Chartered Surveyors

John Brownlow MRICS MRPSA

john_brownlowJOHN BROWNLOW MRICS MRPSA is a Director in the practice of Edwards Genesis (Chartered Surveyors). He is also a Director of Brownlow Associates Ltd (Chartered Surveyors) and a Partner in Hampson Moore (Chartered Surveyors). He is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors having been elected to membership in 1983 following completion of the Institution's examination programme, undertaken whilst training in the employment of the Inland Revenue's Valuation Office, and is also an RICS Registered Valuer and a Member of the Residential Property Surveyors Association.

Edwards Genesis was established in October 2008 following acquisition of the Survey Department of Edwards (Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents) and is a Survey and Valuation practice incorporating the Valuation Department of Millers (Chartered Surveyors), a long established practice based in Leigh. Brownlow Associates was originally established as a partnership to undertake consultancy valuation work for BBG Surveyors but developed into a broader survey and valuation practice and was incorporated as a Limited Company in January 2009. Hampson Moore is a small-scale survey consultancy practice.

John was born in Bolton and has spent the majority of his working career undertaking Surveys and Valuations of residential and commercial property in Bolton, Leigh, Wigan and surrounding areas. His post-qualification experience has largely been in the private sector although he was employed by the Cheshire Building Society in 1984-1986 as a Staff Valuer. He was a founding Partner in Edwards & Co at the time of that company's inception in 1992. In addition, he served on the Founding Committee of the Independent Surveyors' Association (ISA) and presented evidence to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission at the time it investigated Mortgage Valuation practices in the mid 1990s. He has presented evidence to Judicial Bodies on a number of occasions. His particular areas of expertise are in the field of valuation and survey of residential property and he has considerable experience in preparation of expert witness reports complying with CPR and the RICS Practice Statement "Surveyors Acting as Expert Witnesses".

John has previously been a Consultant Surveyor for BBG Surveyors (subsequently SPS Surveyors and Countrywide Surveyors), Sonas Chartered Surveyors and e-surv. He has recently (2009) advised the BBC Watchdog programme on a building dispute.

John has been accredited as an "RICS Registered Valuer" under the Royal Institution's Valuer Registration Scheme (VRS), which is intended to ensure the quality of valuation advice given by Chartered Surveyors.

Previous expert witness instructions:

  • valuation and disrepair issues including cases relating to mortgage valuations and private surveys
  • valuer/surveyor negligence
  • matrimonial matters
  • diminution in value arising from subsidence damage and conveyancing/legal matters
  • boundary disputes
  • accident and personal injury claims
  • housing disrepair (Section 11 claims)

Previous major expert witness cases:

  • Washburn Close, Westhoughton, Bolton – 1997/1999 Expert Valuer in relation to subsidence damage on a 26-unit housing development. Claim value over £3m.
  • Eckersley Road, Bolton – 1999/2001 Expert Valuer in relation to subsidence damage to a street of terraced houses following sewer replacement works.
  • Lostock, Bolton – 2000 Joint Expert Valuer in relation to a matrimonial home valued at £800,000.
  • Kearsley, Bolton – 1997/2001 Valuation witness in relation to commercial stables – dispute relating to diminution in value arising from the failure of a conveyancer to obtain a Coal Mining Report.
  • Poplar Avenue, Bolton - 2002-2004 Expert Valuer acting for the Claimant in relation to an allegation of professional negligence against a Building Society Valuer. Property affected by subsidence damage and other structural problems.
  • Bolton - 2008 Expert Valuer on an individual detached house with a valuation of around £750,000 and with numerous legal issues affecting saleability.
  • Chorley - 2009 Joint Expert in relation to allegations of trespass, noise, loss of light and other nuisance arising from construction of an extension.
  • Bolton - 2010 Expert Valuer on a period detached residence with an "on the market" price of £2,000,000.
  • Heywood  - 2013 Expert evidence given in Court on a neighbourhood dispute

Expert witness instructions previously received from:

  • Beachcroft Wansboroughs
  • Davies Arnold Cooper
  • Pannone & Partners
  • Keoghs
  • Garstangs
  • James Chapman
  • Kippax Beaumont & Lewis
  • Fieldings Porter
  • Forbes (Solicitors for Blackburn, Wigan, Preston, Bolton and Bury Councils)
  • Laytons
  • Adam F Greenhalgh & Co
  • Stephensons
  • R&SA Legal
  • Solicitors' Indemnity Fund

John has also advised insurance companies, loss adjusters and structural engineers in relation to valuation issues arising from subsidence damage, allegations of valuer/surveyor negligence etc. and regularly provides Valuation Reports for use in matrimonial proceedings to local Solicitors, often on a joint instruction basis.

Outside work, John is married and has 3 adult children and has interests in sport (particularly cricket and rugby league), walking, theatre and literature, and cryptic crosswords.

January 2015

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