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Expert Witness Accreditation Service

Expert Witness Accreditation Service

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:

  • Highlighted that there is no proper market definition of what is meant by an expert witness.
  • Demonstrated that professionals who act as expert witnesses must apply a high level of professional standards in discharging the role
  • Revealed that there is no organisation or professional that trains, assesses and also quality assures expert witnesses
  • Revealed that there is no organisation that provides a range of services to help instructing parties identify and source experts witnesses who:
    • are trained and assessed in the role of expert witness
    • are routinely and robustly monitored as part of a quality control regime
    • are bound to follow published professional best practice and guidelines
    • have the specific relevant expertise required by the clients
    • have been checked to ensure they are free from conflicts of interest
    • have been checked to ensure they are available to act as and when required

Our Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) has developed EWAS to provide reassurance to parties who instruct expert witnesses that their experts are:

  • Appropriately experienced in the relevant subject matter
  • Trained and assessed by RICS in the roles and duties of an expert witness
  • Subject to the comprehensive quality control regime managed by RICS DRS  

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.

The service

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.

Do you qualify to become an RICS Accredited Expert Witness?

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.

EWAS criteria for inclusion - RICS Accredited Expert Witnesses

EWAS criteria for inclusion - RICS Registered Expert Witnesses

EWAS application form

The Value of RICS Accreditation for Expert Witnesses 

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:

  • Are formally assessed and qualified to rigorous RICS standards
  • Have been recognised by RICS as expert in their subject fields and in their duties to court and clients
  • Understand and comply with RICS practice statements, ethics and guidance for expert witnesses; keep up to date on law and practice, and are regularly reassessed
  • Are subject to a quality assurance process, managed by RICS DRS

Global markets

While the role and function of court experts varies from country to country, EWAS will establish fundamental principles of good practice that apply globally.

Register of RICS Accredited Expert Witnesses

List of RICS Registered Expert Witnesses

Referral service

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:

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

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.

Find out more

How to apply for accreditation

If you are seeking exemption:

  • Review the accreditation criteria
  • Complete and return the EWAS Application Form along with the application fee
  • Provide a copy of three years’ worth of continued professional development (CPD)
  • Provide details of two people who you would like to act as referees on your behalf. These should be people who are active in your sphere of professional practice and who have first-hand knowledge of your experience.

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.

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