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Expert Advice

If you have a problem with an installation or you are in dispute with an installer or supplier, you may need to employ an Expert Witness to provide a report or to give advice.

If you are acting on your own and the value of the claim is under £10,000.00 it will almost certainly be categorised as a Small Claim. It is unusual to have expert witnesses in Small Claims and in fact you need the permission of the court before you can engage one and rely on the expert's evidence.

Remember too that if you engage an expert, first he or she can be asked questions by the other side and second, you MUST disclose the existence of the report to your opponent, and it is more likely than not that you will have to disclose the report in its entirety.

Before appointing anyone to provide expert advice, enquiries should be made with the person in question to confirm that they have the relevant expertise, are suitably qualified for the matter in hand and hold all relevant insurances including professional Indemnity and public liability.

Certain aspects of an appointment may require separate registration, for example a gas installation or fittings, and the Expert should be asked to provide the relevant details before being appointed.

Current Court policy requires the engagement of a Single Expert to act on behalf of both parties in a dispute (A Single Joint Expert).

Enquires should be made to confirm that the Expert is able and willing to act as a Single Joint Expert. If there is any doubt as to what services are required you should discuss this with your Legal Advisors.

All Experts are obliged to comply with the Civil procedure Rules and undertake that their first duty is to the Court.

If you want to engage an expert you should ask his charge rate and ask for a copy of his or her CV. If you are allowed to use an expert and you and your opponent are unable to agree the identity of who to select, it will be done by the judge administering the case who will insist on knowing the expert's charging rate and his CV.

You may not find an Expert in your particular area, however all of those Experts on our list are willing to provide initial advice over the phone or by E-mail with no charge.

The list below comprises members of the CIPHE registered with the Engineering Council who undertake expert witness work and provide expert advice. The list has been provided in good faith for guidance purpose only.

Mr S A Walsh MSc CEng FCIPHE MCIBSE MSoPHE S A Walsh Consulting Engineers & Expert Witness Ltd

Address: 27 Passey Place P O Box 24223 LONDON SE9 5ZH

Phone: 0208-850 1918 Fax: 0208-850 6869 Email: sawalsh@btconnect.com Website: www.sawalsh.com
Mr I J Simpson Eng Tech MCIPHE RP Water Services Consultant

Address: 1 Tanners Lane Hathern LOUGHBOROUGH Leicestershire LE12 5JG

Phone: 01509 646161 Fax: 01509 646161 Email: Ian@twentylands.freeserve.co.uk Website: www.waterconsultants.co.uk
Mr H M Eldred Eng Tech MCIPHE RP Astec Consultant Services

Address: PO Box 150 STANMORE Middlesex HA7 1SG

Phone: 0208-426 0148 Email: info@asteccs.co.uk Website: www.astecconsultantservices.co.uk
Mr P N Osborn IEng GI Fire E FCIPHE Osborn Associates Ltd

Address: South Barn, Crockham Park Crockham Hill EDENBRIDGE Kent TN8 6SR

Phone: 01732 860460 Fax: 01732 860468 Email: admin@osbornassociates.com Website: www.osbornassociates.com
Mr L C Bassett IEng MCIPHE Leslie Bassett IEng MCIPHE

Address: MEP Associates - Pegasus London Road CROWBOROUGH East Sussex TN6 2TX

Phone: 01892 669978 Fax: 08712 425325 Email: mepauk@tiscali.co.uk
Mr E Mace Eng Tech, LCGI, FCIPHE RP Eric Mace - Consulting Engineer

Address: 10 Bluebell Close Stanton Hill SUTTON-IN-ASHFIELD Nottinghamshire NG17 3NE

Phone: 01623 511150 Email: eric.mace1@virgin.net Website: www.ericmace.co.uk
Mr N L Green IEng FCIPHE RP NLG Associates Ltd

Address: Davina House 137-149 Goswell Road LONDON EC1V 7ET

Phone: 0207-253 0358 Fax: 0207-253 5008 Email: info@nlgassociates.co.uk Website: www.nlgassociates.co.uk
Mr R A Hurst FCIPHE RP RAH Consultancy

Address: 29 Lower Monk Street ABERGAVENNY Monmouthshire NP7 5LU

Phone: 01873 737519 Email: richard@rahconsultancy.com Website: www.rahconsultancy.com
Mr D K S Waites IEng FCIPHE RP MRSPH ACIOB AIWEM MSoPHE DKS Waites - Public Health Engineering Ltd

Address: 4 Fraziers Folly Siddington CIRENCESTER Gloucestershire GL7 6HR

Phone: 01285 641321, 07977 567664 Email: ken.waites@tesco.net
Mr R Bralsford LCGI Eng Tech FCIPHE RP Bralsford Brown & Associates Ltd

Address: The Technology Centre, Advanced Manufacturing Park Brunel Way, Catcliffe ROTHERHAM South Yorkshire S60 5WG

Phone: 01709 540348, 07960 266749 Email: russ.bralsford@bralsfordbrown.com Website: www.bralsfordbrown.com
Mr C P Topp IEng FCIPHE RP The Topp Partnership Ltd

Address: The Topp Partnership Ltd, Bwthyn Maes-Glas Tramroadside EDWARDSVILLE Mid Glamorgan CF46 5NS

Phone: 01443 413183 Email: colin@toppw.co.uk Website: www.thetopppartnership.co.uk
Mr D R Shaw IEng FCIPHE RP Genever & Partners

Address: Keyes House Dolphin Square LONDON SW1V 3NA

Phone: 0207-828 6894 Fax: 0207-630 1224