David Hollingsworth


Partner | Chester Office

RICS Qualified 2003
Cardiff University Law School/
Bond Solon Civil Expert Witness Certificate 2010

I head our Chester office and lead our Insurance and Expert Witness teams.

As my early career was spent in architectural and cost consultancy practices, I have a solid grounding in the technical and contractual aspects of the construction industry.

Over this time I have also fulfilled the roles of Planning Supervisor, CDM Coordinator and Principal Designer under successive forms of CDM Regulations from the original 1994 statute. I am also the Secretary of the North-West branch of the P&T Club, which seeks to advance knowledge of party wall legislation and procedure and to promote best professional practice in its application.

I have overseen in excess of 400 property claims and disputes.



  • Lead designer and contract administrator for:
    • repair and refurbishment of industrial units, North West, £350,000
    • refurbishment of careers advice centre, Nottingham, £500,000
  • Team leader for insurance reinstatement cost assessments for 5m sq.ft property portfolio, across UK, £850m
  • Numerous expert witness appointments (both as Party Appointed Expert and Single Joint Expert), acting for both claimants and defendant
  • Regularly appointed (70+ appointments) as party wall surveyor acting for both building owner and adjoining owner as well as agreed surveyor
  • Pre-acquisition survey of shopping centre and advising on sums required to rectify defects present, Nuneaton, £20m
  • Monitoring surveyor on behalf of fund for rectification works to shopping mall, £1m
  • Employer’s agent for:
    • construction of factory and head quarter offices for healthcare company, Sutton-in-Ashfield, £4.5m
    • construction of luxury one-off houses and small estates, North West, circa £6m
  • Project management of major loss insurance reinstatement contracts for fire & flood, nationally, £100k to £1.5m

Service Expert

  • Reinstatement Cost Assessments
  • Party Wall and Neighbourly Matters
  • Major Loss Property Claims
  • Expert Witness


  • Principal Designer
  • Contract Administration
  • Dilapidations
  • Acquisition and Due Diligence
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