Welcome to Alderman Stone

General FAQs

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 is the Pyramus and Thisbe Club?

The Pyramus and Thisbe Club is a UK based non-profit organization. It was founded in 1974 by a group of party wall surveyors. It helped draft the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and continues to educate its members and the public about party wall issues. As members of the Pyramus and Thisbe Club, we are always pleased to offer an initial informal and free consultation.

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 2015?

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (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. They were introduced in 1994 following publication of European Directive 92/57/EEC on minimum safety and health standards for temporary or mobile construction sites. The CDM Regulations were revised in 2007, and a further revision came into force on 6 April 2015.