Party Wall Surveyor London, Bruce Spenser MSc MCIOB, is an expert Party Wall Surveyor who practices in his local London boroughs of Hackney, Walthamstow, Haringey, Islington and throughout London.
Building Surveyor Bruce, uniquely, provides the combined Building Survey, Structural Survey and Home Survey which he has evolved as the optimum and ideal Building Survey for London properties; period, mid-war, non traditional design, new build, cavity, solid, modern methods of construction etc.
Please use the form below & provide a brief description of the Party Wall Service you require or for a Building Survey the full address & post code of the property to be surveyed, its asking price and a photo of the front elevation (estate agent’s link) for a fully comprehensive offer of professional services or email or call Bruce:
How to contest the fees of Party Wall Surveyors (ie who require checking engineers etc.):
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If a complex situation arises, for example defining a dispute with no case law history, a wrongly informed decision could cause major financial, stress and time difficulties to appointing owners. Two experienced Chartered Construction Professionals with subject degrees can be relied upon to advise and determine ethically, experientially, fairly, impartially and knowledgeably and the advice and determinations are backed up by their professional complaints procedure and their professional indemnity insurance. However if one surveyor is inadequately qualified the other surveyor can not rely upon their judgement or ability. Once a dispute arises that is not a problem as long as the third surveyor is a Chartered Construction Professional. However the problem arises when determining if a dispute has arisen and whether the surveyors have jurisdiction. In this scenario Bruce would advise Surveyors not to rely on an inadequately qualified surveyor but insist that appropriate notices are served. This is vital as the owners will be considered to have carried out due diligence and therefore will be responsible for costs and fees which arise from example court action.
A surety bond or surety is a promise by a surety or guarantor to pay one party (the obligee) a certain amount if a second party (the principal) fails to meet some obligation, such as fulfilling the terms of a contract. The surety bond protects the obligee against losses resulting from the principal’s failure to meet the obligation.’
hecking Engineer – Currently Party Wall Surveyors are appointing members of the Institute of Structural Engineers to advise them because they consider the works are too complex to understand, they are not adequately insured, they are not qualified; in other words two professionals are being used – the question then arises would one of these professionals suffice and if so why are two being used?
a surveyor appointed under section 10 of the Act has the opportunity and the right to enter upon the premises of both the building owner and the adjoining owner “for the purposes of carrying out the object for which he is appointed or selected” – it is argued that this only applies to the surveyor appointed by the person carrying out the works. It is further argued that the person carrying out the works is the Building Owner. These arguments are both incorrect
Schedule of Conditions – Each adjoining Owner’s buildings should be surveyed and a professional and thorough schedule of conditions should be produced. This ensures that there is a record of the Adjoining Owner’s properties before the works affecting the Party Walls proceed
Kay v Lawrence – security for expenses – expenses are not compensatory damages whereby the Building Owner must put an adjoining owner in a position they would have been before the damage occured but a choice to take financial compensation – If the expense is a certainty it can be managed by insurances, and surety bonds or of course by a payment into an escrow account. However if it is not certain it may not exist.
Consumer Protection from unfair trading Regulations protect consumers from traders who fail to meet standards of professional diligence, provide misleading information about themselves, utilise marketing confusion and aggressive practices (possibly the practice known as coffin chasing?)
Misrepresentation is inducing a consumer to enter into a contract by making a statement of fact (not opinion) before a contract is made. There are 3 types, Fraudulent, Negligent and Innocent and the remedies are cancelation of the contract and damages.
Negligence is failing to meet the degree of prudence and caution required of an individual who is under a duty of care (the obvious comparable benchmark is a surveyor registered within the Faculty of Architecture and Surveying of the CIOB or other Chartered Institutes)
How should a Party Wall Surveyor, go about recovering validly awarded fees which have not been paid? I would expect the MScs amongst us to reach for Dunn’s law guides, Civil Litigation, Be Civil and expend a considerable number of hours working out how best to proceed. However there is a better way – Go to Nick Isaac’s – http://www.boundariesbook.co.uk/?product=diy-guide-to-enforcing-payments-due-under-party-wall-awards – Nick also includes a pre-protocol letter which will professionally and non-antagonistically encourage the payment of fees. You can also download a pre-action protocol for debt claims which include the Information sheet and reply form and Financial statement on application to Bruce
Post Nominal Suffixes – The Privy council regulates Royal Charters for Professional Institutes who can confer Professional memberships designated by suffixes i.e. MCIOB.. These memberships are academically benchmarked to a degree/honour degree and in the case of a Fellow equate to an honour/Master degree.
Party Wall Third Surveyor Selection – Local Authority Officer If an officer of a council selects a Third Surveyor and they have no jurisdiction so to do that selection is invalid and if the two surveyors proceed they have no jurisdiction.
It is illiterate to state, “a Party Wall (or indeed any other wall) can be raised downwards”, and therefore it follows, non-sensical, absurd, counter-intuitive, irrational, un-educated and oxy-moronic which is why of course the Party Wall Act does not allow something which is not possible.
The Ben act & Case no:  EWHC 1240 (Admin)* – are there any similarities?: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2019/26/enacted/data.htm by the use of 2 Conditional hypotheses ( Section 1 and 2) attempts to fix the entire situation, in law, in the state of the parties’/party’s (Benn and his remain supporters) expectation at the time of reference as did the appealed (and set aside) Party Wall Award; Obiter “For better or worse, the award cannot, properly be made to fix the entire situation”.
he 1666 act for the re-building of London was the first Party Wall Act and determined how Party Walls and Piers should be built. It specifically required Party Wall surveyors to take an oath to carry out their duties as required by the authorities and that they be, “discreet and intelligent in the art of Building and to survey and supervise regulations and statutes and to be lawful”
Recent Judicial Review supports the need for a Learned professional institute for Party Wall Surveyors and highlights why most current institutes, clubs, learned groups and professional organisations may not be able to fulfil that role argues Bruce Spenser MSc MCIOB.
The psychology of disputes and methods of resolution and the difference between disputes, bullying and harassment
What is a Party Wall Surveyor, how to appoint them and the importance of due diligence
A Chartered Professional Party Wall Surveyor and Building Surveyor has a practice relevant degree and is a member of a Chartered institute but it doesn’t end there, indeed that is just the beginning; A professional is not only required by their Institute but should be so trained and disciplined to constantly reflect on the services they offer and to reflect and study on anything which they can not take in their stride until they can: and what better way to do this than to share these reflections via posts and blogs with fellow professionals, students and clients and potential clients via a feedback blog: