TFT has been appointed onto the M&G Building Surveying Term Consultancy Agreement. The national framework will extend over three and a half years and will cover core Building Surveying roles, including: Project Management; Technical Due Diligence; Development Monitoring; Dilapidations and Neighbourly Matters. It will also entail Mechanical and Electrical Services, Employers Agent and Cost Consultancy.
Alan Pemberton, Managing Partner, Tuffin Ferraby Taylor, said:
M&G is now a slightly different business to how they were when we lasted worked for them. Today there is a major emphasis on investing in large, high quality assets across the UK and Europe. Naturally we are delighted to have been instructed by such an internationally important investor. We expect to be very busy indeed.
The future of dilapidations? It’s here already.
The recent Dilapidations Forum Conference looked ahead to the dilapidations landscape in 2027. TFT Partner Paul Spaven and Chairman of the RICS Dilapidations Forum Steering Group summarises the issues in the December 2017/January 2018 issue of RICS Building Surveying Journal.
TFT’s paper on dilapidations ADR identifies the options available in the UK
An article by Jon Rowling, who heads TFT’s dilapidations, service charge and dispute resolutions services, identifies alternative forms of dispute resolution for dilapidations disputes in the United Kingdom. Published in the Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation Volume 6 Number 2, it suggests that the various forms of ADR should always be considered as a preferable approach to litigation.
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 targets dilapidations and disputes business, and appoints Jon Rowling
TFT has announced the launch of its new dispute resolution service led by industry authority Jon Rowling, who will also head up the firm’s dilapidations and service charge business.
Jon Rowling joins TFT as Technical Partner on the 1st August. For the past seven years he has been the Founding Director of Goodrow Building Consultancy Ltd (Goodrow), the specialist provider of dilapidations dispute resolution and litigation support. He was lead author of the 2016 RICS Guidance Note ‘Dilapidations in England and Wales, 7th edition’, of the RICS Consumer Guide to Dilapidations, and of the RICS Dilapidations Resolution Scheme. Jon is a course tutor for RICS in dilapidations and dilapidations dispute resolution. Prior to establishing Goodrow he spent two years as Partner with Malcolm Hollis LLP, and was previously a Partner at Watts Group Ltd.
Jon is former Chair of the RICS Dilapidations Forum Steering Group, a position now held by TFT’s Paul Spaven.
TFT has ambitious goals to develop the business over the next five years and dispute resolution and dilapidations are an important part of the strategy to achieve them. Our clients are navigating a wide range of ever more complex property issues and Jon’s appointment, together with the new service line launch reflects our commitment to meeting their needs.
MEES: A Changing Dilapidations Landscape
The implications for the commercial sector are wide reaching and pose some interesting questions about how landlord and tenant matters should be approached in the lead up to, and after 2018.
TFT shares its knowledge at the recent London CPD seminar
TFT’s London office recently hosted an extensive CPD seminar providing an update on a range of topics. An introduction to the new RICS Guidance Note for Dilapidations was covered, as well as a reminder about the mandatory RICS requirement for Ethics and Professional Standards. The uncertainty over the Principal Designer role was clarified and a timely recap about the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard was provided. Some common building defects in 1960’s structures were defined and the broad-ranging session ended with an animated session on body language and its role in negotiations. The topics were presented by senior TFT personnel who shared their insights with the delegates.
TFT can provide CPD training on a range of subjects, either as in-house sessions or at a range of locations throughout the UK. Contact Ashley Morris at email@example.com to discuss your requirements.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Riverside Park Limited v NHS Property Services Limited
New guidance on whether internal partitions and other tenant works are chattels or fixtures; a cautionary tale for tenant lease breaks.