Expert Witness and Property Litigation

At LBB, our founding partners, John Byers and Justin Bennett are highly regarded and have both won awards for their ability as expert witness. Each has considerable experience in dealing with property related disputes. At LBB we work with leading solicitors and barristers but can also consider direct access on a case by case basis.

Their respective CVs can be found on the following links:

John Byers BSc FRICS ACIArb

Justin Bennett BSc FRICS ACIArb

Their expertise will assist you and help mitigate sometime expensive litigation. Each have acted as joint and single expert in disputes that arise. 

Both John and Justin regularly provide expert opinion and advice to clients in Court and the First-tier Tribunal  (Property Chamber) on a wide variety of disputes including:

  • Lease extensions and enfranchisement
  • Service charges
  • Matrimonial disputes
  • Housing disrepair
  • Professional negligence
  • Landlord and tenant disputes
  • Major works
  • Dilapidations
  • Building contract disputes
  • Right to manage
  • Appointment of a manager
  • Residential Valuation

Justin Bennett

Justin Bennett has acted on a number of reported cases including:

Willingale v Globalgrange Ltd [2000] 2EGLR 55 was one of the very first cases under the 1993 Act. In this leading case a landlord was forced to accept the premium offered subject to the terms proposed for failure to serve a valid counter-notice.

Glen International v Triplerose Ltd (CA) [2007] 2 EGLR 81 related to proper service of a Section 42 Notice for a lease extension.  The judgment was in the tenant’s favour that proper service should be at the last known address under Section 47 and Section 48 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987.

Both cases were assisted by Anthony Radevsky of Falcon Chambers, the author of Hague on Leasehold Enfranchisement and listed in the Legal 500 2022.

Anstruther v Vidas (2010) appearing before HHJ Marshall QC in a case involving multiple valuation issues, including the inter-relationship of dilapidations and enfranchisement claims on a substantial mixed-use building in South Kensington.

John Byers

John Byers is a widely sought after Accredited RICS Expert Witness and has a CV full of property cases, both as a party expert and single joint expert in disputes relating to disrepair, service charges and major works including:

Ravensgate Estates Ltd v Horizon Housing Group Ltd [2007]

Mr & Mrs Nogueira & Others v The Lord Mayor & Citizens of the City of Westminster [2014] UKUT LRX/126/2013

L Miller & Others v Tedworth North Management Ltd & Tedworth Square North Ltd [2015] LON/ooAW/LSC/2014/0615

John Byers regularly acts in Housing Disrepair [link Housing Disrepair] to cases for various housing associations and many leaseholders. Other cases include building contract disputes, the appointment of a manager, the reasonableness of service charge works and dilapidations.



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