Validity of process under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996

David Bowden (David Bowden is a former employee of John Anstey, and a Chartered Building Surveyor and Principal of David Bowden & Associates. He specialises in party wall and associated work and is an occasional writer and public speaker on these subjects. He speaks two and a quarter languages and considers a Land Rover to be ideal for London traffic.)

Structural Survey

ISSN: 0263-080X

Publication date: 1 December 2000


This paper considers the entire process leading to the making of a valid award under section 10 of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. The powers and duties of the appointed surveyors, the validity of their appointment, and the effect of their awards are examined. The validity of some of the commonly used award clauses is also commented upon. The paper also considers agreements between the parties insofar as they might affect a dispute and the subsequent award. Finally, examples are provided as to where liability might lie for failure to produce a valid award, with important warnings for appointed surveyors.



Bowden, D. (2000), "Validity of process under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996", Structural Survey, Vol. 18 No. 5, pp. 266-272.

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