News: Neil Gilbert

Time for giving

TFT Bristol’s client, Tesco, support a charity called Fareshare who work with the food industry to minimise fit-for-purpose food going to waste by sending it to organisations working with the most vulnerable people in the community.

Neil Gilbert, Bristol-based partner, supported FareShare in his year as founder president of a local Bristol Rotary club and thus has a close relationship with them as well as supporting their community projects. Recently, they planned to take a lease of a warehouse unit in Totton, Southampton, as a regional base. Tesco generously provided the agency support and their lawyers, BLP provided the lease/legal advisory services. Neil undertook the TDD survey and produced the report last month as we [TFT] agreed provided the TDD and all FoC.

TFT speaking at RICS Dilapidations Forum Conference 2017

TFT Partner Neil Gilbert will be speaking at this year’s RICS Dilapidations Forum Conference in September. Neil will review the RICS dilapidations guidance note, now in its second year, and debate whether the dilapidations process has improved and whether settlements have been achieved any quicker.

Jon Rowling, TFT’s Head of Dilapidations will also be speaking as a panel member about supersession.

The Conference itself will be chaired by TFT Partner Paul Spaven. More details can be found here.

TFT welcomes new 7th edition of the RICS Dilapidations Guidance Note

Effective from the 1st December 2016, the new 7th Edition of the RICS Dilapidations Note provides greater clarity on a number of relevant matters, many of which are already changing the dilapidations playing field. These matters include the following:

  • The roles of the surveyor: Adviser, Expert Witness and Independent Dispute Resolver.
  • What constitutes supersession and guidance on where supersession can be accepted or not. This also includes reference to another ‘hot topic’: MEES (Minimum energy efficient standards) and how these standards may affect a claim.
  • The RICS Dilapidations Dispute Resolution Scheme and how this new form of ADR can assist in resolving dilapidations disputes.
  • More guidance on diminution valuations
  • Handling of break clause situations
  • Form and content of the Quantified Demand

Please contact Neil Gilbert, Partner and Head of the TFT Dilapidations Working Group for further information about how these changes may affect your dilapidations position now and in the future at