About P&T

P&T is an organisation for professionals with a particular interest in matters relating to the Party Wall etc Act 1996. The Club seeks to advance knowledge of party wall legislation and procedure and to promote best professional practice in its application.

Whilst the majority of P&T members are surveyors, the Club also includes:

architects, structural engineers, solicitors, barristers and others with an interest in the subject.

P&T is organised on a regional basis, with each branch having its own chairman and programme of events.

The Club played a pivotal role in the framing of the present Party Wall etc. Act 1996, which was acknowledged by the Earl of Kinnoull, during the second reading debate of the Party Wall Bill in the House of Lords, when he said of the Club "I know that this club of professionals has done tremendous work. I pay particular tribute to its Chairman, John Anstey, who, like other colleagues, has been active in helping to draft the Bill." The Party Wall Bill was sponsored through Parliament by John Lytton, The Earl of Lytton, a past Chairman of the Club.

The P&T continues to maintain a strong relationship with several government departments, such as the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister now Department for Communities and Local Government, constantly looking at ways of dealing with anomalies in the legislation and promoting best practice.

In a case in 2008 in Romford County Court, His Honour Judge Platt acknowledged the Club's members when he said

"It is a tribute to the surveyor’s profession as a whole, and to the members of P&T in particular, that issues over party walls have generally been resolved by a pragmatic and cooperative approach to the provisions of the Act and consequently appeals to the County Court have been extremely rare."