Be very careful who you apoint as your Party Wall Surveyor and make sure you do thorough background checks. 
 
Graham Eilam Steele of Kestral Drive, Waltham Abbey is a former bankrupt who owes circa £500k to creditors. This is a copy of his bankruptcy  
 
 
He has previously ripped off hundreds of customers with his so called 'franchise' set up trading as Lifecote, a damp proofing business which issued worthless guarantees for the work carried out. He was found guilty in 2014 of a continued campaign described by the High Court in London of 'cyber libel bullying' where he attacked honest businesses and business owners as well as independent associations over the internet through Twitter and various websites that he set up. It came to an end in October 2014 when he was eventually stopped by the High Court in London. An injunction was put in place to prevent similar behaviour. 
 
During the court proceedings, he decided to set up as party wall surveyor in a feeble attempt to damage my business. He still runs his damp proofing set-up and has immediately set up limited companies after coming out of bankruptcy, some with the same name as previous companies he ran. The same cons are currently being perpetrated by these companies and he will continue to do so until he is finally closed down by the authorities. 
 
He now masquerades under the name of Alex Owen BSc (Hons). The work that I have seen is nothing short of a shambles and a complete waste of money. I personally had to sort out an award between two neighbours where Steele had taken £900.00 off them and the award he made was a waste of time. 
 
He also goes under the name of Peter Robinson party wall surveyor. For several years he has been using the name Alan Johnson when visiting his damp proofing victims. Many have identified him from the photos as Graham Steele afterwards. Unfortunately it is all too late once he has your money. His companies have many, many CC J's against them in the past and he has not to my knowledge ever paid one CCJ, instead closing down the company to avoid his obligations. 
 
Another quite alarming con trick is that Steele is making 'ex parte' awards. Rather than have to deal with a surveyor appointed by an owner, he makes some excuse to appoint a surveyor on their behalf under section 10(4). In the instances I have been made aware of, the 'other' surveyor is Peter Robinson. 
 
You will not be surprised to discover, that Peter Robinson is also a pseudonym of Graham Steele, that he has used for many years. In other words, he makes awards with himself and serves the award as if it had been agreed between two individual surveyors. This is nothing less than a criminal fraud. Any award made this way is invalid and not worth the paper it is written on. This information will be passed on to the Police and the relevant authorities in due course. 
 
A more comprehensive account of Graham Steele can be found at www.partywallactsurveyor.com. 
 
Anyone who has had dealings with Graham Steele aka Alex Owen, or any of the other names listed on the other site, either in the past or presently can pass information to me as I am compiling a file so that the authorities will once and for all close down his companies to prevent him conning money from the unsuspecting public. This includes surveyors who have dealt with him. Ideally I need paperwork and correspondence which will not be divulged to anyone other than the appropriate authorities. 
 
For now all I can do is warn you not to engage with this conman. You have been warned. 
 
02.04.2018 UPDATE: Steele has been complaining to Google and telling them lies to so that information will not show up in their search terms. He used similar complaints prior to the court case denying responsibility for his defamatory articles and websites. Hopefully Google will now see Steele is a liar based on previous complaints.The complaint below is farcical 1. Steele does owe money 2. He has been using the name Alex Owen and I have proof 3. He has ripped hundreds of people off and I have proof. 
I think Steele thinks this will just go away......it won't! 
 
Further to my recent request the author of this website has modified the posting to include complete and absolute falsification and lies. I was involved in litigation in 2014 and lost but I don’t owe anyone any money at all. That said he now states_ He now masquerades under the name of Alex Owen BSc (Hons). The work that I have seen is nothing short of a shambles and a complete waste of money. I personally had to sort out an award between two neighbours where [REDACTED] had taken £900.00 off them and the award he made was a waste of time. My reply is I do not masquerade as Alex Owen this is a complete fabrication. I have never ripped anyone off. This is highly defamatory. The posting states_ He also goes under the name of Peter Robinson party wall surveyor. For several years he has been using the name Alan Johnson when visiting his damp proofing victims. Many have identified him from the photos as [REDACTED] [REDACTED] afterwards. Unfortunately it is a ... 
 
IMPORTANT NOTE- Alex Owen BSc (Hons) MFPWS of Stuart Henley & Partners, Chartered Surveyors and Planning Consultants of 6 Wrotham Business Park, Barnet, Hants, EN5 4SB is unconnected with the scam artist above. His name has been randomly selected it would seem, to commit this fraud. 
 
Likewise, I am aware that there is a bona fide surveyor called Peter Robinson. 
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