> 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, and in connection with adaptation to property consequent upon personal injury claims, particulary those arising from road traffic accidents.

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 experience in the giving of evidence in the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) having attended the TCC in London and Liverpool. We are also instructed as Single Joint Experts.

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:

2024 FBC Manby Bowdler Solicitors, Shrewsbury.
2023 Sheridan Gold LLP, Surrey.
2023 Caytons Law, London.
2023 NPLaw, Norwich.
2022 Caytons Law, London.
2022 Hawkswell Kilvington Ltd. (Leeds).
2022 Sintons LLP, Newcastle upon Tyne.
2022 Hay & Kilner LLP, Newcastle upon Tyne.
2021 Hickman Construction Law Ltd. (Bromsgrove, Worcestershire)
2021 Hawkswell Kilvington Ltd. (Wakefield)
2021 Sintons LLP, Newcastle upon Tyne.
2020 Motorcycle Law Scotland, Edinburgh.
2020 Kennedys LLP, London.
2020 Hawkswell Kilvington Ltd. (Wakefield).
2019 Caytons Law, London.
2018 DAC Beachcroft, Scotland LLP.
2018 Hawkswell Kilvington Ltd. (Wakefield).
2017 DAC Beachcroft Solicitors, Leeds
2017 DAC Beachcroft Solicitors, Newcastle upon Tyne
2017 Caytons Law, London.
2017 Chandler Harris, Manchester (SJE).
2017 Platt & Fishwick Solicitors, Wigan (SJE).
2016 DAC Beachcroft Scotland LLP.
2016 Hawkswell Kilvington Ltd. (Wakefield).
2016 Davies Blunden & Evans (Yateley, Hampshire).
2016 Travelers Insurance Co. Ltd. (Manchester).
2016 Mills & Reeve LLP (Manchester).
2015 Freshfields (London).
2015 BLM Law (Manchester).
2015 Mason Baggott & Garton (SJE).
2015 Bridge McFarland (SJE).
2015 Watson Burton (Newcastle & Leeds).
2014 DAC Beachcroft Solicitors, Newcastle upon Tyne.
2013 Williamsons Solicitors, Whitley Bay/Hexham.
2013 Charles Russell LLP, London/Guildford.
2013 Watson Burton, Newcastle / Hiscox Underwriting Ltd, Colchester.
2012 Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, London.
2012 Cunningham Lindsey International, London.
2012 pgslaw, South Shields.
2012 Neil F Smith. Solicitor Advocate, Edinburgh.
2012 Connell Associates, Liverpool (SJE).
2012 Ellisons, Colchester (SJE).
2012 Hay & Kilner Solicitors, Newcastle.
2011 Bendles, Carlisle.
2010 HCCI, Cardiff.

1979-2009 Archive of previous instructions.

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

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

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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