Examples of Expert and Dispute Work

CONFERENCES, PRESENTED PAPERS, DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND WORK AS EXPERT  

Apr 82           Chaired two-day seminar on "Changing Style in Architecture" in Nicosia for the Cyprus Architects' Association. 
             
Jun 83

           Presented paper "Stylistic Reconstruction" to plenary session, Second World Biennale on Architecture, Sofia--paper awarded third prize out of about 100 ("Honour Diploma" from Union of Bulgarian Architects).
             
Jun 83

          Presented paper "Stylistic Reconstruction" to plenary session, Second World Biennale on Architecture, Sofia--paper awarded third prize out of about 100 ("Honour Diploma" from Union of Bulgarian Architects).
             
Nov 84

          Invited lecturer on architectural theory to Mimar Sinan University, First Technical University, and Trakya
University schools of architecture, Istanbul, Turkey. 
             
Feb 86

          Participant sponsored by my institution at Teaching Architecture and Engineering conference, Havana, Cuba.
Delivered paper and was conference panelist. 
             
Nov 91

          Expert report on historical character of window installation for a domestic listed building Grade II*in High
Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. 
             
Jun 92


          Architectural consultant to Troika Productions Ltd for television film "The Empress and the Architect"—about 
historical architectural work by Charles Cameron in St Petersburg for Catherine the Great.  Director: Anna
Raphael. 
             
Nov 93           Expert consultant to building firm on party wall bylaw requirements and construction performance requirements.
             
Apr 94

          Expert report on imprecise construction cost estimates on a listed church for dispute between the church council, Riverhead, Kent, and architects.  
             
May 95

          Expert report on likely amount of lost earnings by a principal architect who suffered critical injuries in a road 
accident. Instructions to support a loss of future earnings claim.  
             
Sep 95


          Expert opinion to Planning Service Committee of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on environmental
impact of proposed extension to the Thamesbrook Elderly Persons Home in Chelsea.  Instructions from an ad
hoc group of neighbours and local residents.
             
96-98

 
          Expert opinion on lost earnings by a leading principal architect deliberately run over in a "road rage" case who
was incapable of continuing work. The case turned on the question of the value of architectural talent and
the anticipation of very high future rewards.
             
Jul 96


          RIBA-appointed Senior Architectural Assessor for South Hill Park Competition, an arts centre in a listed building
in Bracknell, Berkshire.  I wrote the brief, shortlisted competitors, and chaired the jury that selected the overall
winners. 
             
Jan 97-
May 98
          Expert opinion on shortcomings in the work of architects previously employed by a property company,
on a listed building Grade II* in London N20, advising on the merits and quantum of an appropriate claim. 
             
Apr -
Oct 98

          RIBA-appointed Senior Architectural Assessor for Limavady Arts Centre and Museum Competition, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. I wrote the brief, shortlisted competitors, chaired the jury, invited finalists for interview,  administered the choice of winner, and wrote the post-competition jury report for professional and 
public information. 
             
Oct 98          

Jointly appointed adjudicator to settle a reasonable basis for fees where there were vague terms of agreement
between a London architectural practice and an international film company.  The professional quality of work had to be taken into account. The parties had the option of taking the decision to arbitration or litigation, but agreed my adjudication. 

             

Aug - 
Nov 99 

 

             Expert opinion on defects in a large domestic building extension with roofs of different heights, pitches and 
materials at Dulwich that led to water penetration and condensation.  I was instructed to analyse the extension’s
design, its metal and other materials, the supervision of the building contract and the construction, assessing
the professional standard and the architect’s duty of care for a claim.  I also advised on various tests and works as remedies for the problems.  
             

Nov 00

 

          Expert opinion for a restaurant critic whose kitchen of professional standard had been defectively built.  
She was in disagreement about fees with her architect and contractor.  My analysis avoided litigation by clearly
analysing the design, stating facts, duties, responsibilities and limits, and led to an equitable settlement. 
             

Oct 01 

          Expert opinion on fire hazards in occupied premises in Enfield.  Solicitors required my expert opinion about 
whether the construction conformed with relevant building and/or fire regulations.
             
Feb 02            Single joint expert on a dispute between an international architectural practice and an international construction 
firm for an airport hotel in Granada, Spain.  The issues were planning approval, design quality, professional
liability, and fees. The parties settled after my report, before litigation.  
             
Nov 02- Aug 03           

Expert opinion on failure of roofing systems at a prominent seafront building, Brighton.  My expertise concerned 
some 
technically complex issues involving roofing, roof pitches, drainage provisions, condensation and vapour.  
The case involved the relative financial exposure of four different parties. 

             
Mar 03           

Expert investigation and opinion on negligence and liabilities involved in faulty skylight and other design, interior 
design and construction issues, large domestic addition, Wimbledon.  

