Building Surveying Journal October–November 2016

Barney Hatt

Editor, Building Surveying Journal & Building Control Journal (RICS)

A plethora of legal matters feature in this issue.


Vivien King considers a recent case with implications for all surveyors making party wall awards, while Claire Haynes and Helen Garthwaite explain how the new building regulations emphasise the importance of sustainable digital infrastructure for broadband connectivity.

Julia Dixon describes the key reforms implemented by the Housing and Planning Act 2016, Emma Vigus looks into the changing nature of claims against the surveying profession, and Laurence Cobb highlights some significant issues with payment notices – as well as the pitfalls to avoid.

Meanwhile, Spencer Carroll outlines why understanding security risks and crime prevention is essential, James Baker explains what RICS is doing to encourage future generations of building surveyors, and Martin Laffey talks about how he became an RICS member via the Professional Experience Route.

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