23 JUL 2009
Mr Christopher Grinter [ 1171192 ], Richmond, DL11
22 July 2009
RICS, Parliament Square, London, UK
Findings with Reasons
In the absence of Mr Christopher Grinter and any representation on his behalf, the Panel has treated this matter as if the breach was not admitted. Evidence was presented in the form of a certificate of conviction that Mr Grinter was convicted and sentenced in respect of 25 charges.
The Panel therefore found the charge proved.
This case has been brought before the Panel under by-law B5.4.2 of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors By-Laws 2009. Mr Christopher Grinter has been convicted of serious sexual offences at Teeside Crown Court this year which resulted in a custodial sentence and other ancillary orders.
Mr Grinter is a student member of the Institution but is still expected to behave in a manner consistent with membership of his profession. The Panel regards it as imperative that an appropriate sanction is applied and has taken note of the Sanction guidance dated 1 January 2008. There is, in its view, only one appropriate sanction and that is the expulsion of Mr Christopher Grinter from membership of the Institution. Allowing him to remain as a member would risk the reputation of the Institution and the profession and undermine the public’s confidence in its regulation. The offences committed by Mr Grinter are of the most serious nature.
The Panel has decided that this determination should be published in accordance with RICS’s policy for the publication of disciplinary matters.
In respect of costs, the Panel makes an order that Mr Grinter will pay RICS their costs of £3,060.75.
Finally, the Panel reminds Mr Grinter that he has a right of appeal within 28 days under Rule 59 of the Disciplinary Registration and Appeal Panel Rules 2008.