Our consultant represents a large firm of surveyors. A contract from them was signed prior to commencement.
Obviously if he won't rescind the presentation and pulls out and demands payment am I obliged to pay him.
I would have to engage another and he was engaged last April so time consuming.
My first consultant a surveyor was engaged by me at the outset when the authority wanted my property before CP but unknown to me till later had entered into an agreement to receive 2.5% of the final settlement he was obviously discharged and got nothing.
My present consultant agreed a price of £160 per hour hopefully to be met by the authority which is part of a term of CP called "Vested" but when we found out he had proceeded to negotiations without prior consultation with us, was asked to present his workings to us for perusal, and an update of costs incurred so far.
Eventually we received the workings and could understand why he did not want us to see the figures, he also told us the Authority were paying his fees, don't worry about it.
We think another deal for a percentage of the agreed price has been agreed but won't be able to prove this as he won't dare go up to this level.
.If it were to go to a tribunal the authority are bound to say we keep discharging consultants and a figure was agreed beforehand with the present consultant even although we have never received an offer.
I understood he submitted his presentation in Aug so he must have received a response by now
This guy who I actually like started of by going to a lawyer on property who examined a letter from the authority telling me the property was worthless and I was going to get nothing, then went on to say all the things I could have built on my site, the lawyer considered this guy had shot himself in the foot and planned for the building to be converted into flats and a duplex on the land with a total selling price of £1.52m with a residual price of £402k but showed after all building and selling costs and finance a profit of £235k which a developer like me would have made, but only submitted the £402k.
My gut feeling is the authority negotiator would have had his balls chewed if after four years holding up their plans a higher price was agreed.
My man is a former DV for his area, a mrics faav so I believe a pleasing settlement to all that would protect his opposite numbers job and possibly benefit his employers later was the motive.
At present the low figure is approx £100k better than the first consultant so I was right in offloading him,
Thanks for the advice, why is things never simple.