Expert Witness

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

Able Acoustics Expert Witness in Acoustics & Noise Control 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 and are these directly relevant to the subject of their expertise?

• Is the expert registered with a relevant professional body such as the Institute of Acoustics, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health or the Chartered Institute of Building?

• Do they also hold any professional qualifications or certification to demonstrate their competence?

• How much relevant experience do they have in their field? Have they been responsible for any significant projects or have they held any positions of responsibility within their project team?

• 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 those who might claim expertise, only accredited experts have been thoroughly vetted by appropriate legal practitioners and 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?

• Do they hold any position of responsibility within their professional body?

• Have they ever been cross examined?

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

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

Able Acoustics 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 been accredited as an expert witness in the field of Acoustics and Noise in the UK.

Should you consider engaging us as experts, we are currently the only accredited experts based in Kent in the field of Acoustics and Noise, click here for more details.