Hearings are held for serious breaches when it is more appropriate to do this than impose a fixed penalty or agree a consent order.
Panels for hearings are selected from the Conduct and Appeal Committee, which consists of a Chair, 19 lay members and eight RICS professionals.
A disciplinary panel must comprise of a Chair and at least two other panellists, of whom one must be a lay member (i.e. someone who is not a professional of RICS). Some members of the Conduct and Appeal Committee can be appointed as Chairs of Disciplinary Panels when dealing with cases.
Meet the members of the committee.
A panel’s role is to hear disciplinary cases involving members of the profession or registered firms, to make findings of fact in relation to allegations brought by RICS, to decide whether a member or firm is liable to disciplinary action and, if so, to consider whether a sanction should be imposed.
If an allegation is proven, and a panel concludes that a member of the profession or registered firm is liable to disciplinary action, it can consider whether a disciplinary sanction is needed in the public interest. Panels can issue sanctions ranging from cautions, imposing fines, imposing conditions or expelling professionals from the profession and deregistering firms from regulation.