New forms reflect the recent legislative changes and embrace modern methods of consulting

The RICS has introduced new appointment forms in a bid to simplify the process of appointing surveyors.

The new Consultancy Appointment Forms reflect the recent changes to the legislative frameworks that govern health and safety and company administration.

David Tuffin, RICS president

David Tuffin, RICS president, said: “One of the first and most important lessons I learned in my professional life was to ensure my appointment terms accurately reflected the service I was offering.

“This is the simplest way to avoid misunderstandings with clients which, almost inevitably, have a financial as well as a relationship cost.

The forms comprise a Standard Form of Appointment, a Short Form of Appointment, explanatory notes and co-ordinated services for building surveyors, CDM co-ordinators, employer’s agents, project managers, project monitors and quantity surveyors.

The Standard Form of consultant’s appointment is suitable for projects of any size or value. The form can be customised to suit the client and consultant risk profile on a project by project basis and a series of pre-determined options can be used to tailor the appointment without the need for rewriting.

The short version of the forms can be used for smaller, straightforward project appointments.

The co-ordinated suite of services can be used individually or, where a multi-disciplinary appointment is required, collectively.