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Hart v Large: Important guidance for surveyors when advising prospective purchasers

Published on 02 July 2020. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner and Lucy Cadwallader, Associate

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The judgment in Hart v Large provides important guidance on the scope of a surveyor's duty when advising prospective purchasers. It also highlights that the courts may be willing to depart from the usual measures of loss, in order to achieve what they consider to be a fair outcome.

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The curse of COVID strikes again – implementation of the Home Survey Standard delayed

Published on 12 June 2020. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner and Lucy Cadwallader, Associate

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As a result of the lockdown imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new RICS Home Survey Standard, which was due to be implemented next month has now been delayed until December 2020. Whilst this will allow practitioners more time to become familiar with the new standard, it causes an unwelcome disruption to the introduction of a measure that should provide greater clarity for both surveyors and consumers of what is expected when commissioning and conducting a home survey.

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Top 10 for the 10s Claims against surveyors and valuers

Published on 20 May 2020. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner and Felicity Strong, Senior Associate

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The 2010s started with an influx of valuation claims, primarily involving lenders seeking to recoup losses suffered as a result of the financial crisis, loans being made to sub-prime borrowers and the declining property market.

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RICS Guidance and Key Developments for Surveyors: #2 Coronavirus, valuations and "material uncertainty"

Published on 12 May 2020. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner and Felicity Strong, Senior Associate

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The recent lockdown has posed a serious challenge to the UK housing market, with the present and future potential impact of COVID-19 on the market inviting comparisons to the post-2008 recession.

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RICS Guidance and Key Developments for Surveyors: #1 Changes to the RICS Minimum Terms

Published on 27 April 2020. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner and Katharine Cusack, Senior Associate

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In this series of articles, we will be addressing a number of the key risks and challenges that face surveyors and valuers in the current climate.

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COVID-19: Trials - the show must go on

Published on 09 April 2020. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner

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Judges are taking to heart the HMCTS's guidance focused on encouraging judges to maximise the use of video and telephone hearings using current technology. So, while the theatres in the UK remain closed, the theatres of justice continue with their activities.

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COVID-19: Trials - the show must go on

Published on 09 April 2020. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner

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Judges are taking to heart the HMCTS's guidance focused on encouraging judges to maximise the use of video and telephone hearings using current technology. So, while the theatres in the UK remain closed, the theatres of justice continue with their activities.

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A valuer does not owe a duty of care to the directors of a borrower

Published on 02 May 2018. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner and Felicity Strong, Senior Associate

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The High Court has held that a valuer who prepares a valuation for a lender does not owe a duty of care to the directors of the borrower who claim they have suffered loss as a result of relying on that valuation.

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Between a rock and a hard place

Published on 13 March 2017. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner

Difficulties for lenders arising out of limitation

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CFAs continue for insolvent companies

Published on 30 April 2015. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner

In April 2013, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) came into force, making the success fee applied to a Conditional Fee Arrangement (CFA), and the After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums, irrecoverable by a successful party to litigation proceedings.

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Part 36 – Make your offers early

Published on 06 March 2015. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner

A recent judgment has highlighted the importance of early timing in the making of Part 36 offers.

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"Time's up" – limitation for a claim against a valuer

Published on 17 November 2014. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner

In a decision handed down last week, the court has provided further guidance on the limitation position for claims against surveyors.

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RICS UK Valuation Commission Report

Published on 24 January 2014. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner

Today sees the launch of the RICS UK Valuation Commission Report.

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Now do as you are told!

Published on 17 January 2014. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner

In the case of Thavatheva Thevarajah -v- John Riordan and Others, the Court of Appeal has once again made clear that, if you fail to follow directions for a claim, you will be penalised.

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Mediate or be damned

Published on 24 October 2013. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner

In a landmark decision released yesterday, the Court of Appeal has upheld the decision to deprive a Defendant of part of its costs, for failing to respond to repeated requests to mediate, even though it made a Part 36 offer which the Claimant failed to accept until just before trial.

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Size does matter – risk of potential claims against estate agents

Published on 17 April 2013. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner

A recent Financial Times article has highlighted a potential risk area for estate agents.

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Engineer held liable for losses caused by the fall in property values

Published on 06 February 2013. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner

An engineer may be liable to his client for losses caused by a fall in property values. So held the Court of Appeal in the case of John Grimes Partnership Ltd v Gubbins.

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The dangers of being helpful with evidence…

Published on 18 January 2013. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner

Developers' fraud proceedings against Chartered Surveyors struck out as "unjust harassment"

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