Simon Douglas, Development Director at Savills Leeds, is one of the first people in the north of England to achieve his RICS Diploma in Arbitration.
“This result just goes to show that you are never too old to further your education,” he said.
“It is so easy to use everyday life toils as an excuse not to progress oneself further, but I’m so pleased I took the opportunity and saw it through, it’s definitely been worth the effort.
“Savills has been fantastic to me throughout this process – a firm that not only provides first class training support to graduates, but also to experienced surveyors.”
The course has recently been introduced and administered by the RICS with studies at Warwickshire University.
It is aimed at professionals working within the built environment who want to gain a comprehensive and practical knowledge of the arbitral process.
As a result, Mr Douglas is now a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
The qualification will enable him to settle disputes between parties if they choose arbitration as the method of alternative dispute resolution.
Arbitration is a non-judicial process for the settlement of disputes where an independent third party – an arbitrator – makes a decision that is binding. The role of an arbitrator is similar to that of a judge, though the procedures can be less formal.