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Experiences of being an Expert Witness in construction disputes, Warrington

  • Lecture
  • Warrington
  • 22 March 2018
  • 18:00 - 20:30
Experiences of being an Expert Witness in construction disputes, Warrington

About this event

In this talk Brian Clancy will recall some of the experiences of how, as a civil and structural engineer and building surveyor with some 50 years` experience in the building industry, he became involved, by chance, in advising protagonists, who had resorted to legal disputations to resolve their differences.

Brian is not a great supporter of disputations that rely too heavily on legal management of the arguments – and certainly not of going to court (if it can be avoided). He believes that going to court is, in principle, a failure, unless the matter is extremely complex or an issue upon which crucial legal clarification is required. Most other instances are, in his view and from his experience, exercises in 'bullying', inefficiency, dishonesty, arrogance or stupidity.

It is important to appreciate that most well-conducted dispute 'cases' (the vast majority) are resolved without ever getting to court, so the 'expert' aspect is required far more often than the 'witness' part. Most expert witness roles in building and engineering disputes are in civil law cases, but some do occasionally arise in criminal cases, particularly where injury or fatality is involved.

This is a joint event with IStructE (Lancashire and Cheshire Branch).

Refreshments will be served from 18:00, with the presentation starting at 18:30.

Parking for this event is free. Please ensure to get your parking ticket validated by a member of staff on arrival.


For more information, please contact:

Antje Budge
t: 07866 033143
e: antje.budge@hotmail.co.uk


Brian Clancy JP, B.Sc(Eng), CEng, FICE, FIStructE, FCIOB, MRICS, FAConE.

Brian Clancy

ISE Branch Chairman (1984/85) and ISE President (1996/97); National Chairman ACE (2000/01).

Consulting Engineer based in Manchester; founder of Brian Clancy Partnership - now Clancy Consulting. Wide construction industry experience; Author and joint author of numerous professional publications and papers covering subsidence damage to buildings also the inspecting, assessing, reporting on and altering buildings and structures.

Sometime University Governor, School Governor and Local Authority elected Councillor.

Event venue

The Centre
Birchwood Park
Warrington WA3 6YN
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Janice Parkinson

e: janice.parkinson@ice.org.uk