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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/ Advisor 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/ advisors 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 Expert witnesses and advisors 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 for their 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 CV.

You may not find an Expert witness/ advisor in your particular area, however all of the Expert witnesses/ advisors 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. Members renew their status on this list on an annual basis.

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:
Mr R Bralsford LCGI Eng Tech FCIPHE RP 
Bralsford Plumbing & Htg Expert Witness & Consultancy Services Ltd.
Head Office: 32 Sandringham Drive Sutton on Sea LINCOLNSHIRE LN12 2JP
Phone: 01507 201178
Alternate Phone: 01754 465445   
Mobile: 07401 389038 Email:   Website:
Mr H M Eldred Eng Tech MCIPHE RP 
Astec Consultant Services
Address: PO Box 150 STANMORE Middlesex HA7 1SG
Phone: 0208-426 0148   Email:   Website:
RAH Consultancy
Address: 29 Lower Monk Street ABERGAVENNY Monmouthshire NP7 5LU
Phone: 01873 737519   Email:   Website:
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:   Website:
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:   Website:
Mr H Reed B.Ed (Hons)  IEng FCIPHE RP
Reed Gas Safety Consultancy Limited
Address: 27 Bronllys Grove, Coedkernew, NEWPORT, Gwent, NP10 8EH
Phone: 01633 815501  Mobile: 07977 937277     Email:
Mr A Robertson Eng Tech FCIPHE
Clean Energy Consultancy Ltd
Address: PO Box 272, NORWICH, Norfolk NR18 8EH
Phone: 07886 562483   Email:  
Mr David C Sales MIET FCIPHE
Mr David C Sales MIET FCIPHE - Consulting Engineer & Forensic Expert Witness
Address: 19 The Byeway, HASTINGS, East Sussex, TN34 2AY
Phone: 01424 428946  Email:   Website:
The Topp Partnership Ltd
Address: The Topp Partnership Ltd, Bwthyn Maes-Glas Tramroadside EDWARDSVILLE Mid Glamorgan CF46 5NS
Phone: 01443 413183   Email:   Website:
DKS Waites - Public Health Engineering Ltd
Address: 4 Fraziers Folly Siddington CIRENCESTER Gloucestershire GL7 6HR
Phone: 01285 641321, 07977 567664   Email:
Mr. Stephen Walsh. Msc., C Eng., CMIOSH., C.WEM., FCIWEM., FCIPHE., MCIBSE., MSoPHE.
S.A WALSH Specialist Consulting Engineers & Expert Witness Ltd.,
The Forensic Engineering Consultants to the Legal Profession.
Address: 27, Passey Place, Second Floor Offices,Eltham, London SE9 5DA
Phone: 0208 850 1918,  Mob: 07786070333, Email: