Expert Witness

We have been actively involved in all aspects of the building profession for over 30 years and can provide Expert Witnesses specialising in various areas of construction, surveying and building practice. 

From issues with a domestic extension, to disputes relating to the defective construction of a tower block, Easton Bevins provides Expert Witness services for a huge variety of different projects across various aspects of construction, surveying and building. 

We are instructed on a regular basis by solicitors across the country to produce Expert Witness Reports in compliance with the Civil Procedure Rules which are now mandatory in County Court and High Court cases. Members of our practice have been involved in a number of high profile cases (many reported in the national media), some of which have now set legal precedent. 

We are regulated and approved by:

  • The Law Society
  • The Expert Witnss Institute
  • The Society of Expert Witnesses
  • The Academy of Experts
  • The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

our experts

Members of this practice have been involved in  high profile cases which have now set legal precedent. 

Chris Easton
Construction Disputes

Chris is one of the founding Partners of the original practice and is now a consultant heading up the Litigation and Expert Witness Department.

c.easton@eastonbevins.co.uk

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Mike Bull
Boundary and Land Disputes

Mike is responsible for managing the practice, maintaining and improving client relationships and developing the business.

m.bull@eastonbevins.co.uk

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Richard Sherwood
Construction Disputes

Richard, an Associate Director at Easton Bevins, works predominantly with the litigation department, preparing CPR Part 35 compliant Expert Witness Reports.

r.sherwood@eastonbevins.co.uk

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James Manning
Boundary and Party Wall Disputes

James, an experienced Surveyor, has been dealing with Party Wall and Boundary related matters for over 15 years both in Bristol, London and nationwide.

j.manning@eastonbevins.co.uk

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Martin Durkin
Construction Disputes

Martin is a Chartered Building Surveyor with considerable experience. He is responsible for technical and regulatory matters within the practice.

m.durkin@eastonbevins.co.uk

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Chris Easton
FRICS C.Build.E

Chris is one of the founding Partners of the original practice and is now a consultant heading up the Litigation and Expert Witness Department.

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Mike Bull
ICIOB MEWI

Mike is responsible for managing the practice, maintaining and improving client relationships and developing the business.

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Richard Sherwood
MEng (Hons) GDipSurv MRICS

Richard, an Associate Director at Easton Bevins, works predominantly with the litigation department, preparing CPR Part 35 compliant Expert Witness Reports.

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James Manning
MRICS

James, an experienced Surveyor, has been dealing with Party Wall and Boundary related matters for over 15 years both in Bristol, London and nationwide.

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Martin Durkin
BSc (Hons) MRICS MIFIREE

Martin is a Chartered Building Surveyor with considerable experience. He is responsible for technical and regulatory matters within the practice.

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Types of dispute

Our Expert Witnesses have in-depth knowledge and experience of working on dispute resolution cases.

Construction Disputes

If you have a difference of opinion with your contractor, or if you are a builder and you have a disagreement with a client or subcontractor, you are likely to need to resolve your disputes through arbitration, adjudication, County Court or High Court.

Your solicitor will advise you on the best route to find a solution, but whichever process is chosen, a CPR Part 35 compliant report from an Expert Witness on liability and quantum will be required by the Court or Adjudicating Authority. 

With our extensive experience of the construction process, we can support you all the way from preparation of reports up to court appearances.

Please contact Chris Easton, Martin Durkin, or Richard Sherwood for further information on how we can assist you.

 

Professional Negligence

As experts in the field of Building Surveying, we are fully conversant with the standards that surveyors are expected to meet. Unfortunately, sometimes the advice you receive from your professional advisers falls short of this standard, whether during contract administration, a pre-purchase survey or during the design phase.

We have acted on multiple cases where clients have incurred loss due to negligent advice; these disputes can be settled via various forms of ADR or litigation. Our expert surveyors will work closely with your legal team to produce CPR Part 35 compliant reports that will be required to further your case.

We can support you all the way from preparation of reports up to court appearances. Please contact Chris Easton, Martin Durkin, or Richard Sherwood for further information on how we can assist you.

 

Contract Disputes

Construction Contract Disputes occur either when work is not up to a standard expected, or when a contractor is not paid for work that they have done and thought was of an acceptable standard. 

With our extensive experience of the construction process, we can support you all the way from preparation of reports up to court appearances.

Please contact Chris Easton, Martin Durkin, or Richard Sherwood for further information on how we can assist you.

Boundary Disputes

Boundary, neighbour and land disputes have become a more common occurrence in recent times due to the increase in property prices and land values.  If you find yourself in dispute with your neighbours, our Expert Witnesses have in-depth knowledge and experience in this area.

Our expert surveyors will work closely with your legal team to produce CPR Part 35 compliant reports that will be required to further your case. We can support you all the way from preparation of reports up to court appearances.

Please contact Mike Bull or James Manning for further information on how we can assist you.

Party Wall Disputes

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings. Unfortunately, in some cases people do not to follow these procedures.

With in-depth knowledge of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, we are able to offer Expert Witness services to support our clients. Our expert surveyors will work closely with your legal team to produce CPR Part 35 compliant reports that will be required to further your case. 

We can support you all the way from preparation of reports up to court appearances. As part of our service we offer 30 minutes free advice (by phone) under the RICS advice scheme for domestic situations. Please contact Mike Bull, James Manning or Richard Sherwood for further information on how we can assist you. 

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