The role of the quantum Expert advisor can be two-fold:
- Expert Witness and advisor
- Expert advisor
Where a dispute is in its early stages and not at the point where Expert Witness testimony is required, it is not uncommon to appoint an expert advisor. The advisor can advise on a number of issues relating to the dispute.
The quantum expert advisor may be appointed at the outset as an advisor to a client with the intention of not providing evidence to a tribunal in the event of proceedings. In this scenario both the expert advisor, the client and the client’s legal team are able to assess the dispute and set a strategy without the concerns of the obligations the Expert has to the tribunal.
During the early stages of a dispute, advice can help identify the strengths and weaknesses of the dispute. A fresh pair of objective eyes can often see elements of a claim or defence that may not be that obvious to the parties.
It is a fact that the majority of construction disputes are financially related. Often Lindford Consulting are asked to provide advice on the quantum matters of the dispute. As experts in the field of Quantity Surveying, we are well placed to provide Expert Advice on the following matters:
- Providing advice relating to the strengths and weakness of the dispute
- Providing an assessment of probabilities of success
- Valuation of Contract Works
- Issues relating to quantification
- Issues relating to liability and valuation of variations and contract changes
- Assessment of loss and/or expense, arising out of delays and disruption
- Expert advice on interpretation of contract documents such as BoQ, Pricing schedules and contract data.
- Initial consultation client’s legal representatives
- Preparing schedules and narrowing of the differences
- Preparation of Expert Advice Reports
- Attending at without prejudice meetings with the intention of early settlement
If formal dispute proceedings have commenced, we are able to provide expert advice and guidance on the statement of the claim or response in defence. Let us help you assess the evidence prepared or to be provided, to support the parties’ position.
In providing this service, Lindford Consulting work closely with and support our client’s legal team. We provide regular updated draft advice. This allows our instructing client and their team to know their position at the earliest possible time and able to make informed decision at each stage of the process.
If you or your instructing legal advisors would like to discuss how we can help you, please contact us on 01727 861 510 or email by clicking here.