Expert Witness

The Directors at Roger Hannah are regularly instructed as Experts in disputes involving property including: development land issues, professional negligence cases, matrimonial cases, disputes involving covenants, rights of way, failures by landlords to repair and other contractual issues etc.  We act for both claimants and defendants and are also frequently instructed as Single Joint Experts.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Land & DevelopmentOur Land & Development Team have particular expertise in assessing Residential Viability and as an Expert Witness can prepare evidence relating to the value of residential land under Option Agreements and other contractual arrangements. Our expertise can also contribute to establishing a case in relation to development viability, affordable housing and the ability to meet Section 106 obligations as part of a planning permission.
  • Valuation – Our Valuation expertise covers a wide range of property types including residential dwellings and development land in addition to commercial and industrial properties.  We have acted for Banks, professional advisors and private property owners advising on wide ranging disputes such as property valuation for litigation purposes, negligence claims, matrimonial disputes, rights of way, defects and restrictive covenants.
  • Business Rates – The majority of our Business Rates Appeals are successfully settled by negotiation with the Valuation Office. However, in some cases, this is not always possible and a referral to the Valuation Tribunal may be necessary. We can provide you with full representation at Tribunal hearings, preparing and presenting a case on your behalf with the aim of ensuring that you get the best outcome. We also act as Expert Witness representing Owners and Occupiers of properties in the Magistrates and Higher Courts in matters of rates payment and other liability disputes with Local and other Authorities.
  • Lease AdvisoryOn occasions it is necessary to refer matters to an Arbitrator or Independent Expert in the case of a rent review or refer matters to Court at lease renewal or mediation in respect of many other disputes. Professional and experienced representation is fundamental in such proceedings and our Lease Advisory Team is experienced in acting for both Landlords and Tenants as Expert Witnesses, we can draw on a wealth of technical expertise as well as local market knowledge to allow you to achieve the best outcome.
  • Building Consultancy – Our Team can provide expert reports on a variety of construction defects, boundary disputes and property related matters. Real experience has been gained in Court acting as an Independent Expert.
  • Compulsory Purchase – Our Compulsory Team undertake compulsory purchase instructions nationwide.  On occasions we need to resolve disputed compensation issues by way of a reference to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) and/or through mediation.  We are experienced in providing expert reports and appearing as expert witnesses in a hearing.

Our Team has experience in attending Mediation, Arbitration Hearings, County Court, High Court, Valuation Tribunal and Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) etc.

Our experts are entirely familiar with producing CPR/Part35 Compliant Reports.

Meet the Team

Our experience working with Roger Hannah has been nothing but positive. The Property Management team invest time into understanding the intricacies of the building that they manage and are diligent and proactive in their approach but importantly whilst being commercial too. Would highly recommend.

Capital & Centric
Max Bentham - Development Director

Fantastic experience with this firm from start to finish. No nonsense approach to their dealings and very forthcoming and honest with advice. Provided with a fantastic service with my business rates issues. Very thankful and will certainly be using again in future. If you want an honest reliable local business offering the services they provide this is the place. Thanks again

17 (UK) Limited
Syed Bukhari - Director

I would like to say thank you to Roger Hannah and in particular to Neil O'Brien for the help he gave to our charity in reducing our dilapidation costs for our previous office by more than half. He was very professional and easy to work with and explained everything in layman's terms.

Carers Trust Scotland
Karen Maloney - Office Manager

I have dealt with Roger Hannah. over many years in respect of management, agency and professional work including the building surveyors department and the fact I am continuing to use this company confirms I am very happy with the service provided.

Hyrst Garth Estate Ltd
Peter Higginbottom - Director

Absolutely fantastic service from start to finish. They reduced our rateable value to half & were extremely responsive / professional. Would 1000% recommend anyone to use them!.

Mantra Entertainment Limited
Ben Hourahine - Director

I had a great experience working with the Agency Team at Roger Hannah. They were very prompt in responding to emails, answering phone calls and finding answers to my questions! The whole process was very smooth and speedy. Very professional and the team always ensured they worked any appointments around my busy schedule. I would recommend this company and would be happy to work with them again!

Luxe Aesthetics
Owning Director

Always a pleasure working with Neil and Steve. Fantastic company to deal with. Fully recommend!

Samuel Kaye
Commercial Property Owner

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Roger Hannah and especially Simon Cook for their incredible partnership with The Oasis Centre. For the past 5 years they have wholeheartedly supported us in every way possible. I can honestly say we would not be in the position we are today (building our very own purpose built day centre to support the vulnerable and disadvantaged in East Manchester) without Roger Hannah. God bless you all for your compassion and dedication to Oasis!

The Oasis Centre
Victoria Armstrong - CEO

I requested Roger Hannah to do a dilapidations and measured survey of a large commercial building in Greater Manchester. I am very happy with their service. I originally had difficulty getting a surveyor to do this work and just googled Roger Hannah. I will stick with Roger Hannah for the remainder of my work on this building. Service was excellent, product was very good, they did what they said they would do and when they would do it. No complaints. I thought pricing was also reasonable and I paid same day as received the invoice.

Travel Joy Hostels
Senan Sexton - Director

Absolutely fantastic service from start to finish, I cannot recommend the team at Roger Hannah highly enough and I would like to thank in particular the Agency, Lease Advisory and Building Surveying teams for all their help in securing a fantastic deal for the Company!

Parsonage Investments
Commercial Portfolio Owner

I have found Roger Hannah to be very professional and diligent in their approach to property management and building surveying. They have good people and always communicate well. Would highly recommend.

Maryland Securities Ltd
Robert Timson - Associate Director


If you require specialist advice, please submit your details with a brief explanation and the appropriate member of the Expert Witness team will be in contact shortly.