The role of the expert witness is central to litigation, arbitration and virtually any form of dispute resolution, especially in construction, property and other areas of practice with a high technical content.
Stephen MacAllan's skills as an expert witness are based on experience, thorough research, extensive preparation and regular training and skills updates to maintain levels of knowledge in his specialist fields.
Initially, we assist lawyers in investigating the facts and issues and to identify strengths and weaknesses of a case. We assist in assessing technical merit of initiating legal proceedings through to full report writing and onto Court appearances as an expert witness, including High Court. We also undertake technical reports for submission to arbitration proceedings. When negotiation is unsuccessful or inappropriate, we believe in fighting extremely hard, but fair. However, we retain a practical and commercial approach. We actively encourage mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution, wherever practical, rather than going to law. Although mediation is private, informal and flexible, it is non binding (until reaching a signed agreement).
Stephen MacAllan has acted as mediator, single joint expert, expert witness and given expert determinations in matters within his specialist fields. He has given oral evidence in County Courts and in High Court.
Specialist fields covered are:
- Defects diagnosis and defective works
- Boundary demarcation and boundary wall issues
- Professional negligence
- Building surveys (residential and commercial)
- Building pathology
Geographical areas of work covered is usually in Surrey, Sussex, and Hampshire.
It is acknowledged that, in some cases, the need for transparent impartiality may require using a surveyor some distance from the subject property or the location of either party to a dispute, so work is undertaken further afield.