Peter McCrea, chartered surveyor and director of Innes England in Derby has been appointed to the Lands Chamber (Ministry of Justice), the UK’s highest property and land disputes jurisdiction. Peter is one of just three chartered surveyors appointed to this prestigious position and will assist the tribunal’s judges in resolving land and property disputes.
The Lands Chamber (Upper Chamber) judges and members deal with disputes relating to Acts of Parliament and Statutory Instruments. Formed in 1949, the Lands Chamber was established to replace the panel of Official Arbitrators which heard disputes surrounding the compensation for the compulsory purchase of land. It has a significant influence on legal precedents and is second only to the High Court for its power of appeal pertaining to matters of land and property.
The panel is overseen by a president and consists of eight judges and three chartered surveyors who are invited onto the panel to advise on professional standards. RICS is the largest property professional body in the world, producing professional guidance designed to protect public interest.
The Lands Chamber panel hears the following disputes:
- Absent owner references
- Blight notice references
- Compensation references
- First tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) Appeals
- Land taxation appeals
- Rating appeals
- References by consent
- Restrictive covenants
- Rights of light applications
A practicing commercial chartered surveyor, Peter has dedicated his career to date supporting the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in progressing property professionalism. Peter is one of elected Fellows of the RICS and has previously worked in dispute resolution as a member of the RICS Disciplinary Panel.
Peter will start this new role in September and explains that it is the highlight of his career to-date: “This position becomes vacant so infrequently – once every ten years at most – that I was determined to put myself forward when the vacancy arose. The selection process was exceptionally tough, in the end I went through about ten rounds of interviews. Needless to say, it will be a huge privilege to apply my professional knowledge and experience to date to some of the most contentious property and land disputes in the country.
“Many underestimate the role of a chartered surveyor; indeed I am very passionate about encouraging the young into the profession. RICS guidance addresses the most timely and significant concerns facing the sector and as a Chartered Surveyor you are required provide trusted advice to preserve client’s interests in land, property and construction. While this is a highlight of my career it also reflects the opportunities that arise from achieving the chartered status.”
Robert Hartley, managing director of Innes England, added: “I am delighted for Peter to have been appointed to this prestigious position of a Member of The Lands Tribunal at this point in his career. Since his return to Innes England, Peter has made a very positive contribution to the company and into our efforts to continually deliver professional and expert services offered by our valuation surveyors across the East Midlands. We pride ourselves with the strong connections we have developed with the RICS over the years recognising it as the world’s leading professional body for setting standards in the surveying industry. Our clients benefit from all of our surveyors being chartered and our graduates are all working towards chartered status. We also have a strong team of RICS registered valuers and some members are RICS assessors, helping to maintain high standards for the next generation of surveyors.