In this week’s episode of Bricks & Mortar, EG’s Sarah Jackman is joined (virtually) by Jen Lemen – co-founder of Property Elite – for a look at how APC candidates should proceed in the current climate.

With the RICS having temporarily moved its assessments online, there are positives to be drawn, including, says Lemen “the ability for candidates to control their assessment in terms of external variables. Things like the stress of being in an assessment centre; travelling and potentially needing to stay overnight; being able to manage nerves better and being in a familiar environment might give a lot of candidates a confidence boost.”

But what happens if a candidate doesn’t have good internet connectivity or a good home working environment in which to take the exam remotely? Lemen talks through the options for deferral, as well as giving advice to those who have been furloughed or made redundant part way through the process. She rounds off with her top tips for anyone currently preparing for APC assessment, including keeping in touch with established support networks, forming a remote study group and planning the all important outfit.


The court process can be bewildering, costly and adversarial, but it can also provide closure and legal precedent. But where do claims start and how can claimants expect them to progress?

To answer these, and other questions on the basics of the court process, EG's professional & legal editor, Sarah Jackman is joined by Paul Tonkin, a partner in the real estate disputes team at Hogan Lovells.

He discusses the tiers of court operating in England, which court is suited to which type of claim, the timeframes involved in litigating and the governing legislation.


Olly Roberts’s final year as a BSc Real Estate student at Reading University changed quite substantially with the announcement of the nationwide lockdown. His campus closed, teaching moved online and a new method of final assessment was adopted.

Here he joins EG’s professional & legal editor Sarah Jackman to discuss how he’s adapting to those changes and whether the current situation will have a bearing on taking up his new job in the industry in September.

The effect of the coronavirus outbreak on GCSE and A-level examinations has been well documented, but how is Covid-19 affecting undergraduate and post-graduate real estate courses?

Paul Collins – a senior lecturer in the school of architecture, design and the built environment at Nottingham Trent University – joins EG’s professional & legal editor, Sarah Jackman, to discuss how they’re currently delivering their teaching, how students are adapting, what the likely effect will be on 2020 and 2021 admissions and whether those that have a scheduled year-out in industry in 2020 are still planning to go ahead.

This week's episode of Bricks & Mortar sees Sarah Jackman joined by Max Middlebrook - a first year student at Nottingham Trent University studying for a BSc in Property Development and Planning.

Tune in to find out what piqued Max's interest in a career in property, how he's finding life as a real estate undergraduate, and what his aspirations are for his future career.

As part of that conversation, he reflects on the challenges facing the industry, what he hopes his generation can bring to it, as well as giving advice to all those thinking of a career in it.

This week’s episode of Bricks & Mortar sees Sarah Jackman joined in the EG studio by her colleague on the legal & professional desk: Jess Harrold. Amongst his many skills, Jess is a seasoned court reporter, having spent numerous years covering the courts for both the EG and other news organisations.

He lifts the lid on how best to approach a judgment, where its key information is contained and how, with a bit of practice, you can make light work of getting to grips with a lengthy report. Jess guides listeners through the process by making reference to a case currently under appeal: Fearn v The Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery [2019] EWHC 246 (Ch). To reference it while listening, download a copy at:

The need for strong presentation skills isn't just confined to formal presentations, but to a range of scenarios. Telephone calls, emails and internal meetings, for example, all require them in order to make a positive and lasting impression.

Its important to hone these skills early in your career, according to Alice Dockar - a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills who is also the firm's training principal. She talks to Sarah Jackman about the need to prepare, to know how to sell yourself and to build internal and external networks. 

Colliers' 2020 graduate recruitment process sees non-cognate applicants included for the first time, in a move that it hopes will broaden its talent pool and help to increase diversity in the sector. 

To discuss the change, Sarah Jackman is joined by Colliers HR director Lydia Ings, who reflects on the firm's efforts to raise awareness of property as a career amongst school pupils and non-cognate graduates and what the expectations are for those applying to any of their schemes, as well as providing advice on how applicants – cognate or otherwise – can set themselves apart.



Shirley Waldron, surveyor at Delva Patman Redler LLP started her career as an architect, before developing a career in party wall surveying. In this latest episode of Bricks & Mortar, she reflects on how she made the change and her career highlight to date: acting as party wall surveyor for the Crossrail project. 

She tells Sarah Jackman what it's like to work on a major infrastructure project, what she learned during that time and how there is huge satisfaction to be derived from completing a qualification. She urges "anyone who is thinking of getting into the construction industry to learn a discipline and see it through ... so that you can hold your head up with your peers."

Charles Jones has opted for a unique career path and expects to become dual qualified with both the RICS and RTPI in May 2020. He admits that “it has been a challenge and I have had to invest in myself”, but sees no reason “why you have to choose. Why can’t you do both at the same time. Surely that would add more value to you as a professional and as an individual.”

In this episode of Bricks & Mortar he talks to Sarah Jackman about what made him pursue both qualifications, the knowledge he’s acquired along the way, how that applies in a professional context and the practical steps he’s taken to support him on that journey. He offers advice to those thinking about their pathway choices and gives his thoughts on how best to develop a career in the industry.

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