Vicky Phillips passes the RICS Expert Witness Certificate
This is an important additional RICS qualification focussing on the role of your RICS Expert in a dispute, and ensuring they have the skills required to confidently and reasonably provide an unbiased and professional opinion.
When appointing an expert witness you’ll want to be certain they are fully conversant with their role and the demands of the court.
For those outside of the legal profession, there are few venues in everyday life more daunting than the courtroom.
This applies if you are there as one of the parties, seeking for a Judge or Tribunal to resolve the matter in dispute, but also to your Expert Witness.
It’s ultimately your expert opinion, not that of your firm, or your colleagues, that you are putting forward when your sign off your report and are potentially up there in the stand. It goes without saying then, if that person is representing you, confidence in that individual is key.
Your Valuer may be a competent and knowledgeable, but do they have the same skills and experience to produce a clear, thorough, unbiased, reasoned and well-presented Expert Report? In the case of a Single Joint Expert representing both parties, are you confident the document adequately addresses the matter in dispute, whether or not you agree with it? The overriding responsibility is to the instructing Court, and never to any of the parties.
Furthermore, in the event your Expert Witness is called to attend a court hearing, you need to be confident they are aware of their responsibilities in their capacity as an Expert Witness, and their ability to handle cross-examination.
There are many instances where in that court room setting the Expert has missed the mark. This is devastating for the client, but also for the Expert.
This is a programme, run by individuals experienced in surveying, arbitration and adjudication.
With input from barristers and a Judge, online assessments and a mock cross examination of your own report, it gives a very real insight into the legislation, regulation, procedure, and responsibilities of an Expert Witness.
It’s one to look out for on your Expert’s CV.
Having completed and passed the course earlier this year, I’m proud that it now forms part of mine.
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