Real Estate industry becomes more and more interested in solving disputes out-of-court through mediation.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the International Mediation Centre become partners.

RICS and the IMC, which was established by the International Chambers of Commerce in Poland i.e. Belgian, British, French, Spanish and Italian have signed a declaration of partnership. The declaration was signed this March in Warsaw by Ewelina Stobiecka, PhD, the initiator and coordinator of the IMC, Managing Partner of Taylor Wessing Warsaw and Joanna Plaisant, LLM Country Manager RICS in Poland.

Development and promotion of mediation in real estate and the construction industries are common goals of these prestigious institutions. The relationship between the IMC and RICS is based on the exchange of international experience, know-how, support and joint projects dedicated to real estate and the construction industries.

 “The Real estate sector is one which without a doubt faces many conflicts and it takes much time for commercial courts to solve many of these conflicts. Mediation offers a huge opportunity not only to identify the best solution for the dispute but also an opportunity to preserve a good business relationship between the parties which may lead to an ongoing business relationship with the parties who are in dispute.” – says Ewelina Stobiecka.

Solving a dispute in the real estate market requires a combination of knowledge from various disciplines such as construction, civil law, real estate, valuation, economics, tax law and project management. I believe that RICS experts will introduce the necessary competences into the IMC as they have over 40 years’ experience in amicable settlement of disputes. Currently we conduct initial workshops for mediators in Poland, who will implement the knowledge and experience gained within RICS into the Polish market. The IMC will be able to use the effect of scale which is so important for mediation, so that the greatest possible number of people will be persuaded that mediation is the best money and time saving method and enables preserving good business relationships which are such a crucial element in the market.” – says Joanna Plaisant LLM, RICS Country Manager in Poland.

 “It is important for everyone to work with RICS. One of the IMC’s main goals is to work alongside organisations in a particular sector, which RICS unquestionably belongs to. This gives us along with the international chambers of commerce and the IMC, better and more effective tools to support entrepreneurs especially in the real estate sector, where very often disputes are on an international level.” – summarises Joanna Jaroch-Pszeniczna Vicedirector French – Polish Commercial Chamber, Chairwoman of the IMC.

RICS (the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) is an independent, international organisation which promotes the development of professional qualifications, acting in line with the highest quality  standards and stringent code of ethics in the real estate and construction industries. RICS was founded in 1868 in Great Britain, where nowadays it functions on the basis of branches located throughout Great Britain, Europe (continental), Middle East & Africa, North and South America, ASEAN, China & East Asia, Oceania and South Asia. RICS membership is acknowledged as a guarantee of the highest level of professionalism in the industry. RICS brings together nearly 118 000 specialists around the World, which monitors improvement, strengthens and complies with RICS’ standards in local markets. In Poland RICS was established in 1991 by a group of experienced surveyors, who identified the need to introduce regulations in young and developing market which underwent a system transformation.

The International Mediation Centre constitutes a platform for out-of-court dispute resolution, which is available for all entrepreneurs and especially Chambers’ members. The mission of the Centre is to facilitate conducting a business activity in Poland and to introduce and promote the best standards related to the out of court commercial dispute resolution. The declaration of establishment of the International Mediation Centre was signed by the Belgian Chamber of Commerce, the British-Polish Chamber of Commerce, the French Chamber of Commerce, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Poland, as well as the Polish-Spanish Chamber of Commerce.

Keywords RICS, MCM