If any dispute about your property may go to court, you will probably need the support of an Expert Witness
The courts require expert evidence where it involves property related matters, most frequently valuation but also boundary disputes and defective building work.
Reports are required to be compliant with the Lord Chancellor’s Civil Procedures Rules (CPR 35) the latest amendment to which came in to force on 1st October 2011. Price Partnership prepares reports for both claimants and defendants either as single joint expert or party appointed expert. Reports must be impartial; our first duty is to court. From time to time we attend court and give evidence but on many occasions, after thorough review of the situation, we are able to provide advice which results in a settlement being negotiated between the parties.
If the matter goes to court, the court will want to know the relevant qualifications and experience of the expert so that it can weigh up their authority. There are many instances of an ‘expert’ witness being challenged and being embarrassed for a response. It is a false economy to employ an expert witness on the basis of cost.