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“An Englishman's home is his castle,” This is a very old saying, which initially proclaimed the right for someone to prevent entry to their home. Over time it has progressively been used to imply that people have an exclusive right to act entirely as they please within their own home. The truth is that they do not. This becomes crystal clear to any home owner who decides to undertake significant construction work on, or in proximity to, the boundary between his/her property and that of his/her neighbour.

Adept is the UK's first civil & structural engineering firm to achieve BRE Global BIM Level 2 Business Systems Certification. The certificate is awarded to Adept three months in advance of Government’s mandatory requirement for BIM to be applied to all publically procured buildings.

’Well done to Adept - we know that our BIM business certification process is challenging and rigorous but ultimately it will enhance the competitiveness of Adept in national and international markets and enable them to deliver better value to customers throughout the lifecycle of a project’ said BRE Group’s Director for BIM, Guy Hammersley.

Since 2013 Adept have applied BIM on all their projects including the new Next Distribution Centre in Doncaster, a Staycity Hotel in Manchester, the refurbishment of Leeds Kirkgate Market, the new Humber University Technical College and on residential projects for UK’s McCarthy & Stone and social housing organisations across the UK.

Adept’s Managing Director Erol Erturan says: 'BIM is a great way of demonstrating to clients that we have the right procedures in place at every level to deliver what are very rigorous Government requirements. It also simplifies the tendering process, as once a business is BIM certified its competence levels are guaranteed.’

Amanda Clack FRICS is today being inaugurated as the RICS President for 2016-17. Ms. Clack is a Partner at EY, and is Head of Infrastructure (Advisory), leading on infrastructure across government and the private sector.

Chartered surveyors spend a lot of their professional time helping clients who are involved in disputes. When problems escalate to formal tribunals, surveyors bring a range of expertise to bear. They act as advisers, expert witnesses, arbitrators, mediators and also as advocates.

The result of the referendum draws a line under the campaigns of the last few months. The British people have decided that the UK should leave the EU. There now follows a vote in Parliament, and a detailed negotiation for the UK’s exit.

by Christopher Sullivan, Partner, Malcolm Hollis Martin Burns RICS, Head of ADR Research and Development. 
It is a fact of life that disputes involving commercial and residential property will happen. When they do, the best thing parties to those disputes can hope for is quick resolution at minimum cost.

Unique partnerships between the judiciary and science academies produces plain English primers relaying core scientific evidence to judges.

by Mark Solon, Director, Bond Solon

The 23rd Annual Bond Solon Expert Witness Conference took place on the 10th November 2017. Over 420 expert witnesses gathered in Church House, Westminster, to discuss case law updates, key issues they face and the future of their profession,

Medication errors are a significant source of harm for many claimants (and non-claimants!) They can cause life changing catastrophic harm and injury, not to mention the financial strain on all concerned

by Charles Yorke and Jason Shaw - Allen & Overy LLP

Resolving workplace differences is a fine art – and many businesses have been getting it dramatically wrong. By Jane Simms

by Anthony Lipmann

by Kelly Elkins, Towson University

A Met Forensics Technician has received a national award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). Mark Moseley, 42, was rewarded for his work in developing a unique ivory fingerprinting kit which is being used to combat the illegal trade in ivory.

A ground-breaking fingerprint profiling method designed by Sheffield Hallam University that can provide an in-depth analysis of fingerprints at crime scenes has been proven to be compatible with reallife forensic investigations.

New forensic technology created by scientists at Loughborough University will make it “impossible” for criminals to erase their fingerprints from crime scenes.

A lecturing team is celebrating the news that their hard work has paid off, resulting in accreditation by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Locard’s Exchange Principle sates that in forensics “every contact leaves a trace”. This most fundamental of principles holds true just as well in the world of digital forensics, but increasingly we must consider more carefully both what these points of contact are; and when contact is made, where these traces may be found.