Director | Building Surveying
Dennis has a particular interest in dispute resolution being a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and undertaking numerous instructions as an expert witness.
Dennis has a significant interest in building disputes and neighbourly matters; he regularly undertakes instructions both as sole and single joint expert for contractual disputes, building defects and boundary disputes. His involvement in neighbourly matters is not confined to the Party Wall etc. Act but also encompasses dispute resolution, mediation and providing advice on development. This will often involve negotiating access agreements, scaffold/crane licences and advising on issues associated with the Access to Neighbouring Land Act. Dennis has extensive experience of the Party Wall etc. Act and has given many presentations to peers and other professionals on the subject. As well as undertaking appointments on behalf of building owners, adjoining owners and as an agreed surveyor he has issued awards when selected as the Third Surveyor.
He is an active member, and representative, of the Pyramus & Thisbe Club, an organisation for party wall professionals, currently being national chairman as well as chairman of the local Devon and Cornwall branch. He formed part of the working party that compiled and edited the 3rd edition of The Green Book, “a bible” on the Party Wall etc. Act for surveyors and practitioners.
He has undertaken the design and specification of a wide range of projects including the development of housing estates, repair and extension of secure mental institutions and a variety of work within the education sector from nurseries through primary and secondary schools to further and higher education establishments. His diversity of work has included the provision of specialist accommodation such as music seminar rooms, and design of bespoke facilities for specialist users. Dennis has experience of project managing the refurbishment of historic buildings, country houses and residential properties for high net worth individuals as well as commercial schemes such as the re-ordering and recladding of concrete framed buildings. Dennis has managed regional and national projects for clients (one particular instruction having a net fee of in excess of £1M over an 18 month delivery period).
His rugby playing days are now over, but he has an interest in cars, and will eventually, he promises his daughter, get his classic mini back on the road. Having converted a derelict barn for his home he is looking to potter around with a further outbuilding to convert into viable occupation.