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Blowing the whistle

The fate of whistle blowers in the construction industry is well documented, with many of those who dared to stick their head above the parapet ending up on clandestine black lists, never to work in the industry again.

Strange then that the RICS should sack four non-executive members of the Governing Council for having the courage to expose previously suppressed audit practices within the organisation. This week the RICS issued an apology to the dismissed four that seemed to many to be a little hollow.

The RICS issue guidance to its members on Conflict of Interest and how to proceed in these circumstances. Again, it seems strange that Levitt reported the RICS's legal advisors at the time, 'had more than one potential conflict of interest, which they appear either to have ignored or misjudged.”

Duncan Cartlidge

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