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 by HMRC.
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 Palace.
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.