Justin has been a Chartered Surveyor since 2002. 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.
We get 2 or 3 calls most weeks from owners whose neighbour has gone ahead with work which comes within the scope of the Party Wall Act without serving notice.They are surprised to hear that there are no penalties for such behaviour and their only remedy is to apply to the court for an injunction. Gaining an injunction seems ... Read More >>
In an ideal world the appointed surveyors would have all the information they require available and be in a position to cover all aspects of the work in detail in the award but there are situations where that is either not possible or pragmatic. We refer to these as ‘reserved matters’ i.e. a matter where some additional ... Read More >>
When a party wall award has been agreed it should be served on the owners without delay or ‘forthwith’ as the authors of the Act put it but how does that happen in practice?Until section 15 of the Act was amended by the Electronic Communications Act in 2016 all awards were generally served either by post or in person. ... Read More >>