The courts require expert evidence that involves property-related matters, most frequently valuation, but also boundary disputes and defective building work.
Reports are required to be compliant with the Lord Chancellor’s Civil Procedures Rules (CPR 35), the latest amendment to which came into force on 31st May 2021. Expert witness reports have to be prepared by an individual; we prepare reports for both claimants and defendants either as a single joint expert or party-appointed expert. Reports must be impartial; our first duty is to the court. From time to time, we attend court and give evidence, but on many occasions, after a thorough review of the situation, we can provide advice that results in a settlement being negotiated between the parties.
If the matter goes to court, the court will want to know the relevant qualifications and experience of the expert so that it can weigh up its authority. There are many instances of an ‘expert’ witness being challenged and being embarrassed for a response. It is a false economy to employ an expert witness based on cost.