published on our website after selection days.

Candidates identified as narrowly missing out on recommendation should make a request for feedback within six weeks of the date of their outcome letter.

Training

All Fee-paid Chairs and Fee-paid Valuers will be required to attend a two-day mandatory jurisdiction induction training expected to be held in January/February 2022. All new Valuer Chairs will be required to attend a 2-day, residential Judicial College Faculty Induction seminar within 12 months of starting to sit. Following appointment training will also be available from the Judicial College prospectus including leadership and management training. Additionally, the Residential Property division of the Chamber holds regular training events which will be available as required.

Contact

If you have any questions regarding this role or your application, please contact a member of the selection exercise team.

  • Email: valuers048@judicialappointments.gov.uk
  • Alan Parashkevov, Selection Exercise Manager: 07866 146110
  • Lauren Yu, Selection Exercise Officer: 07583 675145
  • Suzanne Aylward, Senior Selection Exercise Manager: 07870 819764

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