About the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Monk & Partners are independent chartered surveyors, providing professional valuation and survey advice on all matters relating to commercial and residential properties in Devon and Cornwall.

Monk and Partners are proud to be part of the global professional body promoting and enforcing the highest international standards in the valuation, management and development of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.

Being part of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is much more than an accreditation it is an adherence to values and its culture to and foundation to commitment to corporate responsibility, which we refer to with the maxim ‘responsible business, responsible employer’.

As a member firm we adher to five principle ethical standards principally to oversee members act with INTEGRITY, HIGH SERVICE STANDARDS, TRUST, RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY. 

A History of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

The Surveyors Club was formed as far back as 1792. However, the foundations of the current organisation started to properly take shape when 20 surveyors met at the Westminster Palace Hotel.

Under the chairmanship of John Clutton, they appointed a sub-committee to draw up resolutions, bye-laws and regulations. This was done in order to establish a professional association to represent surveyors and the growing property profession.

The Institution of Surveyors

This group, which had expanded to 49 members by 1868, met again at the Westminster Palace Hotel on 15 June 1868 to approve the resolutions and elect the first Council. John Clutton was elected the first president of the Institution of Surveyors. Offices were then leased at 12 Great George Street, which we still use as our headquarters today.

The requirement for such an organisation was driven by the rapid development and expansion of the industrialised world; as infrastructure, housing and transport links grew, so did the need for more stringent checks and balances.

Safeguarding the future

For more than 140 years, our professionals have worked to ensure that, while unlocking the inherent value held within the world’s physical assets and developing its potential, we don’t spoil the planet for future generations.

Even in parts of the world where the term ‘chartered surveyor’ means very little, the high standards of our professionals speak volumes. They are viewed by major financial institutions and world governments as the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to professional regulation in the property sector.


David Monk BSc (HONS) MRICS


Principal responsibility for providing professional advice to Banks, Housing Associations, private and corporate clients for valuations, landlord and tenant issues, loan security valuations and surveys of commercial and residential properties together with development appraisals. David has over 30 years of property experience.

Why choose Monk and Partners?

Please pass my thank you onto the surveyor too as I know he has gone above and beyond to help me. It is truly appreciated!’ from Mr M. 

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