About Us

Briarleigh Property Inspections was formed by Jonathan Symonds in late 2023.

Previously Jonathan had been senior partner at David Symonds Associates one of the leading Civil and Structural Engineering practices in the Midlands.

Having taken early retirement, Jonathan was keen to provide the benefit of his experience to the wider community on a more personal level.
Jonathan has more than 35 years’ experience inspecting buildings and structures.

Through his experience, he is able to provide a pragmatic and cost effective solution to all structural problems affecting a building.

Structural Appraisal

Whether for a pre purchase survey or when experiencing structural problems, Jonathan is able to tailor the inspection to suit the specific needs of each individual project.

Whether the whole property needs inspection or just one specific area, the appraisal and therefore the cost can be adjusted to reflect the needs of each project.

Insurance Claims

Jonathan has acted for the majority of leading insurance companies and Loss Adjusters over the years. Therefore, he has an understanding of the processes applied by insurance companies. As such reports can be tailored to suit the specific requirements of each insurance company.

Jonathan has also acted many times for individuals contesting the decision of an insurance company. Jonathan can provide an independent opinion on the issues affecting the building, which if appropriate can challenge the decision of the insurance company.

Expert Witness

Jonathan has provided an expert witness service for many years, advising on a wide variety of structural issues and contractual matters affecting building projects.

Jonathan has specific expertise in subsidence and structural movement of  buildings, together with both foul and storm drainage to residential properties.

Jonathan is a member of the Register of Expert Witnesses and has undertaken specialist training in the writing of expert witness reports and the provision of evidence in person.

Jonathan provides advice to both claimants and defendants and on occasion has acted as Single Joint Expert.

Jonathan has also provided advice in criminal cases to the Police and Trading Standards.


Jonathan has been involved with the design of a wide variety of buildings and structures, ranging from alterations at residential properties to multi storey buildings.

Jonathan can provide practical common sense advice on alterations to residential properties, supported by calculations using the latest industry standard design software.

Party Wall Advice

Jonathan has acted as both Building Owners Surveyor and Adjoining Owners Surveyor on many occasions.

Through Jonathan’s experience of inspecting a wide variety of buildings and structures, he is able to bring a practical knowledge of buildings to the Party Wall Award process.

Jonathan has also acted as Agreed Surveyor and the Third Surveyor.

For independent advice on the “Party Wall etc Act” you can visit the government’s website at:



Jonathan is happy to provide a without obligation fee proposal for all of your structural engineering and Party Wall needs.

To protect both parties, all quotations must be in writing and a copy of the Terms and Conditions will be provided with each quotation.

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Mobile:          07768411808

Email:            JDS@BriarPI.com