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Expert Witnesses

The team has a wealth of experience in providing expert advice and evidence in litigation, adjudication, arbitration (overseas and domestic) and mediation.

All experts within the team are skilled at giving initial, privileged and impartial advice on the strengths and weaknesses of a client’s potential case. The experts draw on their professional experience of the relevant industries, having held senior positions at consultants and contractors prior to commencing expert work. They all continue to be involved in projects, closely following legal and technical developments. Recent instructions have been across the UK and in France, the Gulf States, and Australia.

Most Ridge experts have been cross-examined numerous times; all can give oral evidence should the matter progress to that stage.

Additionally, experts at Ridge have the flexibility to call on extensive support within the practice. With over 600 staff, no commission is too large or too complex. Assistants used are high-calibre and appropriately-qualified, often with extensive prior experience of providing support to experts.

Key Experts

Lucy Osborne
Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer (FICE) and Chartered Arbitrator with 25 years of experience.

A fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE) and fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) with 25 years’ experience, including six years in Dubai. Experienced in the design of steel, concrete, masonry and timber building structures, project management, the design process, and FIDIC contracts. Given evidence on numerous occasions.
Recent feedback from a client’s counsel: “Thanks, again, Lucy for your work. You were magnificent.”

losborne@ridge.co.uk
+44 7753 309 983
Andrew Coombe
Chartered Builder, expert Delay Analyst and experienced Planning Manager with 25+ years of experience.

Previously a planning manager for a number of national contractors. Works extensively providing expert advice and evidence to clients on matters ranging from residential, to education, to highways. Has been cross examined twice.

acoombe@ridge.co.uk
+44 7724 619 202
Edward Strouts
Chartered Structural Engineer with 20+ years of experience.

Experienced in designing steel, reinforced concrete, masonry, timber and water-retaining structures, basements, structural alterations and refurbishments, as well as in project management. Has been cross examined.
Darren King
Chartered Geotechnical Engineer, Environmentalist and Engineering Geologist with 25+ years of experience.

Expertise in the assessment of soils and rocks and in the interpretation of site and ground investigations to provide design parameters for a wide range of infrastructure and site development works. Has undertaken geotechnical design in relation to slope stability, coastal defences, highways, railways, ports, and engineered containment for landfill, including gas abstraction and leachate systems.
Jaz Bilkhu
Chartered Quantity Surveyor with 20 years of experience.

Chartered QS who specialises in providing expert quantum advice and evidence for adjudication, arbitration and litigation. Project experience includes rail, tunnelling, bridges, highways, buildings, nuclear decommissioning, power, telecommunications and security in the UK and Overseas. Comprehensive and in-depth working knowledge of various forms of contract including NEC, FIDIC, ICC, ICE, JCT.
Simon Ball
Chartered Surveyor with over 20 years of experience.

Accustomed to working on high-profile, large disputes both in the UK and overseas. Particular expertise in resolving complex issues, especially where such situations involve mechanical and electrical installations.
Clive Norris
Project Manager, Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Employer’s Agent with over 20 years of experience in private practice and with contractors.

Regularly acts as an expert, providing detailed analysis of contractual documentation, claims for loss and/or expense and extensions of time. Additionally, is a Chartered Arbitrator.
Claire Clark
Researcher with over 10 years of experience of legal support.


All Expert Enquiries
cclark@ridge.co.uk
+44 7860 734 659