Need an Expert Witness?

In an ideal world an Expert Witness would be unnecessary.  Building projects would always start and finish on time, standards of workmanship would be exemplary, costs would be fair and reasonable.   Happy clients, happy professionals

In the real-world things don’t always work that way.  If a dispute arises and the parties involved can’t come to an agreement, then the services of an Expert Witness may be called upon.

It’s a key role.  If a dispute goes to court, evidence put forward by an expert witness could be a deciding factor in the judgment handed down.

With so much at stake, choosing the right person is vital.  But what should you look for?  What makes a good expert witness?

What should you look for?

Obviously, an expert should be just that, expert in the appropriate field.  But, expertise alone doesn’t make an expert witness.

An expert witness should be trained in compliance with Civil Procedure Rules.  This will cover familiarisation with courtroom protocol ensuring that the expert witness is comfortable and confident in what can be an intimidating environment.  It will also cover report writing.  A good expert witness will write a report in a methodical manner, concisely and in plain English.  There are no prizes for complex syntax, the court requires clear technical analysis and opinion.

Ask to see a CV.  Follow up references.  Check your expert witness’ qualifications with their professional body; find out if they are members of an expert witness organisation.  If possible scrutinise previous cases on which they have provided reports.  Was their evidence commended or criticised?  Did it lead to an appeal?

An expert witness case doesn’t always go to trial; sometimes the report is sufficient to settle a case.  But, if it does, you want an expert witness to have some seniority, be confident (but not arrogant), credible and speak with authority.

The timescales for expert witness reports are dictated by legal process, so prompt communication and the ability to stick to the prescribed timetable is vital.  How busy is your expert?  Are they easy to get hold of?  It is important that your expert witness can not only work to a deadline but has the capacity to take on the case. Conversely, is it too easy to get hold of them? Have they retired?  Not necessarily a concern but it is good to have an expert who has maintained ongoing, active links with their area of professional expertise to keep their experience fresh and up-to-date.

And last, but definitely not least, an expert witness is independent and answers to the court not the individual – if they indicate otherwise, leave well alone!

As an established and respected construction consultancy we offer a comprehensive range of specialist skills to the property and construction sectors, including:  Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying, Property Management and Health & Safety Services.

Our Bond Solon (University of Cardiff) trained experts and wealth of experience means we are ideally placed to provide informed expert opinion on issues related to:

  • Architectural Design
  • Building Defects analysis
  • Damp and water penetration issues
  • Boundary/Party Wall Matters
  • Construction Contract disputes
  • Construction Costs & Quantum Meruit
  • Homeowner/Builder Disputes
  • Professional Negligence

For further information contact Simon Jacklin on 0207 3752535

SIMON JACKLIN

SENIOR PARTNER

Simon Jacklin BSC FRICS IMaPS MAE

“ I enjoy the buzz of helping clients unlock asset value in property through innovative design and refurbishment solutions”

I joined the Daniel Connal Partnership in 1994, became a Partner in 1997 and Joint Senior Partner in 2011.  My time is split between fee earning work, the management of the business and business development.

I am a Chartered Building Surveyor, Chartered Project Management Surveyor and an Incorporated Member of the Association of Project Safety.

My areas of expertise are Project Management, Dilapidations, Party Wall Advice and Defect Diagnosis.  I also act as an Expert Witness and am a member of the Academy of Experts.

Outside of work I am a keen sailor and have recently given in to the middle aged man’s craze of cycling around in tight lycra.  I am also a frustrated Ipswich Town Supporter.

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ROBERT DALE

SENIOR PARTNER

Robert Dale BSc(Hons) CEMDipFM FRICS FCABE IMaPS

“I love the teamwork in delivering a project, but relish the knowledge that our singular input is making a real difference.”

I have been joint Senior Partner of Daniel Connal Partnership since 2011, having joined the practice in 1995 and been made Partner in 1999.

As a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Chartered Building Surveyor, Incorporated Member of the Association of Project Safety and experienced project manager, I enjoy helping our clients deliver their ideas for their property through successful building projects.  It is my aim that our staff enjoy their work and that we always provide the best service we can.

When I am not working I enjoy being active and spending time with my family and friends.

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JONATHAN DENNIS

PARTNER

Jonathan Dennis MA, MRICS

“As an experienced Quantity Surveyor I strive to ensure that all of our clients achieve the best possible value for money when undertaking construction works.”

I joined Daniel Connal Partnership in 2011 as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, was made an associate at the start of 2015 and Partner in January 2016.

I have wide ranging experience in sectors across the industry, including Urban Regeneration, Social Housing, Industrial and Manufacture, Education, Defence, Local Authority and Health and have recently enjoyed developing my knowledge of the conservation of buildings with Listed and Ancient Monument status.

When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am a keen cyclist and also enjoy a leisurely walk around the golf course.

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ANDREW LONG

ASSOCIATE

Andrew Long, MEng, MSc, MRICS

“As a surveyor I delight in the opportunity and knowledge that we have a direct impact on shaping the future, bringing buildings back into service and the prospect of leaving a lasting but sustainable impression on the earth.”

I became an Associate in 2011 having joined the practice in 2010.

As a Chartered Building Surveyor, with areas of expertise in Design, Contract Administration, Project Management, Defects Diagnosis, Building Surveys and Dilapidations, I endeavour to provide our clients with the best service to enhance, preserve and obtain the maximum returns on their diverse property portfolios and building projects.

Outside of work I am in demand from my young family and friends in various active pursuits.

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JONATHAN RENSINK

ASSOCIATE

Jonathan Rensink, Tech.IOSH, AIIRSM, IMaPS

“By working hard and supporting others, you won’t be far off the quote that I take great inspiration from. “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort”. Franklin D. Roosevelt.”

