KEITH FIRNBSC(HONS) MRICS MFPWS DIRECTORAND COMPANY SECRETARY
Keith is a Chartered Building Surveyor and Dilapidations Expert who advises both
Landlords and Tenants in many sectors and is regularly appointed in an Expert capacity
in contentious dilapidations disputes.
He began his career by serving in HM Forces between 1987 and 1994, predominantly
within the Corps of Royal Engineers. After leaving the forces and gaining a 1st
Class BSc(Hons) Degree in Building Surveying from the University of Greenwich in
1997, he commenced his civilian surveying career and has since worked in surveying
practices varying between international top 5 ranked firms to smaller top 100 and
200 ranked regional practices.
In 2000 he was elected as a 'Member' of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
(membership No. 0850439) and in 2007 was also elected as a 'Member of the Faculty
of Party Wall Surveyors'. He is one of the authors of the critically acclaimed Estates
Gazette book "Dilapidations and Service Charge Disputes: A Practical Guide" (E.G.
Books, 2008)and is regular author of academic and educational articles on dilapidations
in the property press including the Estates Gazette and The Landlord and Tenant Review.
Between 2006 and 2009, he was a member of the national 'Steering Group' management
committee of the specialist RICS 'Dilapidations Forum'. In 2011, he was also active
in the Civil Justice Council public consultation process and was amongst those specialist
who successfully lobbied for various surveyor conduct related provisions to be recognised
and incorporated into the formally adopted Civil Procedures Rules 'Terminal Dilapidations
Protocol' (January, 2012).
Keith has extensive Expert Witness court reporting experience and has enjoyed great
success in court action. Keith also remains very active and influential in the field
commercial property dilapidations where he continues to promote dilapidations community
‘best practice’ review and developments through the LinkedIn 'Dilapidations discussion
forum and interest group'(the largest and most influential specialist professional
forum on dilapidations in the UK).