The mention of a boundary dispute elicts dread into even the most hardened of professionals, even the Courts prefer that they were dealt with by other means, and usually means the invovlement of a surveyor.
JGA are experienced in this field and are able to offer support and technical reports following investigation and site measurement to assist in their resolution.
We are also experienced expert witnesses, providing CPR compliant reports and the ability to attend Court to give oral evidence if required.
Boundary Dispute- Edgefield Norfolk
Boundary disputes are typically acrimonious, highly charged, emotive and potentially very costly. They can also prevent the sale of a property if an owner is embroiled in a boundary disagreement with his neighbour. Such disputes can be considered as perhaps the most protracted and life affecting form of neighbour disagreement.
Mostly domestic in their nature, these types of disputes often become bitter, personal and central to the lives of those involved. An Englishman’s home most certainly is his castle, and he will go to extraordinary lengths to protect what he perceives to be his.
The exact positions of boundaries can in many instances be undefined, due to the frustrating lack of detail and recorded dimensions that would easily identify their position. JGA can objectively ‘step outside’ the dispute to evaluate by means of consideration of Land Registry and other title documentation, (eg conveyances depicting the boundary position to assess the location of a boundary) and provide reasoned, substantiated advice as to our conclusions. Historic maps and photographs as extrinsic evidence, form part of the process of boundary identification, where available.
John Goddard is a panel member of the RICS Neighbour Dispute Service (NDS) Scheme. The scheme provides an alternative to immediate litigation by an NDS surveyor appointed impartially by the RICS following a request, to then undertake a three-stage process to attempt to resolve the boundary dispute. It is a fixed cost scheme payable equally by the two parties to the dispute.
Please ask us for more details of the scheme if this is of interest.
Experts Report - Ipswich Suffolk
The duty of the expert witness is to the Court in the production and delivery of unbiased opinion, on a particular matter (or matters) and to support that opinion through the course of the litigation process, despite being remunerated by one or both of the parties.
JGA are experienced in the expert witness arena, having prepared reports for building disputes, issues of poor workmanship on a range of building types including conservatory installations, boundary disputes, party wall matters and dilapidations disputes.
Having acted as 'single appointed expert' appointed by one of the parties, or as a single joint expert (SJE) appointed by both parties (usually at the direction of a Judge) the Chartered Surveyors within JGA are experienced at investigation and report writing and attendance to Court to give oral evidence, all in accordance with the Civil Procedure Rules - CPR Part 35.
We have attended County Court and the Technology & Construction Court (High Court) to give oral evidence in cases for which we have been instructed as an expert.