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11 JUN 2019

Use your Valuer expertise to become a part-time judge

If you're a RICS Member or Fellow, there are some great opportunities to become a part-time judge. The First-tier Tribunal, Residential Property Chamber is seeking 28 RICS professionals to sit as fee-paid Valuer Chairs and fee-paid Valuer Members.

The Tribunal handles applications and appeals about disputes over property and land such as private sector rents and residential leasehold management.

As a Valuer Member, you will use your knowledge and experience in valuation to help the Tribunal reach a fair decision. As a Chair, you will also manage the hearing, any preliminaries and write up the reasons for the decision. Candidates applying for the Chair role may have experience of a tribunal or work such as arbitrator, magistrate or expert witness.

The Property Chamber offers a wide range of cases in the residential property specialism, many of which you do not experience in the day-to-day working of a property professional. The Valuer Member role is very fulfilling. I enjoy using my knowledge and experience to determine the outcome of a dispute. Working with the public has made me more empathetic and improved my listening skills.

Sarah Hopkins
Valuer Member in the Residential Property Tribunal

There 17 Valuer Members vacancies and 11 fee-paid Valuer Chair vacancies across England. Candidates are expected to have knowledge and reasonable experience in the practice of valuation in the jurisdictions of the Residential Property division of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).

Valuer Members and Chair sit for between 10 and 30 days a year, depending on location. Valuer members earn a fee of £313.20 a day whilst Valuer Chairs earn a fee of £501.52 a day (£519.70 in London).

Applications will close on 19 June 2019. The online application is quick and simple and candidates simply need to submit their personal information and career history information.

Find out more about the roles and apply on the Judicial Appointments Commission website