The second Oxford Conference for auctioneers on September 13-14 saw the launch of a new template for valuations devised by Rupert Toovey and Paul Britton.
The template is intended to protect
both valuer and client by setting out terms of engagement and best
practice in valuation in a concise form which fits onto two sides
of A4 paper.
The document is conceived as a guide
that can be adapted to the individual needs of valuers, while
ensuring that valuations comply with the Red Book standards laid
down by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and recognised
The templates can be downloaded free of
charge from the Oxford Conference website.
Organised by Rupert Toovey of Toovey's
and Jeremy Lamond of Halls, the two-day event was launched last
year to replace the annual RICS conference which has not be held
for several years.
This year's event provided the full
ten hours of Continuing Professional Development required by RICS
each year but was open to all auctioneers and valuers.
Friday's technical sessions on
valuation practice were followed on Saturday by a gallery talk from
the director of the Henry Moore and Francis Bacon exhibition which
has just opened at the Ashmolean, a lecture on the emergence of
Modern art and an afternoon guided tour of Blenheim
A lively open forum session addressed
a wide range of issues, including the changing demands on
auctioneers from the increase in online bidding and the
implications of the recent revision of DEFRA guidelines on the sale
of items from endangered species.
Plans are already in place for a third
conference in September 2014.