Steve Palmer

Steven C Palmer BSc. (Hons) MRICS MCABE AIExpE


Associate Director, Chartered surveyor

No:    +44 (0) 8001 971 248
Mob: +44 (0) 7958 337 213

Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Member of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers
Associate of the Institute of Explosives Engineers
Bsc (Hons) Building Surveying


  • Building Surveying
  • Dilapidations
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Housing Disrepair
  • Service charge disputes
  • Breach of contract between contractors and subcontractors
  • Party Wall
  • Project Management
  • Construction defects

Chartered Building Surveyor & Chartered Building Engineer with nearing 40 years experience in construction and engineering.

With a career beginning in 1974 Steven originally trained and worked on site as a plasterer gaining valuable insight into the practicalities of building site operations and building techniques
In 1977 Steven joined the British Regular Army serving for 6 years in the Royal Green Jackets, at the end of his time as a regular soldier Steven continued to serve part time as a Territorial Army soldier in the same regiment until 1991, for all but 3 years of the 15 he spent as a soldier Steven specialised in Military Engineering, including construction, and he ended this career in the Rank of Sergeant.

For 10 years from 1982 to 1992 Steven was employed in various sales and management positions by a national builders merchant where he passed many of the examinations set by the Institute of Builder Merchants becoming an expert in timber and building materials and the defects they suffer from.

Steven undertook a Building Surveying sandwich degree between 1992 and 1996, including one year working as a surveyor for a bank.

On graduation Steven initially worked in construction site management and project management but came back to building surveying in order to qualify as Chartered Building Surveyor, which he did in 2003. During this period and since Steven has worked mainly for private individuals, social housing providers and for consulting firms, including six years as the principal of a firm of Chartered Building Surveyors.

From 2000 to 2005 Steven Chaired the South London branch of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors spending much of his time organising Continuing Professional Development for members of the profession.

Services to the Legal Profession

Since qualifying as a Chartered Building Surveyor Steven has prepared expert witness reports in connection with:

  • Disputes between building contractors and their customers.
  • Boundary Disputes.
  • Housing Disrepair claims.
  • Claims for breach of contract by contractors and sub-contractors.
  • Service charge disputes.
  • Dilapidations

Personal Skills

An accomplished manager with extensive knowledge of building techniques and materials, coupled with a good understanding of site practice. Steven is fully computer literate and is able to use an extensive range of general and specialised software including CAD and Project Management tools. Steven is well able to work or liaise with others as part of a team, whether other construction/property professionals or lawyers.

Employment History

July 2016 to Present         Associate Director, Anderson Wilde & Harris, Chartered Surveyors.

Aug 2013 to July 2016      Senior Managing Building Surveyor, Anderson Wilde & Harris, Chartered Surveyors.

July 2009 to Aug 2013      Contracts & Compliance Manager, Haig Homes.

July 2003 to July 2009      Director, Palmer Lim/Davisons Palmer Lim, Chartered Surveyors.

Jan 1989 to June 2003      Senior Building Surveyor, Anderson Wilde & Harris, Chartered Surveyors.

Nov 1986 to Dec 1989      Building Surveyor, Moat Housing Group.

Sept 1984 to Oct 1986     Building Surveyor, Paddington Churches Housing Association.

July 1983 to Aug 1984      Project Manager/Building Surveyor, Godfrey & Co, Chartered Surveyors.

July 1982 to June 1991     Contracts Manager, Rooff Ltd.

July 1994 to Sep 1995       Assistant Building Surveyor, NatWest Bank.

Aug 1982 to Aug 1991       Various positions with Sandell Perkins (a major builders merchant, which merged to become Travis Perkins during term of employment) finishing as Branch Manager.

May 1977 to June 1982     H.M.Forces. Army (then Part Time from 1982 to 1991)

Sept 1974 to April 1977    Trainee/Plasterer. Letcan Builders Ltd