Expert Witness

Several of our consultants have extensive experience in preparing CPR compliant reports for all types of building defect. In addition they have acted as expert witnesses in relation to highly technical cases involving complex heave damage, retaining wall failure, landslips and foundation failure.

An Expert Witness is normally appointed and instructed by a party’s solicitor although this may not always be the case, especially if the dispute has not yet got as far as arbitration or litigation.

Solicitors considering action have an option of receiving a brief and cost effective technical opinion report.  This can enable an informed decision on pursuing a recovery case.

The expert is there to ascertain the facts, in an objective and impartial manner and to report and interpret those findings in order to assist in a decision.  They are obliged to discuss all aspects of the case within their expertise, even if this is to the detriment of the instructing party.

It is normal practice for both party’s to have their own experts, however sometimes the use of a single joint expert is agreed, in order to settle a non-litigious dispute, or to keep costs down where legal action is being considered.

We provide experienced independent expert witnesses who provide written and oral expert evidence. Each are fully aware of their responsibilities and duties when carrying out this role. Expert Witness testimony may be called for in mediation, conciliation, adjudication, arbitration or litigation.

Typical cases could involve the following

  • Tree related subsidence or heave
  • Disputes regarding the nature and scope or failure of sub-structure work
  • Collapse of retaining walls
  • Structural damage due to the action of third party construction work
  • Third Surveyor in Party Wall disputes
  • Disputes on the standard of construction work