From defending claims to providing expert professional advice, we offer a market-leading legal service to surveyors and property consultants.
Our highly experienced and knowledgeable lawyers advise on all aspects of the surveying profession. We act for insurers and surveyors and serve on the panels of many of the largest surveying practices.
On the contentious side, we frequently defend claims against surveyors. These can arise from valuations, surveys, project monitoring, cost estimating, LPA receiverships, party-wall determinations, property management, rent reviews, asbestos surveys and enfranchisement. We're experienced in residential and commercial property disputes and all forms of resolution, including litigation, adjudication and arbitration.
On the non-contentious side, we provide focused and practical advice when surveyors and their insurers need legal input. We understand the commercial issues you face and regularly advise the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Examples of work
Titan Europe 2006-3 plc v Colliers International UK plc (in liquidation) - we successfully defended a claim against Colliers for €68m relating to the valuation of a substantial mixed-use property in the Court of Appeal.
K/S Lincoln and others v CB Richard Ellis Hotels Ltd - we successfully defended a £5m negligence claim relating to the valuation of four hotels. This claim is regularly cited as the leading authority on the margin of error principle.
Harrison v Technical Sign Co Ltd & Ors - we overturned a finding against Cluttons in the Court of Appeal in a claim arising from an alleged duty to advise on the dangerous condition of a fascia of a shop. This claim is significant in providing guidance about the scope of a surveyor's duties.
Freehold Managers (Nominees) Limited v Countrywide Residential Lettings Limited - we successfully defended Countrywide against a claim relating to its alleged failure to serve demands for service charges. The case has significant implications for any surveyors involved in property management charges.
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