Surveyors Naismiths has appointed Kevin Marshall as a director of building consultancy.

The firm is ramping up its expert witness and dispute resolution capability in response to the rapid growth of the UK’s distressed property market.

Marshall, who is a chartered building surveyor and former board member at Rendall & Rittner, is a well-known and respected figure in the property management sector.

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Gareth Belsham, head of building consultancy at Naismiths, said: “These are challenging times for the UK property sector, and as an industry we are being tested like never before.

“Both developers and lenders are being understandably cautious, but the rapid growth of the distressed end of the market is offering new opportunities.

“Naismiths is strong in part because of the quality of our people, but also because of our agility and diversification. We offer three clearly defined service lines, and by redeploying our talented teams in response to market demand we are able to thrive in good times and bad.

“Kevin’s pedigree and industry contacts are second to none, and we’re delighted to welcome him aboard. His building surveying and pathology expertise will be invaluable as we consolidate our existing strengths and boost our technical expertise and dispute resolution capability.“