Property Development Alliance – Code of conduct

Version: Issue 1.0 Date revised: 03/11/2016 Date published: 10/11/16

The Property Development Alliance (“PDA, “we, “us, “our“, “the alliance“) is a friendly members’ organisation giving practical and realistic guidance to property developers, investors, land-owners and lenders.

Our code of conduct (“code”) sets out the professional standards we require as a condition of membership of the PDA. These comprise a few simple rules that ensure we all collectively and individually strive to act in each others’ best interests at all times, within the context of PDA activities and the property development industry (“the industry“).

Our code:

  • applies to all members, irrespective of their membership level, the role they fulfil, or the jurisdiction where they are employed or discharge their contractual obligations.
  • governs the conduct of the individual, not the nature of the business or ethics of any relevant authority*.

Members are expected to exercise their own judgement (which should be made in such a way as to be reasonably justified) to meet the requirements of the code and seek advice if in doubt.

Section 2 of our code gives some examples of interpretation of the tenets of professional conduct and form part of this code of conduct, section 3 covers breaches to our code.


Section 1: Our code

As members of PDA, we will collectively and individually strive to act in each others’ best interests at all times, within the context of PDA activities and the property development industry. Specifically:

Professional competence and integrity

As members of PDA, we will:

  1. NOT take advantage of others’ lack of knowledge or experience to offer unnecessary or inappropriate goods and services.
  2. only undertake to do work or provide a service that is within our professional competence.
  3. NOT claim any level of competence that we do not possess.
  4. develop our professional knowledge, skills and competence on a continuing basis, maintaining awareness of technological developments, procedures, and standards that are relevant to our field.
  5. ensure that we have the knowledge and understanding of legislation* and that we comply with such Legislation, in carrying out our professional responsibilities.
  6. respect and value alternative viewpoints and, seek, accept and offer honest criticisms of work.
  7. avoid injuring others, their property, reputation, or employment by false or malicious or negligent action or inaction.
  8. reject and will not make any offer of bribery or unethical inducement.


Duty to the Property Development Alliance and the property development industry

As members of PDA, we will:

  1. uphold the reputation and good standing of the Property Development Alliance.
  2. act with integrity and respect in our professional relationships with all members of PDA and with members of other professions with whom we work in a professional capacity.
  3. encourage and support fellow members in their professional development
  4. accept our personal duty to uphold the reputation of the industry and not take any action which could bring the industry into disrepute.
  5. seek to improve professional standards within the industry through participation in their development, use and enforcement.
  6. notify PDA if convicted of a criminal offence or upon becoming bankrupt or disqualified as a Company Director and in each case give details of the relevant jurisdiction.


Duty to Relevant Authority

As members of PDA, we will:

  1. carry out our professional responsibilities with due care and diligence in accordance with the Relevant Authority’s requirements whilst exercising our professional judgement at all times.
  2. seek to avoid any situation that may give rise to a conflict of interest between us and our Relevant Authority.
  3. accept professional responsibility for our work and for the work of colleagues who are defined in a given context as working under our supervision.
  4. NOT disclose or authorise to be disclosed, or use for personal gain or to benefit a third party*, confidential information except with the permission of our Relevant Authority, or as required by Legislation
  5. NOT misrepresent or withhold information on the performance of products, systems or services (unless lawfully bound by a duty of confidentiality not to disclose such information), or take advantage of the lack of relevant knowledge or inexperience of others.

Public Interest

As members of PDA, we will:

  1. have due regard for public health, privacy, security and wellbeing of others and the environment.
  2. have due regard for the legitimate rights of Third Parties*.
  3. conduct our professional activities without discrimination on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation, marital status, nationality, colour, race, ethnic origin, religion, age or disability, or of any other condition or requirement
  4. promote the application of industry best-practice to all sectors in society wherever opportunities arise.

* Definitions:

Relevant Authority – The term “Relevant Authority” in this document is used to identify the person(s) or organisation(s) which has / have authority over the activity of individuals in their professional capacity. For PDA members this could include an employer, client, or for student members, an academic institution, or any other relevant stakeholder.

Legislation – The term “Legislation” means any applicable laws, statutes and regulations.

Third Party or parties – The term ‘third party’ or ‘third parties’ includes any person or organisation that might be affected by our activities in our professional capacity, irrespective of whether they are directly aware or involved in those activities.


Section 2: Interpretation of our PDA code of conduct

The explanatory notes below are offered for guidance only.

They apply to us collectively and individually as members of the PDA.

The examples are not, and not intended to be, exhaustive.


If you are in a leadership position and especially if you hold an executive position you are expected to:

  • encourage and facilitate colleagues to develop as professionals.
  • seek to ensure that no one is penalised for raising areas of concern or conflicts of interest.
  • encourage colleagues to follow this code of conduct.

Professional Competence and Integrity

All members are encouraged to undertake professional development activities as a condition of membership. Continuing professional development activities should broaden our knowledge of the property development industry and maintain our competence in our area of specialism.

We should seek out and observe good practice exemplified by rules, standards, conventions or protocols that are relevant in our area of specialism

We should only claim current competence where we can demonstrate we have the required expertise e.g. through recognised competencies, qualifications or experience.

Legislation that may apply in carrying out our professional responsibilities might include that applicable to:

  • our Relevant Authority,
  • the geographic area in which we are carrying out our professional responsibilities,
  • the geographic area in which our responsibilities will be discharged.

We may need to seek guidance from our Relevant Authority.

Where we are leading a first of kind project we will ensure that we make use of peer review and support where appropriate.


Duty to the Property Development Alliance and the property development industry

As a member of PDA we have a responsibility to:

  • share knowledge and understanding of the industry and promote the application of industry best practice to every sector of society.
  • encourage and support fellow members in their professional development.

In circumstances where a member is also a member of another professional body the clauses of any other applicable code of conduct cannot be employed to diminish or negate the clauses of our PDA code of conduct.

We will not make any statement on behalf of PDA or purport to represent PDA through any public medium, including digital social media, unless authorised to do so by PDA.


Duty to Relevant Authority

Exercising of our professional judgement:

Where there is conflict between full and committed compliance with the Relevant Authority’s instructions and the independent and considered exercise of our professional judgement, we will indicate the likely risks and consequences.

If any conflict is likely to occur or be seen by a third party as likely to occur we will make full and immediate disclosure to our Relevant Authority

If for any reason we are unable to complete any assigned tasks in accordance with their requirements (e.g. on time or within budget) we will advise the Relevant Authority as soon as practicable

Public Interest

Acting in the public interest may be governed by Legislation.

Legitimate rights of third parties include protecting personal identifiable data to prevent unlawful disclosure and identity theft, and also respect for copyright, patents and other intellectual property.


Section 3: Breaches of the code of conduct

If a member of PDA should know of, or become aware of, any breach of this code of conduct by another member they are under an obligation to notify PDA.

Breaches of the code of conduct may also be brought to the attention of PDA by others who are not members of PDA.

Any breach of the code of conduct brought to the attention of PDA, or of which PDA becomes aware, will be considered under the association’s disciplinary procedures.

Where PDA receives information that a member has been convicted of a criminal offence, the member, when asked will provide a Standard Disclosure Certificate or certificate of conviction or other similar notice providing evidence of their criminal record (if any) within 28 days. Note that not all convictions are seen as relevant to membership in PDA and each case will be considered individually.

Correspondence in connection with this code of conduct should be directed to the customer service team at the following email address:

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