The Surveyors' Expert Witness Handbook
By Martin Farr
Estates Gazette – 2005 – 232 pages
This book is an invaluable guide for those providing expert evidence on valuations of commercial properties – including civil actions, rent review arbitrations, lands tribunal cases and rating appeals.
The object of the book is to provide the commercial property valuer with a detailed introduction to providing expert evidence in a litigation context, the rules, requirements and the pitfalls for the unwary. Particular trouble has been taken to emphasise the need for quality evidence based on relevant experience which is objective, unbiased, independent, and of sufficient quality to resist challenges before the courts, tribunals and arbitrators.
This handbook will help the practitioner start off on the right course and provide forewarning of the issues which he or she is likely to face, leading to greater professional awareness and to higher standards of valuation expert evidence in all commercial property fields.
1. Background 2. General Principles 3. Court Rules and Codes of Practice 4. Civil Evidence Act 1995 5. Prior to the Appointment 6. On being appointed 7. Proceeding with the Appointment 8. Meetings and Conferences 9. Mediation 10. The Expert's Report 11. The Trial or Hearing 12. The Single Joint Expert 13. The Liability of an Expert Witness (Immunity) 14. Privilege 15. Arbitration and Independent Expert 16. The Lands Tribunal 17. Valuation Tribunals 18. The Future
Martin Farr is a professional Chartered Surveyor, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators