The RICS Conduct and Appeals Committee consists of a Chair, lay members and RICS professionals.


Sir Michael Burton

Sir Michael was called to the bar in 1970, became a QC in 1984 and was appointed a High Court Judge in 1998. From 1998 to November 2016 Sir Michael was a Judge of the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division). From 2007 – 2016, he was a nominated Judge of the Commercial Court, where he sat most regularly, of the Technical and Construction Court, the Administrative Court  and of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, also sitting in the Chancery Divisions and in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).

Sir Michael was President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal from 2002 – 2005, and was responsible for substantial reforms and changes to that Court’s rules and procedures, which are still in place and effective, 10 years later. In Dawson’s Short History of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (Second Ed) Chapter 9 it was stated that ‘there is no doubt that Burton J’s policies have been responsible for great savings of time and expense.

He was, and remains, the first Chairman of the Central Arbitration Committee (the Industrial Court), established in 2000, appointing every panel: he introduced the practices, procedures and guidelines under which the Central Arbitration Committee has operated, and he reports annually to Parliament on its behalf.

He has been since 2013 President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), to which complaints as to surveillance or interception are made against the Security Services and the Police: he was previously President of the Interception of Communications Tribunal, one of its predecessors, and was Vice-President of the IPT from 2000 – 2013. He has acted as Commercial Arbitrator and as Mediator. He was appointed a Judge of ADGM (Commercial) Courts of Abu Dhabi in November 2016.

He was Treasurer of Gray’s Inn, of which he remains a Bencher, in 2012, and was Chairman of the High Court Judges’ Association 2010-2011.

Sir Michael is general editor of Civil Appeals (Second Ed) Sweet & Maxwell. He is an Honorary Fellow of Goldsmiths College, London University and was a Fellow of Eton College from 2004 - 2016. Sir Michael is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


Christopher Pittman MSc DipArb FRICS, FCIArb

Chris Pittman is a Quantity Surveyor with more than 35 years experience in the field. He has held senior managerial positions in both the private and public sectors. He has been principal of his own firm since 2014 and now combines his professional work with academic work for both the University College of Estate Management and the University of Westminster.

Helen Riley MPhil MRICS

Chartered surveyor in commercial property (qualified 1990). Latterly Senior Director of large international private practice based in Central London. Account Manager for various multinational corporate clients, managing national teams and covering a broad range of disciplines. School governor and charity trustee.

Ian Hastie MRICS

Ian is a Chartered Surveyor specialising in the built environment.   He initially trained as a Senior Engineer and was finally employed as a Construction Manager with John Laing Construction Ltd. Since 1978 and to date he has been the principal in a multi disciplined private practice in Rochdale, primarily operating in building design, specification, and contract administration.

Joshua Askew FRICS

Joshua Askew is a valuer in JLL’s UK National retail valuation team situated in JLL’s London office (Warwick Street). He is also responsible for Compliance and Risk Management related issues within JLL’s Valuation Business. Joshua runs a 10 week, 10 lecture APC Valuation Boot Camp programme within JLL for candidates soon to sit their APC interviews.

Joshua is a Fellow of the RICS (FRICS), an RICS Registered Valuer, a licensed Pfandbrief MLV valuer (CIS HypZert (MLV)) and a Recognised European Valuer (REV) with 10 years of post-qualification experience primarily in the valuation of international mixed-use schemes (in Russia and the CIS, where he was located for 6 years). Joshua has appeared twice at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); giving expert evidence on the Goodzone shopping centre in Moscow and on the iconic Hotel Moskva mixed-use redevelopment on Red Square.

Lay Members

Carolyn Tetlow

Carolyn is a qualified solicitor (non-practising) and a Magistrate on the Buckinghamshire Bench. She is a lay member of the Health & Care Professions Council Fitness to Practise panel, a lay member of the Central University Research Ethics Committee of the University of Oxford, and a Patient Public Involvement board member for the National Institute of Health Research. She was formerly a Patient Advocate for the Independent Complaints Advocacy Service.

Catherine Audcent

Catherine began her career as a solicitor specialising in defendant professional indemnity and personal injury litigation before spending a number of years with the Legal Services Ombudsman, investigating complaints about legal professional bodies. She is now a member of the Investigations Committee at the Architects Registration Board and in January 2012 will take up an appointment as a lay panellist for the General Medical Council.

Chris Boothman

Chris Boothman is a qualified solicitor and  the former Director of Legal Services for the Commission for Racial Equality and the former Head of Legal Services for the Standards Board for England. He was an Independent Member of the Metropolitan Police authority and a member of the Police Appeals Tribunal.

Gillian Seagar

Gillian initially studied as a dietitian, has an MSc in Public Health Nutrition and worked in the UK and Africa. Following the Bar examinations, she has held a number of senior management positions within regulation. She led the Investigations and Intelligence, Casework Investigations and Operations and the Practice Standards departments for the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

She was subsequently employed by the Bar Standards Board and the Independent Police Complaints Commission. She is currently a case examiner, lay panel member, disciplinary assessor and a magistrate (criminal and family).

Imran Benson

Imran Benson is a practising barrister at Hailsham Chambers. He specialises in civil claims involving professionals and has much experience of dealing with property professionals as both parties and witnesses. For some years he has sat on the Middle Temple Estates Committee, which is charged with running and developing a mid-size Central London property estate and therefore he also has good knowledge of landlord and property management issues. He is involved in a number of other professional committees and lives in South West London.

John Anderson MBE LLB

John became an official with the General Teaching Council for Scotland in 2002 and retired as Head of Fitness to Teach in 2012. A former secondary music teacher and trade union official, he was also the Chair of the City of Edinburgh Children’s Panel 2000 – 2006. John was an Independent Assessor to the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland (2002–2008), and also served on the Education Honours Committee (2005 - 2010).  He is currently a member of the Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal and Disciplinary Committee of the Faculty of Advocates (Scottish Bar), CIMA, CIPD, CILEX, Church of Scotland and Scottish Football Association. John is also organist of a church in Edinburgh.

Julian Weinberg

Julian has been a solicitor for over 25 years in private practice, specialising in criminal law. He is currently a Consultant to a Central London Practice and is a Higher Court Advocate. He is an experienced panel member, sitting as an Adjudicator for the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Chair of the Architects Registration Board, and is a Lay Member of the professional conduct panels of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Teaching Council. He also chairs a Local Authority Education Appeal Panel and is a Trustee of a number of charities."

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