An Expert Witness is the term used to describe a professional who is a specialist in their field. Radius has a longstanding reputation of providing the epitome of excellence in its chartered valuation surveyors, who have led the field in clearly evidencing the difference in practice between the Cost of Remedial Works required to a property in dilapidations cases, and the impact those wants of repair have on the property’s value.
Remember, that in most parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland, the law serves to restrict the damages received by, or payable to, landlords in dilapidations cases to the lower of the Cost of Remedial works, or impact on the property’s value.
The term ‘expert witness’ tends to be used in litigation. Whilst precious few (less than 1%) of dilapidations cases actually end up in court – although it is often ‘threatened’ by landlords and their solicitors – not all cases can be negotiated to settlement by the chartered surveyor’s (both ‘building’ and ‘valuation’) involved. The small percentage that cannot be settled tend to go to Alternative Dispute Resolution, so that trial is very much a last resort.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the context of dilapidations tends to be by way of mediation. At Radius, we employ both Accredited Mediators and seasoned Expert Witnesses, being members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, thus qualified to the highest standard to represent you to best possible outcome.
Mediation is a non-adversarial process. A mediator can usually be arranged within a month of the parties agreeing to take that form of ADR. A mediation usually lasts a day, and each side pays half of the mediator’s fee (around £2,000 each), and any fees charged by their own representatives who they wish to attend. The mediator is thoroughly impartial and does not make any award, or judgement. Rather, the mediator’s skill is in assisting the parties to find their own negotiated settlement on the day.
Some 85% of cases do in fact settle on the day, or within a week or two following.
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Whether you require a chartered building surveyor to identify and cost repair works, or a chartered valuation surveyor to apply the ‘statutory cap’ to ensure that damages are limited to the lower of the Cost of Works or impact on the property’s value, we will lead you to the very best professional.
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