Meet The Team

Stephen T Coward MFPWS


Steve works for a number of years in Estate Agency in Richmond, Putney and Fulham. He then took professional qualifications and operated as a Fellow of the Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers undertaking general surveying and valuation work. He now specialises in party wall work.

Steve has four children, the last of whom finally left home this summer.

Nigel Acres AssocRICS MFPWS


Nigel came to work in Fulham in 1987 having previously worked as a Building Surveyor in private practice after making a move from the City where he worked in the estates departments of both NPI and NEM and was involved with commercial property matters.

Nigel’s move to Fulham resulted in him taking over the responsibility for the running of the Building Surveying Department of Acland and Lensam Chartered Surveyors. Acland’s are a local firm of Surveyors who have been based in Fulham for over 60years.

Nigel moved to set up his own consultancy in 2005, which later became Party Walls Limited. Having built up a good working relationship with several local Property Management Companies over the years he still retains a regular involvement with residential building surveying issues.

Changes from the old London Building Acts (Amendment) Act 1939, which previously only covered Party Wall issues within the Inner London area, to the Party Wall etc,Act.1996 has extended the legislation to cover both England and Wales.

Having gained a vast amount of experience in Party Wall matters this is now proving a valuable asset professionally to both home owners and local contractors alike who have need of expert advice concerning Party Wall legislation.

Nigel is an Associate member of the RICS as well as being a member of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors. He is an elected member of the Pyramus and Thisbe Club which is a national forum for Party Wall Surveyors.

Faye Galligan BSc (Hons) ICIOB


Faye graduated from London South Bank University gaining a First Class degree. She is an Incorporated member of the Chartered Institute of Building, a member of the Pyramus and Thisbe Club and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Constructors, having won the Constructors Prize in 2009.

Faye previously worked in property management and general practice before specialising in Party Wall matters for a firm in the City of London. She worked as a sole practitioner for several years before joining with Stephen and Nigel as Directors of Party Walls Limited.

Faye has three children.


Consultant Surveyor

John Hughes has joined us as a consultant surveyor. John started a surveying practice in 1977 with Derek Downham (Downham and Hughes, previously of Bray Place, Chelsea) to undertake residential survey work for house and flat purchases in the London area but he soon became involved with party wall work such that five years ago he stopped doing residential surveys purely to concentrate on party wall matters. He is therefore very experienced and has acted as a Third (arbitrating) Surveyor as well as acting for both building and adjoining owners. He is a member of the Pyramus and Thisbe Club and also a Fellow of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.

John is married with two grown up children and five grandchildren.


Consultant Surveyor

Alan Riley joined us as a consultant surveyor in early 2016. He is a Chartered Surveyor and a Registered Architect with over 40 years’ experience in working on commercial and residential property in London. As a member of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors, Alan’s core focus for the past 2 decades has been in party wall matters where he has been appointed both by building owners and adjoining owners.

Alan is married with two grown up sons.


Contact us on 0208 877 0365.