Building Surveyor – Legal Disrepair

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Building Surveyor - Legal Disrepair
Interim Position

Islington RQ787551

Posted: 19th January 2023 18:00
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  • Pay Rate:

    £32.00 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2-3 months

  • ISLINGTON, London,

    N7 9QH

What's involved with this role:

Interim Building Surveyor - Legal Disrepair

Reference no: Islington RQ787551

Pay rate: £32.00 per hour PAYE

Enhanced DBS required for this role

Car driver with valid license and insurance or ability to travel to undertake site inspections

The Legal Repair Surveyor will be responsible for overseeing an individual case load consisting of live disrepair claims, party wall awards, repair diagnostic cases and referrals from repairs teams. Surveyors will also be required to undertake training and acting in an advisory capacity for colleagues in the Technical Quality team, and will from time to time be required to give expert evidence in court.

To deal with all technical aspects of cases received by the team effectively and efficiently. To carry out essential repairs and avoid liability from legal disrepair action whenever possible, alternatively where this is not possible ensure claims are effectively mitigated. Liaise closely and establish good working relationships with lawyers in the Chief Executive's Directorate and other Repair sections.

Key responsibilities:

  • Carry out site inspections and investigations, as necessary to produce detailed specifications of works using the national schedule of rates and composite values. Prepare estimates, feasibility studies, plans, sketches and drawings as may be necessary.
  • As and when required provide technical support/advice to colleagues and give evidence in court as an expert witness.
  • Assist the Senior Legal Repair Surveyor in the development of policies and procedures for the team.
  • Work independently and manage a variable caseload.
  • Be proficient in the correct diagnosis of building failures and to this end be competent in the use of devices, aids and instruments for the purpose of making assessments and diagnoses.
  • Undertake quality assurance checks as and when required on repairs ordered and paid for by the Legal Repairs team.
  • Take responsibility for party wall awards as required, including undertaking the necessary surveys and completing the necessary documentation.
  • Possess a working knowledge of the relevant building contracts and related documentation. Take responsibility for ensuring that the existing contracts are administered in a professional manner and that the contractor complies with appropriate regulations and contract conditions.
  • Obtain tenders/quotations from approved contractors for works not covered by the main contracts, and ensure that proper approvals for expenditure are obtained before ordering any works, all to be in accordance with the Council’s set procedures.


“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:

Qualifications & Experience:

  • HND/C Building with demonstrable post qualification experience or BSc Building with post qualification experience Or extensive and demonstrable building surveying experience.



  • Knowledge of Legal legislation in relation to Housing disrepair and ability to interpret legislation in application of legal repair works.
  • Working knowledge of the building industry codes of practice, measured term and building forms of contract, the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations and Statutory requirements applicable to the industry.



  • Proficiency in the use of devices aids and instruments for the purpose of assessments and diagnosis of building failures.
  • Ability to effectively manage a technical caseload within target deadlines.
  • Ability to write and prepare specifications for repairs and maintenance work and major repairs and planned maintenance contracts.
  • Ability to monitor budgets, prepare work programmes and assist the Senior Legal Repairs Manager in this regard.
  • Ability to prepare Bills of Quantity and work programmes, estimates, value work in progress and issue variations.
  • Ability to prepare and certify interim and final payments to contractors.
  • Ability to administer contracts and supervise work in progress.
  • Ability to communicate effectively by telephone, in writing and face to face in small and large meetings. Good attention to detail; To include report writing to validate information for court appearances, speaking at and chairing meetings, and writing client care letters following complaint investigation.
  • Ability to attend court/tribunals and present evidence as an expert witness.
  • Ability to liaise and work effectively with colleagues within the organisation.
  • Car driver with valid license and insurance or ability to travel to undertake site inspections.
  • Ability to use computer equipment effectively for the purpose of communication, input and extraction of data.
  • Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  • Strong IT skills using Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD.

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To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF.

If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.
  5. Full Driving licence, access to a vehicle or access to means of mobility support.
  6. ***Qualification details and any other experience/skills relevant to the job role to help support your application (and help us to help you!) – please give full details within your CV document.
  7. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.



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Job Ref: Islington RQ787551
Building Surveyor - Legal Disrepair
Client Category: Local Authority

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