Welcome to Alderman Stone

General FAQs

What is The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors?

A UK based professional body for surveyors, founded in London 1868. Promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infastructure.

Do your Expert Witness reports comply with the required court standards?

Our reports comply with The requirements of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as set down in the 'Surveyors Acting as Expert Witnesses; Practice Statement and Guidance Note', Part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR35) and it's associated Practice Direction (PD35), and the protocol for the Instruction of Experts to give evidence in civil claims drafted by the Civil Justice Council.

What does the Party Wall Act do?

The Act came into force on 1 July 1997 and applies throughout England and Wales. It provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings. It is based on some tried and tested provisions of the London Building Acts, which applied in inner London for many decades before the Act came into force.

What are my Rights of Light?

A right to light is not personal - it runs with property / buildings. The legal right in England, Ireland, Wales and Northern Ireland is to light, not to sunshine or to a view, and the light must flow through a defined opening, usually a window. The sufficiency of light is regarded by the courts as to be 'sufficient for the ordinary notions of mankind'.

What is the Code for Sustainable Homes?

The Code for Sustainable Homes has been developed to enable a step change in sustainable building practice for new homes. It is intended as a single national standard to guide industry in the design and construction of sustainable homes. It is a means of driving continuous improvement, greater innovation and exemplary achievement in sustainable home building. 

What are CDM Regulations 2020?

The Construction Design & Management Regulations 2020 (CDM Regulations) are intended to ensure that health and safety issues are properly considered during a project’s development so that the risk of harm to those who have to build, use and maintain structures is reduced.