This comprehensive guide is written for surveyors who provide expert evidence to be relied upon in civil proceedings before a wide range of tribunals.

Effective from 2 July 2014, this document:

  • Explains the need for clear instructions and terms of engagement
  • Gives guidance on what to do in situations of conflict of interest
  • Outlines the written report format
  • Clarifies the differences between the roles of expert and advocate
  • Helps remove pressure upon experts to support their clients’ cases irrespective of their honest professional opinion

This practice statement is also published in the form of an accompanying client guide, a copy of which can be supplied by the expert witness to the prospective client. This guide may be provided without copyright permission; however, the expert witness must make clear to the prospective client that his/her copy is for his/her use only, and that any reproduction of the guide for the use of a third party would breach RICS copyright, as specified in PS 3.4(b).


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