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EXPERT WITNESS & ADR

Forensic Technical Services for Civil and Criminal Engineering Disputes
Settle Out of Court - Alternative Dispute Resolution
Practical Guidance before seeing a Solicitor
Civil Procedure Rules 1999

Our Record

We have undertaken expert witness work in England, Scotland & the United States since 1998.
As applicable, our submissions are made strictly according to the Civil Procedure Rules of 1999.
These stress the primary duty of an expert as to the Court, in the role of independent advisor.

Not all our commissions are necessarily intended for litigation by the expert witness process. We have a strong record in ADR, independently or with instructing solicitors, and most of our cases are settled out-of-court, to general benefit and satisfaction.

Instances

Whilst other sections report examples of our Forensic Engineering and general consultancy work, the following case illustrates our practical approach to the expert witness process and was remarkable for failures at each stage of the resourcing chain:

The Environment Agency had been called in response to complaints of excessive vapour plume emission from the exhaust stack of a shell & tube boiler, fired by wood waste from the furniture factory where it was installed. The system was losing water, although visual inspections had showed no defect. Our investigation proved this to result from the boiler having been built using faulty tubes: the seam welder had "missed" a significant length of run as the formed section passed through the mill. Notedly, inspections at tubemill, stockholder, converter and the boiler manufacturer had all passed unremarked. The affected tubes sprang apart when cut through, as shown in the photo on our Forensics page. Summary Judgment was obtained and applied.

Capacity and Workscope - Typical completions in this sector:

Failure of refrigeration machinery at fish processing plant
Structural integrity of a pair of steam ploughing engines
Fridge-freezer investigation for BBC "Watchdog"
Flawed soft drinks manufacturing line