Section 20’s purpose is to ensure healthy competition, ethical behavior and fairness. If there was only one Party Wall Institute/organisation fees would escalate (monopoly pricing) as would unsavory and unethical networks, the unnecessary use of professionals such as checking engineers etc. and the monopolistic institute/organisation would select their own third surveyors. What would then exist would be a sluggish, smug, conceited, self-important, pompous, egoistic and circumscribed monopoly which would have no incentive or motivation to serve the public as it would be feasting on the public as it serves itself.
To avoid the abuses of monopolies Bruce fully supports the competition from other organisations ie FPWS, LPWA, PWA, IPWA, PWSA etc – however Bruce considers it is essential that non-chartered professional bodies avoid the possibility of being seen to mislead the public by the use of non-degree or chartered suffixes or overstate the ability, qualifications, experience etc of their members (marketing confusion). See consumer protection regulations and due diligence.
Party Wall Surveyor serving Thanet and London
Third Surveyor serving England and Wales