Interim Building Surveyor – Legal Disrepair

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Interim Building Surveyor - Legal Disrepair
Islington, London
Interim Position

Islington RQ720107

Posted: 30th October 2022 17:44
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  • Pay Rate:

    £30 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35, Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • Islington, London,

    N7 9QH

What's involved with this role:

Interim Building Surveyor - Legal Disrepair

Reference no: Islington RQ720107

Pay Rate: £30 per hour PAYE

A Building Surveyor is required to 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.

Key responsibilities:

  • Deal with all technical aspects of cases received by the team effectively and efficiently.
  • Carry out essential repairs, 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.
  • 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.
  • As and when required, act in the capacity of an expert witness in the preparation of reports and scott schedules, the giving of evidence in court, and the providing of advice. Attend all necessary meetings in association with this role.
  • 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.
  • Monitor and oversee works on site including start dates, works in progress, standards of workmanship, materials etc. Monitor and report any variances to agreed standards and recommend a corrective action.


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


  • HND/C Building with demonstrable post qualification experience or BSc Building with post qualification experience.
  • 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.

Skills/Technical skills:

  • Ability to effectively manage a technical caseload within target deadlines.
  • 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
  • Ability to prepare 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.
  • Ability to use computer equipment effectively for the purpose of communication, input, and extraction of data.
  • Proficiency in the use of devices aids and instruments for the purpose of assessments and diagnosis of building failures.


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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  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. 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 RQ720107
Interim Building Surveyor - Legal Disrepair
Client Category: Local Authority

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