The name Eve calls for no introduction for those with any interest in the profession of land valuation. In The Trials of an Expert Witness: The indiscreet memoirs of a valuer and planner, Hilary Eve, the son of Gerald, a Past President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, who founded the firm which bears his name has carried on this distinguished tradition and has produced an autobiography which conveys amongst other things, the highlights of his professional career. This entertaining book is rich in narrative, full of humor, and sometimes controversial but never dull.
It is as engaging in technical matters, rich in historical matters, and insightful in professional practice. Between the amusing anecdotes is a host of instructive and informative tips. It is a must-read for valuers, planners, solicitors, estate agents, and students. It is a timely publication given the onset of the national valuation exercise set for 2005.
úIncludes lots of details on Hilary Eve’s professional life as a surveyor
úOf interest to those involved in the worlds of rating and planning
úWritten about a time when the rating was very important to clients and was also intellectually stimulating.
“Hilary gives a very interesting and well-written account of his professional life as a surveyor, from which humor is never absent for very long. As Hilary’s partner in the firm, who was involved in the same fields, I found this book most absorbing. I think it will have wide appeal, particularly among surveyors.” – Michael Hopper FRICS
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