Filling in the short form below will instantly give you a set of contact details for experienced Chartered Building Surveyors who can help you with an Expert Witness requirement (mediation, arbitration, dispute resolution, negligence investigation). You will be provided with their full contact details, all within less than a second and you will then be able to contact them directly to discuss what level of service you require. Should you wish to place an order you would deal with them directly. There is no middle man.
Filling in the short form above will instantly give you a set of contact details for experienced Chartered Building Surveyors who can help you with an Expert Witness requirement (mediation, arbitration, dispute resolution, negligence investigation). You will be provided with their full contact details, all within less than a second and you will then be able to contact them directly to discuss what level of service you require. Should you wish to place an order you would deal with them directly. There is no middle man.
What is an Expert Witness?
An Expert Witness is a Chartered Building Surveyor who has experience in all areas of property or construction disputes. Disagreements can arise where there is a difference of opinion and often a technical expert will be needed to help the parties involved reach a resolution. Sometimes the disputes will end up in Court but involvement of an Expert Witness early on will help reduce the chance of this happening and the parties involved may be able to reach a satisfactory outcome through arbitration or mediation instead.
When would it be advisable to use an Expert Witness?
There are many occasions when you may find the services of an Expert Witness useful. Below are a few examples;
Building surveying – A new bathroom has been installed that does not meet current standards and the owner wishes to claim against the installer.
For a planning authority when unauthorised alterations have taken place in a property which have not received the necessary statutory consents
Commercial property – Property portfolios, development / refurbishment of entertainment venues, offices, shops, factories and warehouses are just some examples of commercial properties. An Expert Witness can be used for a whole host of issues where technical evidence is needed for any dispute or claim. These can include capital and rental valuations, assessment of losses within estate and farm businesses, compensation claims, landlord and tenant disputes, professional negligence claims, or boundary disputes.
Compulsory land purchase orders – In England and Wales, certain bodies have the right to purchase land without the consent of the owner where the development proposed is for the benefit of the public. A Chartered Building Surveyor as an Expert Witness can work on behalf of either the purchasing authority giving strategy advice at Public Inquires and Select Committees or on behalf of the owner providing expert witness advice throughout an inquest.
Construction disputes – An Expert Witness can help building owners and legal advisors assess poor project performance and look at strategies for getting the project back on track. They can also provide technical advice and guidance for rent review appraisals and insurance evaluations.
Dilapidations – An Expert Witness can defend tenants when they disagree with the landlord about the claim being made against them. They will examine the facts and advise if the landlord's proposed works truly reflect a breach of the tenant's repairing covenant. For the landlord they can help prepare a schedule of dilapidations and dilapidations forecasts.
Planning and development – Sometimes the expansion of an existing development or a new development can raise contentious planning issues. An Expert Witness can provide evidence in support of a development for a public enquiry or an appeal, Consent Appeals for urban design and heritage evidence for Planning, Listed Building and Conservation Area Consent. Other issues an Expert Witness may become involved with are Enforcement and Call In Inquiries, CPO and Highway/Footpath Order Inquiries, Harbour Revision, Transport and Works Act.
Valuation – An Expert Witness provides initial reports giving valuations for specific purposes for example in matrimonial or partnership disputes or fixed assets. They will also represent specific interests of clients at court or negotiate on behalf of clients. They have good working knowledge of litigation and Court proceedings.
Before appointing an Expert Witness you should check your chosen supplier has satisfactory qualifications, accreditations, experience and insurance, to provide the level of service that you need. A Charted Building Surveyor who is an Expert Witness must be a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and they will have MRICS or FRICS after their name.
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