Best Practices of a Landman
The following is a list of landmen's best practices regarding the relationship between landowners and landmen.
The American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) developed these guidelines as part of its mission to bind AAPL members to ethical, respectable and appropriate behavior when dealing with landowners.
What should I expect from my landman?
- Be informed regarding laws, proposed legislation, governmental regulations, public policies and current market conditions in his area of represented expertise in order to be in a position to advise his employer or client properly.
- Protect the members of the public with whom he deals against fraud, misrepresentation and unethical practices.
- Eliminate any practices which could be damaging to the public or bring discredit to the petroleum mining or environmental industries.
- In accepting employment, the land professional pledges himself to protect and promote the interests of his employer or client. This obligation of absolute fidelity to the employer's or client's interest is primary, but it does not relieve the land professional of his obligation to treat fairly all parties to any transaction or act in an ethical manner.
- Not deny equal professional services to any person for reasons of race, creed, sex or country of national origin nor be a party to any plan or agreement to discriminate against a person or persons on the basis of race, creed, sex or country of national origin.
- Provide a level of competent service in keeping with the standards of practice in those fields in which a land professional customarily engages.
- Not represent himself to be skilled in nor shall he engage in professional areas in which he is not qualified, such as the practice of law, geology, engineering or other disciplines.
- Not undertake to provide professional services concerning a property or a transaction where he has a present or contemplated interest, unless such interest is specifically disclosed to all affected parties.
- Place all pertinent facts before the proper authority of the American Association of Professional Landmen if charged with unethical practice or is asked to present evidence in any disciplinary proceeding or investigation, or has direct knowledge of apparent unethical misconduct of another member.
- Assure that monies coming into his possession in trust for other persons, such as escrows, advances for expenses, fee advances and other like items, are properly accounted for and administered in a manner approved by the employer or client.
- At all times present an accurate representation in his advertising and disclosures to the public.
- Not aid or abet the unauthorized use of the title "Certified Professional Landman," "Registered Professional Landman," “Registered Landman, "P.Land" and "CPL/ESA."
Please visit AAPL's website for access to the association's full bylaws which includes the Code of Ethics as well as the Standards of Practice.
- Not participate in conduct which causes him to be convicted, adjudged or otherwise recorded as guilty by any court of competent jurisdiction of any felony, any offense involving fraud as an essential element or any other serious crime.