In legal matters, expert witnesses are required to provide impartial, specialist knowledge on matters imperative to the outcome of the case. Judges and juries may base their opinion on the information provided by the witness, in confidence that it is based on in-depth knowledge and understanding, and not biased. Under Civil Procedure Rules, an expert witness must be independent and present their expert report to the court.
Thanks to the expertise of our business units, RSK Group can offer expert witness services for a wide range of cases, including cases regarding agriculture, cladding, air quality and acoustics. Our teams are experts in their field, combining a deep understanding of their service area and extensive experience, enabling them to provide accurate, detailed advice for legal matters.
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Our services support the legal community in understanding complex matters and enable judges and juries to make well-informed, just decisions. We serve as an objective party to lawsuits, providing specialist knowledge on matters while remaining impartial. Our senior professionals are experienced in providing expert reports, participating in experts’ meetings and ultimately, giving evidence in court or during arbitration, inquiries and mediation.
The provision of professional knowledge is essential in many cases where a deep understanding of complex background knowledge is necessary. Without factual, impartial information, legal matters are more likely to take longer to settle, resulting in higher costs for both parties, or, in a worse-case scenario, may come to a conclusion that is unjust. RSK Group’s expert witness services allow clients to be confident that legal matters are settled based on accurate information and knowledge.
We pride ourselves on our ability to provide bespoke support that is tailored to suit any project size or type. We have supported cases of national and international significance, including assisting the police, Crown Prosecution Service and defendants in criminal cases. Our services are based on compliance with the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR 35) and complimented by the wide range of related services we offer, which includes ecological services and assessment, and forensic consultancy for civil and structural engineering.
Clients trust our teams to provide professional knowledge for legal matters, with confidence that our information is based on extensive training, certifications and experience. Our witness services are impartial and provide the legal system with the facts to base their decisions on.
We provide expert witness services for building material and structural failure disputes and we are experienced in litigation cases involving asbestos.
Ecology and rural sciences
Our team contains experts in agriculture, agronomy, arboriculture, soil and land drainage, who can provide robust evidence for criminal prosecutions and defense. Our ecologists supply ecological data to inform land use change, new infrastructure projects and large-scale planning applications.
Health and safety
RSK Group contains specialist health and safety experts who provide support on general compliance matters, industrial safety, food safety, construction safety and fire. We have a dedicated team for matters regarding asbestos and legionella and can provide expert witnesses specializing in these areas.
Land contamination, geotechnics and engineering
Our team has assisted in dispute resolution cases relating to the liabilities associated with contaminated land. We have also provided geotechnical evidence concerning foundations, pipelines and other infrastructure, and specialist engineering expertise to assist with flooding and sustainable drainage issues.
Planning and environmental impact assessments
We have supported numerous clients in obtaining planning consent on a wide range of continuous projects through expert witness services for key environmental impact assessment areas, including archaeology and cultural heritage, ecology and landscape and visual impact.
Waste management and compliance
RSK Group has experience in multiple waste-related expert cases involving construction waste.
We can provide expert witness services for matters regarding transport assessments and traffic management.