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Planners as Expert Witnesses

This practice advice sets out the duties and responsibilities of being an expert witness, along with top tips on how to improve your performance. It also outlines the procedures for planners to gain professional access to barristers.

How planners can improve their effectiveness at planning inquiries and hearings. Acting as an expert witness at a planning inquiry or hearing is an important, but often nerve wracking part of being a professional planner. However, by taking the time and care to prepare thoroughly it is an excellent and rewarding test of your skills and knowledge as a planner.

The RTPI has worked with representatives of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA) to publish this practice advice. It sets out the duties and responsibilities of being an expert witness, along with top tips on how to improve your performance. It also outlines the procedures for planners to secure professional access to barristers. The advice refers to the procedures that apply in England, Wales and Scotland.

Download the full report here.

"The Planning and Environmental Bar Association is pleased to have had a hand in drafting this Expert Witness practice advice which provides an insight into the role of giving expert evidence in a planning appeal context, along with some practical tips to make the presentation run smoothly."

For more information please contact practice@rtpi.org.uk.

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