             
Feb 04          

Expert for dispute over fee claims and negligence involved in unrealised planning application for a tall hotel
building at Vauxhall. Involved my making a reasoned assessment of what an achievable planning application
should have secured, related to fees and liability.

             
Aug 04

         

Joint negotiation with opposing expert and report on behalf of owners of a converted property whose architect
had been refused building consent after commencing work.  Involved liabilities that had to be assessed and 
cost-scaled over six years. 

             
Sep - Oct 04          

Expert for professional indemnity insurance company in a case on behalf of an architectural practice.  The claim alleged the 04 practice’s miscalculation of allowable development in planning a housing subdivision, and alleged negligence. 

             
Jul 05

         

Single joint expert in dispute between client and architect over fees and professional competence, West London
residence.

             

Feb 06

 

         

Expert concerning issues of competence, professional standards, negligence and duty of care in the architect’s design and submissions for approval for a house extension, reconstruction and renovation in Surrey.  The house was in danger of collapse as a result of the architect’s mistakes. 

             

Jun 06

 

          Advice to retail client about enforcement notice for alleged listed building violation concerning signage in Victoria
Station concourse.  My work included negotiations with Westminster Council and submission of an agreed
retrospective listed building consent application.
             
Dec 07            Advice to owners of a large house in London and action on their behalf about party wall notice infringements by 
the hospital next door.  The hospital’s insurers fully settled the owners’ claim.  
             

Aug 07

 

          Single joint expert in a dispute between the architect and the owners of a large restaurant, Birmingham, 
concerning fee charges and alleged professional negligence in interior design and certifying workmanship and 
completion of builders’ work,. Asked to act as mediator midway in the proceedings, I set the terms, mediated 
successfully, and drafted the signature agreement for full settlement between the parties. 
             

Jan 08    
                                    

 

 

         

Client Design Advisor to condominium management committee of a large converted former docklands
warehouse.  
My ongoing brief includes advising the committee on planning a complete maintenance and
improvement 
programme, preparing a budget and advising on value, establishing priorities and settling on
a work flow plan 
consistent with the desired expenditure over time, writing general and particular briefs
(including performance 
specifications when necessary), advising on interior design, assessing design quality,
advising on building 
regulation requirements and health and safety regulations, advising on the selection of
surveyors, builders 
and others for the works’ execution, advising on materials and methods in the context of
costs, managing, 
assessing and reporting on the work of others, conducting site visits for supervision and
post-completion 
examination of works for defects to be remedied.

             

Apr 09 


          Expert for dispute over adherence to building regulations by a design-and-build team on a contract with a 
charitable community housing association set up by a local authority in the Midlands as an arm’s-length 
affordable housing provider.  
             

Nov 09

          Expert opinion on liability, costs and damages due to the negligence of the architect arising from the inefficacy 
of his specification for waterproof tanking in building works on the claimant’s property. 
             

Nov 09

         

Adjudicator in dispute between architects and the building committee of a university on a claim for damages 
against the architects’ skill, competence and adherence to building requirements. 

             

Jan -
Aug 10

          Expert opinion on fees; the fair quantum meruit payment to an interior designer who had been discharged before
the work was complete.  The work was an elaborate and costly interior in London for the foreign chairman of an 
international oil company, and my complex instructions included the preparation of a Scott schedule for
all 
rooms acceptable to the court that both parties would agree on 
             

Apr - 
Nov 10

          Expert for owners of a large listed domestic property in a case centering on overcharged professional fees.
The case required investigation of  the architect’s multiple failures including comprehensive violations of the
professional code, allegations of collusion with the contractor, not warning the client about the contractor’s
financial difficulties prior to insolvency, and allegations of criminal damage. 
             

Dec 10

         

A piece of modern furniture I designed—a dining chair on wheels—was acquired by the Victoria and Albert
Museum 
for their permanent collection.  It will be in a design show at the museum commencing Sep 2011. 

             

Jun 11 - 

          Report to the Tuxedo Park Architectural Review Board, Tuxedo, New York, on the structural risk implications of proposed nearby blasting. I considered the impact and explosion stresses on soil slopes, retaining walls and footings with respect to the architecture and site structural security of a large historic house built into a cliff face hanging out over a dropping gradient. 
             

Jul 11 -

         

Consultant on restaurant property development, improved design and efficient business management for a
popular 
restaurant in Belvedere-Tiburon, Marin County, San Francisco Bay. 

             

Jan 12 - 

          Appointed by the Society of London Theatre as panellist for the Olivier Awards 2012 in Opera.
             

Aug 13 -

          Expert for an architectural practice as defendants in litigation about the fire safety of their modified industrial 
standard building that they had adapted for use as a student hall of residence.