Matrimonial, Litigation and Expert Witness
We act, provide reports, and give evidence in Court as an Expert Witness – Partly Appointed Expert (PAE) or Single Joint Expert (SJE) – in compliance with Part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 (CPR35) and its associated Practice Direction (PD35).
As an Expert Witness our overriding duty is always to the Court and we always comply with the:
- RICS Practice Statement And Guidance Notes For Surveyors Acting As Expert Witnesses.
- Civil Justice Council’s Protocol For Experts.
- President of the Family Division’s Best Practice Guide For Instructing A Single Joint Expert (SJE).
- And the Code Of Practice For Experts.
We also act and provide reports as Expert Advisers to Parties in a dispute, or to Parties contemplating litigation. In this instance our overriding duty is to our Client (not the Court) as Expert Advisers are not covered by the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR).
We have a vast database of property transactions that go back several years and this enables us to provide backdated valuations when required.
Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
Local Authorities, Statutory Undertakers or other public bodies can compulsorily acquire an interest in property using powers of compulsory acquisition.
We are experienced in acting for leaseholders or freeholders especially in blocks of flats that have been earmarked for demolition and re-development by a Local Authority.
Our valuation report will give the value of the interest in property being acquired. You are entitled to receive compensation for the loss of this interest. We also calculate any compensation for severance or injurious affection you may be entitled to.
We advise on the compensation you are entitled to receive for disturbance or other losses or costs you are forced to incur as a result of the compulsory acquisition.
Our fixed fee for providing you with a valuation report for Compulsory Purchase and Compensation purposes is in the region of £1,000 plus VAT. Our fee for undertaking the negotiations on your behalf with the Acquiring Authority and for dealing with the Tribunal aspects is at our charging rate of £200 plus VAT per hour. The Acquiring Authority is responsible for reimbursing your surveyor’s fees that have been reasonably incurred. We would therefore liaise with the Acquiring Authority regarding the reimbursement of our fees. Any dispute regarding our fee may be referred to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) just like any other disputed item of claim.