Local Taxation Chamber - Legal Member

06 Dec 21

New Tribunal, New Opportunities to build your legal career

Legal Members sought for Scotland’s First-tier Tribunal: Local Taxation Chamber

The Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014 created a new statutory framework for tribunals in Scotland.  The Act created two new tribunals, the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland and the Upper Tribunal for Scotland, known collectively as the Scottish Tribunals. The First-tier Tribunal consists of a number of Chambers, each with its own jurisdiction and headed by a Chamber President.

The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland (JABS) invites applications from suitably qualified individuals who wish to be considered for appointment as a Legal Member of the new Chamber which, subject to regulations, will be called the Local Taxation Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland.

The Board is seeking 15 Legal Members across Scotland.  The posts are paid on a daily fee basis of £387.21 with around 15 days per year commitment forecast. This is an opportunity to play a key role in society supporting the delivery of justice in Scotland.

The Chamber will consider appeals relating to a number of elements of local taxation including: non-domestic rating; property valuation, calculation of council tax liabilities, and local taxation related civil penalty decisions.

The Chamber will consist of legal members, ordinary members (with surveyor rating experience) and ordinary members (with valuation experience).
Parallel recruitment is taking place for ten ordinary members with surveyor rating experience and a further recruitment will take place in spring 2022 for ordinary members with valuation experience. 

More details are available in the information pack (Guidance Note for applicants).

Interviews for these appointments are planned for March/April 2022.

Starting Date
It is expected that the appointments will start in autumn 2022 with a programme of training before any formal casework / hearings from 1 January 2023.

Eligibility and Specifications

Please see the specific role description and other details on our website.

We encourage diversity and welcome applications from people of all communities and backgrounds. Eligible practitioners from all sectors are welcome to apply.

The principles of fair and open competition will apply and recommendation for appointment will be made solely on merit.

Further information can be found within the Guidance Note and Role Profile on the https://www.judicialappointments.scot/vacancies.

Applications must be submitted by 12.00 (midday) GMT, Thursday 6 January 2022

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