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Training Course

Party wall surveying has long been the preserve of chartered surveyors, engineers and architects and surrounded in mystique. Our aim is to make it accessible as a career choice to anyone with a sound background in construction or the ability to demonstrate appropriate transferable skills.

On completion of one of our intensive courses you will be in a position to set up your own party wall surveying practice or run one alongside an existing business.

The amount party wall surveyors charge reflects the specialist knowledge they possess. The hourly rate varies throughout the country but is commonly £85 to £225 (substantially more in London).

The fees from just one instruction could well repay the cost of your course.

A significant proportion of building works in both the residential and commercial sectors require the services of a party wall surveyor. As the UK economy improves there will be a substantial increase in demand for those services. In returning to pre-recession levels, the number of planning applications will rise by 30% [Source: Planning Portal] and the majority of those applications will follow through into construction projects.

History and Background

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 applies throughout England and Wales. Consisting of just 20 Sections, some of which comprise only one or two clauses, may appear outwardly simple to apply but can be a minefield for the unwary. Although derived from earlier Acts of Parliament it is, in legislative terms, still fairly new and eminent surveyors and lawyers in the field cannot agree on the interpretation of some aspects of it. In one Court of Appeal case the level of confusion was such that a judge recommended that the deputy head of civil justice should consider whether guidance needed to be given as to the form of procedure to be followed when an appeal is conducted against an award made under the Act.
A Party Wall Surveyor needs to fully comprehend the workings of the Act and its interpretation as understood by those experienced in its application and as established by case law. In recent legal proceedings Courts have ruled against what was, until then, commonly held to be correct practice. In this field, a little knowledge can indeed be a dangerous thing.

Who can become a Party Wall Surveyor?

The Act does not stipulate that Party Wall Surveyors need to be professionally qualified. In a recent Court of Appeal judgement, it was stated that Party Wall procedures are intended to be operated by those who are practically experienced and concerned with buildings and building works. And, in the opinion of the same judge, a Party Wall Surveyor should be able to make at least basic judgments on the substantive matters in issue without having to seek advice from others on any practical issue.

The Training Course

Each intensive course takes place over two consecutive days at various locations throughout England and Wales and will be run by our Course Director who is an experienced Party Wall Surveyor. Group size will generally be limited to a maximum of 10 people.
Our purpose is to give the student the basic knowledge of how to interpret and apply the Party Wall Act, An Act of Parliament.
Tuition will be from 10:30 am to 4:30pm on both days unless earlier or later finishing times are agreed by general consensus of the group.
For full details of the course content please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.ipws.co.uk

Applying for the course

Applications for our professional Party Wall Surveyor training courses are invited not only from practising surveyors, engineers and architects but from anyone with a construction background - management, technical or trade. No formal qualifications are necessary but we do ask that applicants submit a CV summarising their experience.

The Course Fees

Registration and Fees
For those with very little knowledge of the Act, will benefit from our two day training programme
Course Fees: £985.00 (inclusive of all course materials)

We have a one day training programme for those practising in party wall matters
Course Fees: £685.00 (inclusive of all course materials)

After successfully completing the One or Two Day training course you will be invited to a professional interview to progressed to full membership of the Institution of Party Wall Surveyors IPWS.
All payment must be received at least 14 days prior to commencement of the course.

IPWS Party Wall Surveyors Course Outline

Section 1
1. Defining Owners and Ownership
2. The relevance of occupiers
3. The Act in outline
4. Notices: The requirements; Service (Section 15); Authority to serve
5. Owners: Establishing who they are; What if owners change?; What if a Building Owner decides not to proceed?
6. Party Wall Surveyors: Definition; Duties; Appointment & Fees; Power to correct defective notices; Statutory tribunals
7. Defining a dispute
8. Section 10: Resolution of disputes

Section 2
9. Section 6: Adjacent excavation and construction
10. Special Foundations
11. Defining Party Fence Walls, Party Walls and Party Structures
12. Section 1: Construction and repair of walls on Line of Junction
13. Section 2: Repair etc. of Party walls: Rights of owner
14. Section 3: Party Structure notices
15. Section 4: Counter notices
16. Section 5: Disputes arising under Sections 3 & 4
17. Section 7: Rights etc.
18. Section 8: Rights of Entry
19. Section 11: Expenses
20. Section 12: Security for expenses
21. Section 13: Account for work carried out
22. Section 14: Settlement of account
23. Sections 9 and 16 to 19: Easements; Offences; Recovery of sums; Exception in case of Temples; The Crown
24. Section 20: Interpretation (where not already covered)

Section 3
25. Awards: Sample awards as guides; Acting within your jurisdiction - what should and should not be included
26. Schedules of condition
27. Case law (see below)
28. Recovery of fees as Adjoining Owner’s surveyor
29. Liability in negligence and professional indemnity insurance

Section 4
30. Putting learned skills into practice. Attendees will be asked to:
a. Interpret ‘live’ case drawings to identify works in pursuance of the Act
b. Determine on whom notices should be served
c. Complete whichever notices they feel appropriate
d. Draft an award using templates provided
Feedback on the task will be given orally on the day. Written feedback will be posted within 7 days of the course.

