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Justin Burns

Justin Burns


Justin is a Chartered Surveyor and has been the owner of Peter Barry Surveyors since 2000. He started his working life as an apprentice carpenter and went on to own and manage a successful building company in his twenties before returning to university to complete a degree in Building Surveying. He lives in North Essex with his wife Caroline and 2 children and writes about surveying issues for the Peter Barry blog . When not in the office Justin spends his time battling with the kids over the remote control and trying to play his guitar like Nic Jones.

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Party Wall Procedures – Alternatives to Injunctions

I have previously written about the option of an adjoining owner applying for an injunction where their neighbour has commenced work covered by the Party Wall Act without serving notice. However, the costs of obtaining an injunction can be significant, may not be recoverable in full and such would only be justified where there ... Read More >>

Why You Can’t Say “You’re Fired!” to a Party Wall Surveyor

Imagine having a job from which you cannot be dismissed - that must be the dream of many people. Well, that is exactly the position that appointed party wall surveyors find themselves in. Section 10(2) of the Act confirms that 'All appointments and selections made under this section shall be in writing and shall not be ... Read More >>

Repairing or Removing Shared Chimney Stacks

We looked at typical defects to chimney stacks on the blog a few years ago so today I wanted to cover a related topic – what the legal responsibilities of the owners are when it is a shared chimney stack that has been affected. Chimneys tend to be more exposed to the weather than other parts of a property and therefore ... Read More >>

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