Our expert witness's specialized opinions within their scope of expertise is a respected and invaluable resource to our clients.
Expert Witness Services from Chilworth
A high degree of education, training, skill and experience underpin Chilworth's Expert Witness services. We have the expertise and specialised knowledge in process safety second-to-none, and regularly give expert opinion on behalf of our clients on which they can fully and legally rely.
Based on our broad, practical process safety experience developed around the World over the past quarter century, our witness's specialized opinions (scientific, technical or other) about evidence or fact within their scope of their expertise, has been a respected and invaluable resource to our clients for many years.
The range of consultancy services Chilworth provide typically includes:
- Dust / Gas / Vapour Explosions
- Electrostatic Hazards
- Hazardous Area Classification
- Chemical Reaction Hazards
- Chemical Process Optimisation
- Classification, packaging and labelling requirements
- Hazard and risk assessments particularly with regards to
- ATEX / DSEAR / CAD legislation
- Assistance with safety management documentation including the Explosion Protection Document (EPD)
- Major Hazards (Seveso II / COMAH)
- IEC 61508/61511 SIL Determination
- Occupied Buildings Assessments
- Incident Investigation / Expert Witness
- Fire Risk Assessments
The value of impartial, expert opinion is underpinned in England and Wales by theCivil Procedure Rules 1998 (CPR), recognising that an expert witness is required to be independent and rigorous, addressing his or her expert report to the Court in a focussed and understandable way.
Independent of instructing lawyers, our expert opinions can assist resolution of cases earlier, by producing a joint statement summarising points of agreement and disagreement for a court or tribunal. This meeting is, especially if our experts review and influence opinion, can help avoid substantial trial costs where parties in dispute agree a settlement before it comes to court. In most systems, the trial (or procedure) can be suspended to allow experts to study the case in detail and produce their results. Most frequently, this meeting of experts occurs before a trial begins thereby saving expense and time in court.
As is common practice, our experts charge a professional fee which is paid by the party commissioning the report (both parties for joint instructions) although the report is addressed to the Court. This fee is never contingent on the outcome of a case to ensure our high standards of impartial, professional and respected opinion are upheld and recognised.