Section 5
1. Building pathology basics
2. Building surveying basics
3. Boundary surveying basics
4. Understanding basic structures and types of loads
5. Understanding drawings and plans basics

Reading Materials
1. The Party Wall Act 1996 - (www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1996/40/contents)
2. The Party Wall Case Book (Paul Chynoweth)
3. The Law and Practice of Party Walls (Nicholas Isaac QC

General information
Some sections of the Act will be studied in greater detail than others with more emphasis being given to those which are
1. the basic building blocks of the procedure, and
2. contentious as to their interpretation among practicing surveyors

This is because once you have a thorough knowledge of those sections, others that follow from them, principally Sections 11 to 14, which at first sight can seem daunting, become easier to read and their relationship to preceding sections are better understood.

Discussion of each section of the Act will include interpretative commentary and consideration of the different opinions of leading surveyors where interpretations vary.

Applicants must note that this course will not provide sufficient tuition to enable anyone to act as a Third Surveyor. That role should only be undertaken by a surveyor with an intimate knowledge of every nuance of the Act as regards its interpretation and implementation, which only the experience of dealing with a wide variety of different situations and their potential ramifications, can give.

Course materials will include:
1. A copy of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996
2. Sample notices, counter notices and forms of acknowledgement
3. Memoranda of appointment for use under Sections 10(1) and 10(4)
4. A sample explanatory letter to an Adjoining Owner
5. Actual and pro-forma sample awards (Two surveyors and Agreed Surveyor)
6. Actual and pro-forma sample schedules of condition
7. Templates of labels for plans and other documents accompanying awards
8. Copies of legal judgements (full or abstract) – see below
9. Course notes

A sample of Case Laws from below will be inclusive (Two Day Course Only)

Copies of Judgements or abstracts from the following cases will be included in the course material. Some of these documents are lengthy and the issues complex. Accordingly, it will not be possible to consider each case in detail. However, the principles established in these cases will form part of the core study.

Christine Reeves v Beatrice Blake (2009)
Onigbanjo v Pearson & Pearson (2008)
Rodrigues v Sokal (2008)
Manu v Euroview Estates Ltd. (2007)
Udal v Dutton (2007)
Zissis v Lukomski (2006)
Roadrunner Properties v Dean (2004)
Frances Holland School v Wassef and Another (2001)
Louis v Sadiq (1997)
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy v Simmonds Church Smiles (1995)
Gyle-Thompson and Others v Wall Street (Properties) Ltd. (1994)
Woodhouse v Consolidated Property Corporation Ltd. (1993)

The Assessment and Interview
Passing the open Book Assessment to become a member of the Institution
Passing the interview to become a full member of the Institution
Grades, StudentIPWS AffilliateIPWS AssocIPWS, MIPWS, FIPWS
Recognition with Local Authorities and The Built Environment
IPWS Lecturers & Training Team
David Taylor BA(Hon) MCIAT PPCABE FCABE (Hon)FaPS FIPWS
Margaret Jeffers-Carter BSc C.Build E FCABE MCIOB Cert Ed FIPWS
Charisma R. Griffiths BA ISMM MIPWS
Mike Lilford BSc MRICS FIPWS
Amrit Sagoo BSc MSc MBEng PhD MRICS MCIOB MCABE FIPWS
Tony Copeland PhD MA DipEng PGCE Cert Ed FIPWS FCMI ACABE
Natasha Williams PhD MA BA (Hons) AssocRICS MIPWS
Asha Nasar MSc BSc MIPWS

IPWS Training Centres

Birmingham
IPWS Surveyors
Bank House
6 Hockley Hill
Birmingham
B18 5AA

Wolverhampton (Bilston)
IPWS Surveyors
NTCG Building
22 Wellington Road
Bilston
WV14 6AG

Northampton
CABE HQ (CABE Company Partners)
Chartered Association of Building Engineers
Lutyens House
Billing Brook Road
Northampton
NN3 8NW
Phone: +44 (0) 1604 404121

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CPDs (London-Midlands-Warwickshire-Northampton-Manchester-Canterbury)

Section 10 resolution of disputes (dates to be arranged 2021)
Serving notices (the process)
Types of notices (Sec 1, 2, 3, 4, & 6)
The appointment of surveyors
The Award & Schedule of condition
Party Wall Act case laws
Going it alone!!
Rights of access

Sec 8 of the Party Wall Act 1996

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