A Surveyor preparing a valuation reports for Court Proceedings may either provide a Single Joint Expert Report or an Expert Witness Report. The former is most often instructed for Matrimonial proceedings. In this case both parties to the dispute would jointly agree to instruct a single surveyor. The surveyor would have a duty to report impartially. The involvement of a single surveyor should provide a cost saving .
Surveyors may instead act as expert witnesses to assist judicial proceedings. This is often necessary in an adversarial situation where each party to the dispute instructs their own expert. Judges and tribunals rely on their opinions stated in the expert valuation reports in order to make an informed ruling. The Valuer will undertaking the report will have to comply with the Civil Procedure Rules – Part 35 for expert witnesses and assessors.