The Background

Dr Derek Watts

Dr Derek Watts has a doctorate in law from the University of London and is a Professional Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Derek is also an External Tutor and Examiner for the University of Reading and a visiting Lecturer in building conservation and land law. His work has been published in both professional and academic journals and includes several leading articles on land and development. He has over 20 years’ experience in the real estate sector advising clients on building conservation, land acquisitions and disposals, planning applications and appeals, as well as introducing numerous residential and commercial building sites to developers. He also acts as a Sole or Joint Arbitrator and an Expert Witness, notably in building conservation disputes at arbitration, litigation and public inquiry proceedings. Derek is the principal partner in the practice.

The Practice

DWA Derek Watts Associates was established in 2001 and offers specialist advice in the sphere of building conservation, land, planning and development. Although based in Surrey the vast majority of our work is located in Central and Inner London, however we can operate over a much wider area as evidenced in our website and, in particular, on our Land page. The practice is neither owned by, nor is a subsidiary of, any corporate organisation. Hence, we are able to offer an independent, bespoke and professional service tailored to your specific requirements. We can also work in association with architects, lawyers, planners and structural engineers to provide related expertise where necessary.

Professional Standards & Fees

All Chartered Surveyors are duty bound by strict rules of conduct on matters such as client confidentiality and conflicts of interest. It is imperative that all Chartered Surveyors advising clients hold professional indemnity insurance and adhere strictly to the regulations governing the proper handling of clients’ money. In addition to the rigorous academic and practical training undertaken, the continuous updating of skills and expertise is compulsory for all practising RICS members. In respect of fees, we would be pleased to provide written or verbal quotations upon request and without obligation for any of the services outlined and we will endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible. Please contact us by telephone, mobile, or, alternatively, you can email us on the link.