I joined DCP in 1999 and was made an Associate in 2013.

A NEBOSH qualified Health and Safety Consultant; my areas of expertise are Health & Safety, CDM 2015 and the provision of Fire Safety and Risk Management advice.

Outside of work I enjoy walking, badminton and football, taking a keen interest in my local football club, Wivenhoe Town.

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JASON FROUDE

PARTNER

Jason Froude BSc (Hons) MRICS

“As an experienced Chartered Surveyor, my number one aim is to deliver success in terms of my Client’s expectations”

Having joined the Daniel Connal Partnership in 2002, I was made an Associate in 2013 and became a Partner in the London office in 2018. I am a Chartered Building Surveyor, with over 15 years experience and a wide ranging skill base over many industry sectors specialising in Project Management, Party Wall, Building Surveys and CDM Advice.

I am a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Association of Project Safety.

Lucky enough to have the Surrey Hills on my door step, I am a keen rambler, cycling enthusiast and lawn bowler for my local Lawn Bowls team. For my sins I am also a Crystal Palace Supporter.

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JOHN READ

ASSOCIATE

JOHN READ BSC (HONS) GRAD DIP MRICS MFPWS RMAPS

“It gives me great pride to take projects from inception to completion whilst working closely with the clients to meet their design and cost expectations through construction knowledge, design acumen and property expertise”

I joined Daniel Connal Partnership in 2003 as a trainee Building Surveyor with a BSc in Geography and then undertook a post graduate conversion course at Anglia Ruskin University. I became a Chartered Building Surveyor in 2010 and was made an Associate of the Practice at the start of 2015.

I am a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Association of Project Safety and the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.

I have a wide ranging skill base over many industry sectors specialising in Design, Contract Administration, Party Wall and CDM Co-ordination.

When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am a keen cricketer and partake in weekly five a side football. I am fortunate to live in the Norfolk countryside and enjoy the benefits of long country walks and sunny days at the beach.

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PAUL COLEMAN

ASSOCIATE

PAUL COLEMAN BSC MCIOB MRICS

“I look to use my varied career experience to the benefit of each client and to produce the best outcome on every project”

I was appointed Associate at the Colchester Office in January 2016 having joined the Practice in January 2015.

I am both a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Chartered Construction Manager and have over 30 years’ experience working in both private practice and for contractors. I also have familiarity with the client’s perspective having overseen redevelopment of the buildings at my Church.

My varied experience & knowledge enables me to provide a balanced view on projects for the benefit of all parties involved in the construction process.

I am a Deacon & Trustee of my Baptist Church in Ipswich; enjoy theatre, visiting National Trust Properties and a game or two of tennis in the summer months.

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COLIN BARNETT

ASSOCIATE

Colin Barnertt BSC, MRICS, MCIOB

“I have been involved on a wide spectrum of projects working with the Client and Design Team. I enjoy seeing the initial concept develop to become a physical space knowing that I have been a part of and have contributed to that process”

I joined Daniel Connal Partnership as an Associate of the Practice in August 2016.

I have over 25 years experience in private practice including being seconded to Client teams and a brief spell of working overseas. During this time I have gained experience in infrastructure, residential, healthcare, education and retail sectors working on projects from inception through to completion

I am a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Builders.

I enjoy playing the electric guitar, cycling around Epping Forest and the occasional round of golf, limited to when the sun is shining.

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RICHARD BEDFORD

ASSOCIATE

Richard Bedford DIP SURV MRICS MCIAT

“As an experienced Chartered Building Surveyor my key aim is always to act with my client’s best interests in mind, delivering high quality building surveying services to them at all times.”

I became an Associate of the practice in November 2016, having joined DCP earlier that year.

I am a Chartered Building Surveyor and Chartered Architectural Technologist with over 28 years experience across a wide range of industry sectors.

A Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, I also act as an RICS APC mentor for the building surveying pathway, helping candidates achieve Chartered status.

When not out surveying buildings I am an avid wildlife photographer and an agency photographer for the RSPB.

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ALASTAIR CLARK

CONSULTANT

Alastair Clark BSc (Hons) MRICS

“It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to be involved with projects, especially seeing a completed building knowing that I have added value by taking a proactive approach to cost and risk management through all the stages of design and construction.”

I joined Daniel Connal Partnership as a Senior Quantity Surveyor in 2005.

Progressing to Associate in 2007, I was made Partner in charge of the Colchester office in 2011, with additional responsibility for Ball Hall (Project Management) Ltd (BHPM) from April 2012, when DCP took over their long time sports hall project management partner.

In January 2017 I became the Managing Director of Ball Hall (Project Management) Ltd.

When not flying the BHPM flag, I enjoy the occasional hack around a golf course or game of football. I am also, for my sins, a life-long supporter of West Ham.

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BOB JUNIPER

CONSULTANT

Bob Juniper FRICS FFB FCIARB

“I see surveying in its various forms as the means of providing one’s own expertise for the benefit of clients….. and satisfied clients make satisfied surveyors”

I joined what was then Daniel B Connal & Partners in 1964 straight from School and retired as Senior Partner of the Daniel Connal Partnership in 2010. I remain actively supporting DCP with its services, particularly those for Ball Hall Projects, whilst acting regularly as a Mediator, Adjudicator, Arbitrator and Expert Witness in my own right.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

My areas of expertise are Quantity Surveying, Project Management, Contract Administration and Dispute Resolution.

When not in the office, family life happily occupies a lot of my time, and I escape to the golf course or fish for trout when time permits. I am also a Trustee of Headway Essex.

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