Mike Tibbatts


"Doing what I love and loving what I do for the last 50 years"

I qualified in 1971. Post qualification experience was working for the Freshwater Group in their commercial property department and as PA to the founder Mr Osais Freshwater. I formed my own practice preparing building survey reports and valuations of residential property in 1979. I worked in Hong Kong for the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club from 1980-2002. I re-established my own practice in 2003 in Wimbledon, London SW19. I retired as senior partner of Scrivener Tibbatts – Chartered Surveyors in October 2017 but I am retained as Consultant. I also run my own much smaller niche practice dealing with specialist valuations and party walls for those with whom I wish to work.

About Mike Tibbatts


MRICS - Chartered Surveyor and MEWI - Expert Witness Institute

Professional qualification:

MRICS - Chartered Surveyor - 1971

Residential property valuation reports for all purposes. Experience of CPR/FPR compliant individual and portfolio valuations. I am a leasehold enfranchisement specialist valuer ('93 Act - Flats) and ('67 Act - Houses). Law of Property Act [LPA] 1925 - Section 84(1) [amended by LPA 1969] - Restrictive Covenants and their value to benefited owners/land. The Laav application [2015] UKUT 0448 (LC), the Dean application [2017] UKUT 0202 (LC) and the Martin application [2020] UKUT 0008 (LC). I was for the Applicant in these three cases and my clients were successful. I was for the Objector in the Blue Angel application [2020] UKUT 0360 (LC), my client was successful. I am Consultant to Scrivener Tibbatts Chartered Surveyors - www.scrivenertibbatts.co.uk. I founded this practice in 2003. I hold the Cardiff University/Bond Solon - CUBS - Diploma Certificate as an Expert Witness. I am a Member of the Expert Surveyors Group (ESG). I am a Member and I am a Board Member of the Expert Witness Institute (EWI). I am listed by RICS on the President's Panel of Expert Witnesses (Residential Valuations). I am a Director of Leasehold Forum for leasehold valuers and in this capacity I presented a paper entitled 'Relativities - prescription by any other means' on 11 November 2021.

My Mission

‘Our mission is to provide value as a partner; increasing client profitability and delivering guaranteed contractual compliance through professional experience’

My Ethos

As chartered quantity surveyors in London, we know our clients want flexible support, improved profitability, guaranteed commercial compliance and mitigation of risk.


I have a detailed knowledge of the Civil and Family Procedure Rules (CPR/FPR) and all the relevant RICS guidance notes as an expert witness valuer. I undertake specialist training as an expert valuation witness and I refresh that training annually at seminars and conferences.
I have given expert valuation evidence and I have been cross examined in the Central Family Court, and in many First-tier Tribunals (F-tT). I have experience of and I can act as Surveyor/Advocate for small claims in the First-tier Tribunal.
I have given expert valuation evidence and I have been cross examined in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) – UT(LC) in respect of restrictive covenants affecting residential property (LPA 1925 – Section 84(1) applications).
I provide statutory valuations (Schedule 6 & Schedule 13 of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993, as amended for flats) and also valuations under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 for houses [Sections 9(1), Section 9(1)(a) and Section and 9(1)(c)].
I provide valuations for capital gains tax (CGT), inheritance tax (IHT) and the annual tax on enveloped dwellings (ATED). I am qualified to certify values for Charities (Charities Act 2011 – Section 119)
I administer the Party Wall …Etc… Act 1996 (‘96Act) to facilitate the wishes of building owners, who wish to improve or alter their properties close to adjoining properties. Adjoining properties may need protection prior to, during and after works of alteration/extension has been completed, in accordance with the provisions set out in the ’96 Act.


Mike Tibbatts has had an illustrious career and over the years has gained many
specialisations in his field from reputable global orgnisations.

From United Kingdom

Cardiff University Certificate - 2010

From United Kingdom

RICS Diploma - 1971

From United Kingdom

EWI Certificate

From United Kingdom

P I Insurance Certificate



Lease extensions and leasehold enfranchisement
(buying the freehold)
of flats - '93 Leasehold Reform Act and enfranchisement of houses - '67 Leasehold Reform Act.

Party Wall

Awards (they are not agreements) for alterations and extensions (e.g., loft conversions, ground floor and basement extensions) pursuant to the Party Wall etc Act 1996.

Bespoke Valuations

Charities (CA 2011 – s.119), Capital Gains Tax (T&CGA 1992 – s.272), Inheritance Tax (ITA – 1984), Restrictive Covenants (LPA 1925 – s.84(1)), Easements and Rights of Way and ATED (Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings).

Expert Witness Reports


I have a wide range of interests and hobbies, some have developed  for me into  passions. One of these passions is following the progress of nine grandchildren.  I am very lucky! 

I reserve six weeks every year for skiing; I play golf at least twice a week (when I am not skiing!).  I love cooking. 

I spent 20 years working for the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club as a horse racing official (Official Starter 1986 – 2000), property advisor and chief administrator for one of the first programs to care for the needs of retired racehorses when their racing careers have ended.  A lot of what I started in 1986 in Hong Kong is now followed in UK – Rehabilitation of Retired Racehorses.

Both George and Richard adore their horses with a passion they do not hide, they are good trainers, good communicators and they ensure that the syndicates of which I am a member have enormous fun.   I hold a qualification from the BHS (British Horse Society) as a riding instructor.

I enjoy helping those who need the property valuation and property administrative skills which I have obtained over a ‘few years’ through qualification and experience. I am sometimes asked ….’Isn’t it about time you retired?

My answer – ‘Why should I retire while I am enjoying working (but not too hard); I enjoy keeping myself up to date. I enjoy helping people who ask me to help them and for whom I would like to work’.

Contact Us

If you have any question or if you would like me to act as an expert valuation witness for you,
please feel free to get in touch with me via details below.