William Bates BSc (Hons), Dip.Arch., RIBA, ACIArb

Expert Witness

I have over 25 years experience as an Expert Witness in construction disputes of all kinds. I have particular experience involving claims of professional negligence and disputes concerning professional fees between client and architect. I undertake work primarily within Kent, Surrey, Sussex and London, but I have worked elsewhere within England and Wales.

I have been appointed both as a party expert witness and as a single joint expert to evaluate evidence and provide opinion . Most of my instructions are from solicitors (or occasionally, barristers) and I am happy to be instructed at an early stage of a dispute to make an assessment of the issues involved and the chances of success, whether acting on behalf of the claimant or the defendant. I have appeared at both formal and informal hearings and mediations and I have High Court (Technology and Construction Court) experience. I am listed with the UK Register of Expert Witnesses and in the publication Expert Witness, Expert Consultant. References from solicitors are available on request.

Party Walls
I have extensive experience in party wall negotiations and disputes, particularly in London (where I practiced until 1990), acting both for the developer / private owner and the adjoining owner.

I also have extensive experience in planning negotiations, formulating and presenting planning and Listed Building applications and appeals, including appearing at both formal and informal hearings.

If you'd like to find out how I can help you with your next project, I'd love to hear from you

Independant Architect with RIBA Chartered Practice status and Member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, with extensive Expert Witness experience, both as a party Expert and as a Single Joint Expert, in the following areas:

Architect Professional Negligence and Fee Disputes.
Architect / Client /Builder Disputes
Party Wall Disputes / Town Planning disputes
Building Defects arising from New Build, Conversions,
Refurbishments, Alterations and Extensions, particularly in the Domestic Sector.
Proficient in the analysis of evidence and the preperation of Reports. Public Inquiry and High Court experience.
Registered with the UK Register of Expert Witness. Waterlow Legal, X-Pro and Expert Witness.’Member of the Society of Expert Witnesses’ and ‘Listed on the RIBA panel of Expert Witnesses’.
UK wide coverage

Tel: 01435 812 973