Expert Witness

A Quick Guide to Choosing an Expert and What You Need to Know

Image When you need to instruct an expert, the most important thing is to be clear about what it is you require from the beginning. An expert’s fees can vary from £50 - £250 per hour, sometimes more, depending on their level of experience and their location, so it is important to know just how much they will charge at the outset.

To instruct an appropriate expert you should also consider the following points:

• What are their academic qualifications? Do they hold any postgraduate qualifications?

• Is the expert registered with a relevant professional body such as the Institute of Acoustics?

• Do they hold any professional qualifications or certification that can demonstrate their competence?

• Have they been thoroughly vetted and accredited as an expert witness by a body such as the Academy of Experts? It is worth noting that unlike registered experts, only accredited experts have been thoroughly vetted by appropriate legal practitioners as well as other experts working in the same field.

• Do they hold any form of Chartership, or other forms of recognition of their professional competence from a relevant body such as the Engineering Council?

• Have they been responsible for any significant projects or held any positions of responsibility?

• Have they ever provided oral evidence or been subject to cross examination?

• Are they a good communicator? Can they provide information in a clear and concise manner?

• Do they speak any additional languages?

• What other work have they undertaken related to their field of expertise? Do they give lectures; hold seminars, write technical papers, etc?

At Able Acoustics we are able to yes to each of the above points. We have technical staff who have excelled in their work, and at the time, one of our team was the youngest ever expert to have be accredited as an expert witness in the field of Acoustics and Noise in the UK.