RICS Expert Witness Accreditation Service (EWAS) is a voluntary scheme that sets the standards for professionals who act as expert witnesses.
The ground-breaking Supreme Court decision in Jones v Kaney made it possible to sue experts in negligence. The recent implementation of the 'Jackson reforms' to costs infrastructure in civil litigation have placed greater emphasis on the quality and value for money of expert witnesses.
Some practical consequences of the decision in Jones v Kaney are that it:
Our Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) has developed EWAS to provide reassurance to parties who instruct expert witnesses that their experts are:
This qualification signals high standards of expertise and professionalism for expert witnesses underpinned by regulation. This qualification is not only worthwhile; it has become crucial.
EWAS is designed to raise standards in a sector that has not previously been subject to quality control by a professional body. It sets universal standards for expert witnesses across the property and built environment sector.
Accreditation as an RICS Expert Witness is open to all property professionals and underpinned by a dedicated training course, for those who need it, and assessment. The dates and costs of the next accredited expert witness training course in the UK can be found in the training brochure which is available to download below.
If you have previously undertaken expert witness training and/or have significant experience as an expert witness, and you comply with the accreditation criteria, please complete and return the EWAS application form which can be downloaded below.
Your application will be assessed by an independent assessment panel.
RICS Expert Witness Accreditation is a clear indicator of quality and competence in market underpinned by RICS' 150 years of pre-eminence in the property and built environment sector.
It also signals that RICS accredited expert witnesses:
While the role and function of court experts varies from country to country, EWAS will establish fundamental principles of good practice that apply globally.
The Expert Witness referral service 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. A key factor of the referral service is that it can be used to source expert witnesses who:
RICS charges an administration fee of £425.00 inclusive of VAT to make a nomination of an Expert Witness. You are able to source an RICS Accredited Expert Witness for free using the EWAS referral service.
If you are seeking exemption:
If you do not wish to apply for an exemption please attend the RICS Expert Witness Certificate. More information about this training can be found here.
Please email us if you would like further information.