Architect Expert Witness

An independent expert opinion coupled with knowledge of the formalities is what you require when you’re faced with a conflict that needs resolving. I have been taking appointments as an architect expert witness since 1995 and have given evidence in the Technology and Construction Court, in the County Court, in arbitration, in construction adjudications and in mediations. Due to the Wolfe reforms most matters now settle, so oral evidence is quite often not required.

Experience you can count on

You want someone you can rely on, and who has the relevant history to help your requirements. My architectural experience covers more than 25 years and I have worked on both new build and refurbishment projects in the UK, from which I developed my interest in contract administration and construction law. You can be safe in the knowledge that I have ongoing connections with architectural practices and other consultants whom I regularly provide architect service and advice and thus keep in such with recent developments and current practice which all helps to serve you.

Requirements I adhere to

I am fully aware of the requirements under CPR 35 for an architect expert witness to provide an independent opinion irrespective of the views of the instructing party and I endeavor to comply with this requirement when preparing architect expert reports. As an accredited architect expert with the Law Society, I adhere strictly to this requirement to provide all parties with a fair and reasonable outcome.

Get in touch

If you think I can help you as an architect expert witness please do not hesitate to get in touch. Listed below some of the work I have undertaken

Private client:
Works carried out in liaison with Building Surveyor to extend Listed flat into under road vaults. Works carried out without LBC. Advice and report given regarding failures of Building Surveyor. Litigation underway.

House owner and architect (Single Joint Expert):
Joint instructions given in relation to defects on private house in West Wales. Report prepared and issued to parties, after which case settled.

Advice and report to developer regarding architect’s defective design of new build residential flat development in South Wales. Litigation ongoing.
Professional indemnity insurers Report provided in connection with claim of negligent design against architects regarding conversion of commercial premises in North London into flats.

Main contractor:
Report on defects in new-building in Dorset where sums were being withheld by Employer and the Defects Liability Period provisions had not been correctly administered. Contractor went into administration and claim being pursued by building owners against architect.

Partners in dental practice:
Report provided relating to defective design and inadequate contract administration on new build dental surgery in Devon. Attended mediation and dispute subsequently settled.

Design and build contractor:
Report on £4M claim against design and build contractor on hotel refurbishment project in Central London. Met with Claimant’s experts. Attended CMC hearings in TCC. Case settled by insurers following liquidation of contractor.

Professional indemnity insurers:
Report on £1M claim against architects in NI regarding residential development on exposed site on top of existing multi-storey car park. Issues related to water ingress and flat roof waterproofing. Visited site, met with Claimant’s expert. Dispute settled prior to trial.

School governors:
Dispute relating to roofing on school extension in Surrey. Following impasse between school’s roofing expert and the defendant architect’s expert, produced a short report and met with opposing architect expert. Case subsequently settled.

Private client:
Celebrity client’s refurbishment project in London had vastly overrun and overspent. Prepared report which identified many shortcomings in the consultant team. Claim of £1.5M. Attended multi-party mediation at which dispute settled

You can trust me to get it right

Matters on which I have been employed as an architect expert witness and provided expert evidence include: roofing; structural waterproofing; cladding; doors and windows; mechanical services; stonework; floor tiling; external rendering; plastering; completion defects; Listed Buildings; design at Planning; specification and detailed design; contract administration; timber framed housing; soundproofing; masonry design; valuation and certification; overspending; service provided by architects; by building surveyors and by interior designers.

My instructions have come from both Claimants and Defendants. Claimants have included contractors, subcontractors, private residential clients, commercial building owners, consultants, leaseholders and development companies. Defendants are normally architects, via their professional indemnity insurers.

As well as acting as a party expert, I have experience as a single joint expert both in providing reports and giving evidence in Court.