Disputes are common, and expert representation is essential. As experienced surveyors, the advice we provide is credible and clear, covering a variety of matters.
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Our Dilapidation Process
Our dilapidation framework has been developed through an evidence-based approach. Our process allows for the identification of value-adding opportunities which we then build a bespoke strategy around.
We recognise that there is financial value in the speed of resolution, therefore timings are key in the formulation of every one of our dilapidation strategies.
Managed by leading RICS dilapidation specialists we continually review our practices with our legal partners alongside our dedicated Dilapidations Manager who proactively manages every job.
Our Project Process
Our Project framework has been developed through collaboration with our partners and clients, applying a value-centric process.
Unsure how to get the right result? We have it covered. Managed by experienced project managers we work hard to get you the result needed to meet budget time and quality.
Expert Witnesses are normally appointed after proceedings have been issued, but not always. Expert Witnesses are appointed when it is expected that there will be a court hearing and both written and oral evidence will have to be presented, ultimately, to the Court. Expert Witnesses are appointed by the parties in order to assist the Court in understanding technical issues, enabling a fair judgement.
Vantage agree with The Right Hon the Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury; that it is important for the integrity of the civil justice system that anybody, above all professionals, who take on the role of Expert Witness has a clear understanding of the duties involved, and that they perform their obligations to the court or tribunal concerned to the best of their ability. It is crucial for any judicial process which includes expert evidence that the Expert Witnesses are honest, objective and fair, so that their expertise can properly and helpfully inform, support and enhance the decision-makers decision and the process by which that decision is reached – i.e. so that justice can be done and can be seen to be done.
As a surveyor actively involved in a dispute, we adhere to guidance including the RICS Surveyors acting as Expert Witnesses 4th edition, amended August 2020. We act in an independent and unbiased manner only taking on roles where we have the relevant expertise, experience and knowledge. We state the main facts and assumptions based on material facts and do not stray from the duties of an Expert Witness by acting in a partial, misleading or untruthful manner.
Vantage is able to act as an Expert Witness, both as Party-Appointed Expert (appointed by one party in a dispute) and Single Joint Expert (appointed by agreement of both or more parties in a dispute).
To help facilitate settlement before attending Court, the parties' experts often meet and attempt to narrow issues and document an agreement in a joint statement. Frequently, after this stage, if successful, disputes can be settled by agreement between the parties. Vantage is used to working with solicitors and barristers and accepts instructions from both claimants and defendants.
As professionals, the Expert Witness team at Vantage are all experienced Chartered Surveyors with numerous years of experience but we do not stop there.
Staff with an interest in expert work are trained with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, CIArb, which offer a range of education and vocational staff training courses and qualifications.
We believe like the CIArb's range of world-respected qualifications and training; links perfectly to Vantage’s commitment to excellence and ongoing training. Our team read the latest standards and guidelines from the RICS and CIArb to ensure we think as the leading practitioners do. We acknowledge learning never stops as an expert witness.