11 DEC 2008
Mr Gurmajor Grewal [1269897 ], Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Wednesday 10 December 2008
RICS, Surveyor Court, Westwood Way, Coventry, UK
The formal charges are:
Findings with Reasons
The Panel, on due and proper consideration of the documents, finds that the Certificate of Conviction is such that the Institution has the power to impose penalties, in that we find the breach proved. That is charge 1.
As to charge 2, in the absence of Mr Grewal we have treated this as being denied. Having carefully considered all the documents, we accept that the letters have been sent, where indicated they have been received by Mr Grewal and that Mr Grewal has failed to respond to other attempts to contact him. Accordingly, the Panel finds the charge proved.
Determination on Penalty
Mr Grewal has been convicted of the serious offence of affray. In the absence of any extenuating or mitigating circumstances, the Panel has considered the penalties available, and in particular the advice contained within the Sanctions Policy as to the likely response of the Institution to evidence being provided against a Member of a conviction for a serious offence of this nature and has decided that Mr Grewal shall be expelled.
In relation to charge 2, having found that Mr Grewal failed to comply with his obligation to fully co-operate with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in investigating matters as required by Rule 9 of the Rules of Conduct for Members 2007, the Panel imposes a penalty of a reprimand and a fine of £200, which would have been considerably more but for the other orders we make in this case.
Determination on Publication and Costs
Publication is ordered in RICS Business and on the website.
As to costs, the Panel on consideration is satisfied that the costs were properly notified to Mr Grewal by the RICS and are fair and reasonable and therefore awards them in full as requested in the sum of £3,448.00
The Panel reminds Mr Grewal that, as will be contained within the notification of the Panel’s decision, he is entitled to appeal within 28 days.