Expert Witness Services
An Expert Witness can be anyone with knowledge of or experience in a particular field which provides information and knowledge to assist a court in a matter which is outside the usual knowledge of the court.
In the event that a building dispute, party wall matter or other issue pertaining to property is taken to Court, an expert witness may be required to provide an impartial inspection and analysis of the disputed subject, to aid the Court in making an appropriate ruling.
What does a Surveyor do when acting as an Expert Witness?
A surveyor will carry out a visit to the property at the centre of the dispute and collect all the information we can find about the matter. These findings, relating to both sides of the issue, are compiled into a report that follows the requirements of Practice Direction 35, carefully detailing their opinion and making clear any issues that fall outside of our expertise, or where there has been insufficient information to make a judgement.
There is usually no requirement for a surveyor to appear in Court, however in especially complex cases it may be necessary for a cross-examination.
With litigation on the rise it is imperative that property professionals are able to provide in depth advice on contentious valuation and legal matters. Samuels Surveyors have years of valuable experience across all aspects of the Residential Property Market which enable them to provide expert advice.
This knowledge, combined with an understanding of the requirements when acting as an expert witness, provide for a thorough appraisal of any situation of which the firm has experience.
Can a Surveyor help me to win my case?
It is expected that the professional information provided to the judge will assist in their ruling. However, we are obliged to give a full and unbiased opinion of the matter and cannot leave relevant information undisclosed for the benefit of either party.