Contentious and Independent Valuation Work

Steve Leech is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with 35 years experience in the construction industry working for building clients, main contractors and subcontractors. He is experienced in the preparation and settlement of contractual and financial claims for all parties, acting as a joint expert, preparing Scott Schedules for the County Court, acting as a party representative in adjudications in accordance with the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act, and preparing independent valuations for private settlements.

Instructions to act as an Expert

He was one of two quantity surveyors who prepared a joint statement of the cost of remedial works to a newly built house in accordance with CPR 35, and pursuant to the order of the Technical and Construction Court Birmingham & District Registry, in a matter between the home owner and a national house builder. Harrison Clark of Worcester, the solicitors for the defendant, instructed him.

He was one of two quantity surveyors who prepared expert reports and a joint report of the value of completed works and the cost of remedial works in accordance with CPR 35, and pursuant to the order of the County Court at Central London, in a matter between a home owner and a building contractor. Sylvester Aneil Lewin and Horne of London, the solicitor for the defendant, instructed him.

He has prepared Scott Schedules for financial disputes between clients, main contractors and subcontractors. Max Engel of Northampton instructed him. He has most recently prepared such a schedule pursuant to the order of Milton Keynes County Court, for the cost of measures to rectify defective and incomplete work in a private house alteration contract after the default of the builder.

Instructions to act as a Party Representative in Adjudications in accordance with the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act:

He represented Castlework Contractors of Kempston in their financial dispute with the main contractor in a subcontract to provide specialist floor-coatings, on the Didcot Leisure Centre project.

He represented Castlework Contractors in their financial dispute with the client in a contract to renovate the external facades of a listed building in Royston (the client’s home).

Claims And Disputes

He spent the first seven years of his career as a contractor’s and subcontractor’s site quantity surveyor on civil engineering projects (roads, bridges, a hardened aircraft shelter and a reservoir) where a substantial part of his time was spent on claims for extensions of time and the recovery of indirect expenses. His role included the collection and assembly of contemporaneous records and the preparation and presentation of claims in accordance with the ICE Fifth Edition and GC/Works 1 Edition 2 forms of contract.

Since becoming self employed in 1987 and until recently he was retained by Castlework Contractors (now closed due to bereavement) to handle their contentious final accounts and other disputed matters (e.g. delayed progress and defects), often in accordance with main contractor’s bespoke forms of subcontract. The disputes arose in commercial and public contracts in concrete repairs, screeds, waterproofing systems and specialist floor coatings, renders and small scale civil engineering works.

He has evaluated the cost of measures to rectify defective and incomplete work in small scale contracts to adapt and extend private houses, where a builder has defaulted and the homeowner wishes to propose an independent settlement offer privately.

Insurance Claims

He has evaluated the costs of upgrading an annexe to a private house to meet building regulations standards, in the matter of a PI insurance claim against a conveyancer. He has evaluated the part of the total cost of retail building redevelopment works that was attributable to a building subsidence insurance claim.

Regulations

He is conversant with the requirements Part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules, the Civil Justice Council Guidance for the instruction of experts in civil claims 2014, the Pre-action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes and the RICS Practice Statement Surveyors acting as expert witnesses 4th edition.

Other Experience

He has appeared as a witness of fact in Leicester County Court in a case where he and his wife sued their long lease tenant for breach of maintenance covenants.

Fees

Fees for contentious work are based upon hourly rates plus expenses.

Referees

Duncan Needham, Max Engel, Northampton
Elizabeth Beatty Harrison Clark, Worcester
Vincent Solanki, Sylvester Aneil Lewin and Horne, London