February 2015: Lease Advisory partner David Gilbert FRICS has become a fully qualified RICS-accredited mediator.  Gilbert Evans now provides mediation advice supplementing its existing arbitration and independent expert offer and accepts private appointments from third parties.

David Gilbert explains:

“Mediation is an increasingly effective means of resolving disputes, notably on lease renewals.  This expansion of our services is in direct response to the expected rise in demand for new ways to resolve disagreements over lease renewals and rental disputes. With over 40% of retail units in England & Wales expected to be subject to lease renewal over the next two years and a more positive economy, the number of rental disputes is likely to increase.  Given the cost and time issues associated with renewals, Gilbert Evans is well placed to provide sound advice on cost-effective and swift dispute resolution and meet the anticipated rise in demand.”

David Gilbert is a long-standing member of the RICS panel of Rent Review Arbitrators and Independent Experts and is regularly appointed on lease renewal and rent review disputes both by the RICS and privately.