Role: Director, Forensic Expert Witness
Office location: London
Joined the team: November 2019
Base has a growing Forensic Expert Witness team with an excellent reputation at home and abroad. Once I was offered the chance to join, it was an easy decision to make.
What were you doing previously?
I’ve previously worked in Nottingham and London, advising main contractors and specialist subcontractors. I’ve been appointed in adjudication proceedings regularly since 1999, with that becoming the main focus of my workload over the last 10 years or so. Recently, I’ve been receiving more appointments to act as an expert witness in adjudication, litigation and also mediation.
What skills and qualities do you feel you bring to Base?
I have a lot of experience within adjudication proceedings as expert and advocate, for a very wide range of clients. I’ve seen lots of different types and sizes of dispute from different perspectives and can call on that experience when faced with a fresh challenge in a new case.
What would you consider to be your area of expertise?
My main experience is in quantifying claims for loss and expense or damages and assessing and valuing changes to works. No matter what the size or nature of the dispute, it very often all boils down to what changed, who should pay and how much it should cost.
What would you like to achieve in your first year at Base?
I’m looking forward to working on more arbitrations and am particularly keen to get some more cross examination experience under my belt.
What about your new role is most exciting for you?
The prospect of working on large international projects as part of a large team is particularly exciting.
My aim is to build a reputation as a solid, sensible and reliable expert. Longer term, I would like to carry out some work as an Adjudicator too.
Do you have an accomplishment that has shaped your career?
I worked on my first adjudication in 1999, when I was still a part time student. The process was more informal back then, without the large body of case law and the formal structure we have today. It was my first experience of dispute resolution and it set me off on the course I have spent the last twenty years following.
What would your biggest piece of advice be to those starting in the industry today?
Try and experience different aspects of whichever role you find yourself in. Don’t get too focused on what you think you ‘should’ be doing too early on. Find out which areas you enjoy and concentrate on them.
Cooking, writing, comedy and walking the dog whilst listening to a podcast. My days of playing sport are, unfortunately, a long way behind me.
Where did you grow up?
In Grantham, near Nottingham. It’s famous for two things: Isaac Newton and Margaret Thatcher.
What motivates you?
I actually enjoy what I do for a living and I get satisfaction from having done a good job.
How would your family and friends describe you?
I dread to think. Probably something involving being tall, clumsy and ‘hasn’t he put a lot of weight on recently?’