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Expert Witness Referral Service

Expert Witness Referral Service

RICS Dispute Resolution Service offers the EWAS Referral Service, which provides reassurance to parties who instruct RICS accredited expert witnesses that they are appropriately qualified and able to discharge the role they are instructed to undertake. The referral service is part of the Expert Witness Accreditation Service (EWAS), which sets universal standards for expert witnesses across the property and built environment sector.

Why use the EWAS Referral Service?

By using the EWAS referral service, you can be confident that the appointed expert:

  • Has the relevant expertise which meets the specific needs of the parties seeking to instruct an expert available to act as and when required (including attending court).
  • Has been checked for independence and is free from conflicts of interest.
  • Has appropriate professional indemnity insurance for the matter on which they are to be instructed. 
  • Is subject to a quality control regime managed by RICS Dispute Resolution Services (DRS).

Costs

We charge an administration fee of £425 inclusive of VAT to make a nomination of Expert Witness. To use this service, please complete and return the DRS2 application form. 

You are also able to source an RICS Accredited Expert Witness using the EWAS referral service. This will not give you a formal nomination of an Expert Witness, but a recommendation of Expert Witnesses who you may be able to appoint yourself. There is no application fee for this service, however costs will be recouped from the Expert Witness should you chose to appoint them. To access this service, please complete and return the EWAS Referral Service application form.

Contact the MENA DRS team

For more information about the Panel, or to enquire about future training dates and pricing, please contact: drsmena@rics.org