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MEET J.P. SCRAFTON

Qualifications, Professional Experience and International Experience

Professional Qualifications


Legal Qualifications - Solicitor of the Supreme Court (England and Wales) - December 1975

 

Arbitration - Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - 1999

 

Mediation - Trained and accredited as a Mediator - 2001

 

Valuation Qualification - Corporate Membership, Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation – 1988; Fellowship 2012

 

Judicial Appointment


Chairman (part time) London Rent Assessment Committee and Leasehold Reform Tribunal for London (2000 to 2010)


Member, Valuation Tribunal Users’ Group (2010 to date)



Current and Most Recent Professional Institutional Offices



Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation:


Member of National Council (2001-2005, 2009-2013 and 2014 to date)

Chairman of The Valuers' Association (2014 to date)

Law and Research Committee (1988-2009) (past Vice Chairman) Chairman (2012-2013)

Vice Chairmanship of the Education and Membership Committee (2011-2012)

Chairman of the Syllabus Review Sub-Committee (2011-2012)

Valuation Faculty Board Chairman (2010-2013); Vice Chairman (2003-2010)

Member Valuers’ Association Board (replacing Faculty Board) (2013 to date)

Member, N/SVQ Management Board (2004 to winding up 2010)

Member, Qualifications Management Board (2010-2013)

Member, Local Revenues and Taxation Faculty Board (2005-2013)

Member, Metropolitan and Home Counties Association Executive Committee (2001-2010)
(Vice Chairman 2008-2009, Chairman and President (2009-2010)



Compulsory Purchase Association:

Founding Secretary and author of Constitution (2001-2006), Chairman (2006-2007), Immediate Past Chairman (2007-2008)

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Principal UK Professional Experience


1977 - 1980 Assistant Solicitor Simmons & Simmons, City of London specialising in commercial property, planning and development, rating and compensation.
1980 - 1982 Senior Legal Assistant to the Solicitor of Inland Revenue specialising in valuation for rating but advising also in matters of taxation and compulsory purchase compensation.
1982 - 1988 Assistant Solicitor Lovell White & King, City of London specialising in development and planning, rating (valuation and collection) and compulsory purchase and compensation.
1988 - 1993 Associate then Partner of Stephenson Harwood, City of London specialising in rating and compensation and judicial review.
1993 - 2007 In practice on own account specialising in rating (valuation and collection), compulsory purchase and compensation, judicial review and cases involving negligence by valuers, together with banking finance.
2007 – In practice on own account as a legal consultant as above.


Honours and Awards

 

Distinguished Service Award from the Worshipful Company of Solicitors of the City of London (1986); Honorary Solicitor, Rating Surveyors' Association (from 1993); Honorary Member, Rating Surveyors' Association (2009)


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Principal International Experience


1993 – Negotiation (for Kuwaiti Government on behalf of UN) of war damage compensation claims in Kuwait
1993 - 2005 As a consultant to World Bank, Asian Development Bank and OECD missions to emergent democracies principally in Central and Eastern Europe and in Central Asia to advise Governments on the introduction of legislation in fiscal and real property matters as well as other measures to do with agricultural holdings and other real property-related topics.


Countries visited:
Kuwait - 1993 Bulgaria - 1993 to 1999 Estonia - 1994 to 1998 Portugal - 1994 Romania - 1994 Kyrgyzstan - 2001 Mongolia - 2003 to 2004 Kosovo/a - 2004 Other countries trained in Property Tax matters (1993 to 1996) Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Poland, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine.

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