Mike Lea – Member of the Academy of Expert Witnesses & The Society of Expert Witnesses, Carrying out L&T sec 11 work and cavity wall failure reports.

Disagreement and dispute often arises as a result of inadequate instructions, poor administration and difference of interpretation:

Disputes are costly; prevention is better than cure. Expert advice from a Chartered Building Surveyor can avoid or minimize the risk of potential disputes.

Where a dispute has arisen in respect of recently constructed buildings, surveys by others, or dilapidations, a Chartered Building Surveyor is the ideal choice as expert witness or Arbitrator.

We investigate, analyse and advise to meet our clients’ needs acting for The Court, Solicitors’, Companies’ or individuals’. We offer comprehensive and detailed reports to include:

  • Defect analysis to all types of building
  • Dilapidations/Scott Schedules
  • Contract Administration Disputes
  • Quality of Work and Costs
  • Assess Surveys/Reports undertaken by other surveyors
  • Boundary and Party Wall Matters (Party Wall Pyramus & Thisbe Club Member – UK organisation for specialists)
  • Landlord and Tenant (Professional member of Leasehold Valuation Tribunal)
  • Health & Safety
  • Planning Matters
  • Insolvency
  • Mediation as Mediator or Expert

Our reports comply with:

The requirements of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as set down in the ‘Surveyors Acting as Expert Witnesses; Practice Statement and Guidance Note.
Part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR35) and it’s associated Practice Direction (PD35)
Protocol for the Instruction of Experts to give evidence in civil claims drafted by the Civil Justice Council

When comparing quotes you should bear in mind that Courts on various occasions have rejected expert evidence because it fails to meet the standards required; in particular the questions which have to be determined are whether:

The person has relevant expertise; and
He or she is aware of their primary duty to the court
We have the relevant expertise and know our duty as an expert witness is to the court. The report would include all matters relevant to the issues on which our expert evidence is given and undertaken by senior, very experienced Chartered Building Surveyors only.

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