> Overview
> Expert Witness
> Dispute resolution
> Management of
> health & safety

> Building pathology and
> defect investigation

> Roofs and roofing
> Research work
> Asbestos & DDA Surveys
> Pre-design advice


Expert Witness
A prominent aspect of our work involves the provision of expert witness services in connection with mediation, adjudication, arbitration and litigation in construction disputes. We prepare detailed appraisals of causes of failure with recommendations for remedial works, including cost estimates. We also consider and advise upon allegations of negligence by consultants.

For a list of our areas of specialism see Building pathology and defect investigation. We are also able to advise on patent and copyright matters for component and system manufacturers and on behalf of architects, building owners and contractors. We have recent experience in the giving of evidence in the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) having attended the TCC in London and Liverpool for recent cases. We are also instructed as Single Joint Experts in a number of matters.

We have taken instruction from solicitors, insurers, loss adjustors, legal departments, building owners, contractors and other consultants. Since 1979 we have received instructions from the following:

1982, 1990 Kennedys, Sheffield
1983, 1988, 1989 Elliott & Co, Manchester
1984 Michael C Short & Co, Newcastle
1984 Stephenson Harwood, London
1985 Basil P Mellon & Co, Gateshead
1986 Wilkinson Maughan (now Eversheds), Newcastle
1986 Samuel Phillips & Co, Newcastle
1986, 1993 David Gray & Co, Newcastle
1988, 1990, 1993 Watson Burton, Newcastle
1988 (2) Mallen & Walton, Newcastle
1988 Mark, Gilbert, Morse, Newcastle
1988 Pepperell, Machin & Williamson, Scunthorpe
1989 Slater, Smith, Sherwood-Smith & Co, Sunderland
1989 & 2000 Hay & Kilner, Newcastle
1989 Freedman & Co, London
1990 MacRoberts, Glasgow
1990 Richard Reed & Co, Sunderland
1990 John Foley & Co, Newcastle
1990 Jacksons, Middlesbrough
1991 Pritchard Englefield & Tobin, London
1991 Hayton Winkley, Kendal
1991 & 1992 Alastair Thompson & Partners, London
1991 Geoffrey Lurie Solicitors, Newcastle
1991 Darlington Borough Council Legal Department
1991, 1992 & 1996 Vaux Group plc, Sunderland
1992 Carrick Carr & Wright, Hull
1992 Portnell Ward & Rose, Hexham, Northumberland
1992 Ingledew Bottrell (now Eversheds), Newcastle
1992 Richmonds, Newcastle
1983, 1984, 1985, 1988,
1992, 1993 & 1996 Dibb Lupton Broomhead, Sheffield and Leeds
1993 Hammond Suddards, Manchester and Leeds
1993 Dickinson Dees, Newcastle
1993 Robert Muckle, Newcastle
1994 Linsley & Mortimer, Newcastle
1994 Eaton Smith & Downey, Huddersfield
1995 Browne Jacobson, London
1995 Benson Burdekin/Flint & Co, Sheffield
1991 & 1996 Deas Mallen Souter, Newcastle
1996 Hewitts, Bishop Auckland, County Durham
1997 Sharpe Pritchard (on behalf of Sunderland City Council), London
1997 Williams Davies Meltzer, London
1998 Masons, London
1999 Alderson Dodds, Blyth, Northumberland
1999 Swallow Group plc, Legal Department, Newcastle
1999 Sinton & Co, Newcastle
2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007 Fishburns, London
2000 Thring Townsend, Bristol and Swindon
2001 & 2008 Patterson, Glenton & Stracey, South Shields
2001 Brockbank, Tyson & Company, Whitehaven
2002 Norcliffe & Co, Huddersfield
2002 Linklaters
2004 Hugh James, Cardiff
2004 Weightmans, Manchester
2006 Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Birmingham
2006 Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Leeds
2006 Fisher Jones Greenwood, Colchester
2007 Brabners Chaffe Street, Liverpool.
2008 DWF Limited, Liverpool
2008 Cayton & Co, London (SJE)
2008 Cayton & Co, London
2008 Ford & Warren, Leeds (SJE)
2008 Simmons & Simmons, London
2008 Fishburns Solicitors, London
2008 Weightmans, Liverpool
2009 Rogers & Norton, Norwich
2010 HCCI, Cardiff
2011 Bendles, Carlisle
2012 Hay & Kilner Solicitors, Newcastle
2012 Ellisons, Colchester (SJE)
2012 Connell Associates, Liverpool (SJE)
2012 Neil F Smith. Solicitor Advocate, Edinburgh
2012 pgslaw, South Shields
2012 Cunningham Lindsey International, London
2012 Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, London
2013 Watson Burton, Newcastle / Hiscox Underwriting Ltd, Colchester
2013 Charles Russell LLP, London/Gilford.
2013 Williamsons Solicitors, Whitley Bay/Hexham.

Building owners, contractors, manufacturers and other consultants from whom we have taken instructions include:

Tarmac plc
Tees Valley Development Corporation
Dow Chemical Co Ltd
Sunderland Borough Council
Tyne and Wear Development Corporation
Miller Group
Costain Dow Mac
Safeway plc
Sir Robert McAlpine
Tolent Construction
Cheviot and Wansbeck NH Trust
Westfield Contributory Health Scheme, Sheffield
Sedgefield Steeplechase Co Ltd
National Glass Centre
Mowlem plc
A & E Wright, Architects, Belfast
Durastic Ltd
The Cheltenham Ladies' College
DuPont de Nemours
Durham County Council
Kirklees Council, Huddersfield
William Sapcote and Sons, Birmingham
Kier Northern
Newcastle City Council
Tynedale District Council
Michael A H Highton RIBA
C & J Foods Ltd, Cardiff
Westmorland Motorway Services Ltd
Apex Roofing Services LLP, Colchester
Countryside Properties (Northern) Ltd
The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Ltd. Carlisle
EcoTherm Insulation (UK) Ltd.
Pearmain Ltd., Leicester
SOL Construction.
Bruce & Hyslop (Brucast) Ltd. Liverpool
Elite Structures Ltd.
HCC International Insurance plc.
Bellway Homes.
G Grigg & Sons Ltd, Musselburgh.
Kier Construction Ltd.
CW Davis Ltd, Northumberland.

In addition we regularly act upon instruction from private clients and building owners throughout the UK in connection with building disputes concerning residential properties.

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