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Draft RICS Guidance Notes & Professional Statement: Surveyors Acting as Expert Witnesses in Scotland

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The first edition of the combined RICS professional statement (formally referred to as a practice statement) and guidance note Surveyors Acting as Expert Witnesses in Scotland will apply to surveyors providing expert evidence, whether oral or written, before a range of courts and tribunals in Scotland (a role sometimes referred to in Scotland as a skilled witness).

The professional statement section sets out the mandatory duties of a surveyor in providing expert evidence, while the guidance note section provides
further information on good practic.

This includes:
? the need for clear instructions and terms of engagement fees

? guidance on what to do in situations of conflict of interest

? an outline of the written report format

? clarification of the differences between the roles of expert witness and advocate

? the immunity of the expert witness.

RICS Professional groups also provide technical advice across the RICS organisation. They contribute to the RICS public policy agenda, and develop and maintain strategic alliances with other professional bodies and industry organisations /groupings.

RICS in Scotland works closely with the Scottish Government on matters relating to land, property and construction. Members there are integrally involved with many large construction projects in the region, such as the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the new Forth crossing.

RICS in Scotland has seven partner universities delivering a wide range of RICS-accredited courses

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