About Hamilton Darcey LLP
Chris Cooper BSc (Hons) MRICS MCIArb
Chris obtained his degree in Building Surveying from Sheffield Hallam University before qualifying as a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Chris is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is also a member of the Pyramus and Thisbe Club, which seeks to promote best practice in relation to Party Wall procedures. Chris is an RICS Registered Expert Witness.
Chris has previously acted for a wide range of clients, covering all areas of project and professional work. His experience includes major works refurbishments to privately owned residential blocks, project managing the construction of new build residential apartments and providing professional expertise in such matters as Party Walls, Rights of Light, Licences for Alteration and Reinstatement Cost Assessments.
Chris is also an APC Assessor as well as a Mentor for APC candidates in the London area and undertakes the role of APC Supervisor and Counsellor for RICS candidates.
Hamilton Darcey LLP has a specialist team of surveyors who are regularly appointed to represent developers and property owners throughout England and Wales. We serve as a surveyor for building owners and adjoining owners alike, providing appropriate advice based on the appointing owner’s requirements.
We are also members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Pyramus and Thisbe Club.
We address enquiries regarding the following matters:
Through our early involvement in party wall matters, we give advice on design proposals and keep building owners away from preventable party wall issues and neighbour disputes. We also assist building owners in serving timely and valid party wall notices, effectively minimising project delays.
Our party wall surveyors also work with adjoining owners. We act on behalf of freehold owners, head-lessees and leaseholders to prevent unnecessary inconvenience and legal disputes related to construction works at a neighbouring property.
We regularly work with developers and adjoining owners who have concerns regarding crane oversail and scaffold licences. Our insights into design alterations contribute to the minimal chances of legal issues. We also play a role in the smooth negotiation of formal licence agreements.
Our team helps developers identify potential crane oversailing issues at the early stages of their project, therefore avoiding delays and, in the worst-case scenario, litigation. We also help developers negotiate scaffold licences and formal agreements with adjoining owners.
At Hamilton Darcey LLP, we are experienced in all neighbourly matters. This includes the various boundary issues our clients face in England and Wales. From analysing deed plans to locating the accurate position of dividing walls, we can assist.
We can carry out a thorough site survey and a measured survey to accurately plot all current and historic boundaries on a site development plan. We can also act as expert witnesses if a client’s case progresses to court.
Through right to light, a property owner is legally entitled to enjoy natural light passing over their property and its defined apertures. This right is commonly affected by new developments. Therefore developers need to assess their project’s potential impact on the neighbouring properties.
Our team helps developers adopt a suitable strategy that does not affect programme. We also work on behalf of adjoining owners, advising on the potential impact of a new development.