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Within our network of associate accommodation expert witnesses, we have architects and building surveyors who are able to provide an accommodation report following an assessment of the current and future accommodation needs of the Claimant. Because of their extensive and diverse experience, they can adopt a creative and innovative approach in finding the right solution for each individual Claimant.

The accommodation report will take into account the Claimant’s clinical needs and limitations, family preference and the practical realities of their current home, in view of the range of challenges they face.

All appropriate options are considered by the associate accommodation expert witness, including adaptations to the existing property, new build requirements and the purchase or adaptation of an alternative property following the ruling in Swift v Carpenter (2020), with reference to relevant building regulations, planning consents and other professional obligations.

Our accommodation experts have experience in:

  • Performance of architects and contractors regarding design and construction defects
  • Conservation building techniques
  • Working with amputees, wheelchair users and clients with profound learning and physical difficulties as well as Spinal Cord Injurys
  • Minor and major refurbishment work
  • Historic buildings
  • Legislative and regulatory standards
  • Building pathology and building limitations
  • Inclusive and adaptive design

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Christopher Woodman

Chris started his professional career as an architectural technician in a number of prestigious practices, where he gained significant experience of undertaking projects, including constructing new inclusive residences, or adapting existing buildings to suit the future needs of the occupants. This included both minor and major refurbishment works, making properties fit for occupants with specific needs and requirements. This work gave him experience of both how to principally adapt buildings but also how to produce detailed specifications and drawings to procure the construction work as well as extensive knowledge of architecture and how to adapt buildings of all differing types and ages. Chris is an advocate of inclusive and adaptive design throughout all areas of his work and specialises in difficult property adaptations to meet specific medical needs. He considers his strongest quality to be the manner and diplomacy of how he conducts himself professionally in all given circumstances.

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Chris Woodman

Expert Witness

Architectural Expert

Sam Thompson

A widely qualified and skilled Chartered Architect with more than 24 years design and construction management experience in the UK and internationally. A creative, astute and resourceful individual, whose has managed multi-million-pound projects, through all stages of the RIBA plan of work covering a wide range of building types. Within the last six years the specialist area of working as an expert witness / assessor and assisting clients with occupational health and claim disputes. Specialist training has been undertaken with the ‘Academy of Experts’ in writing expert reports and presenting in court. Technical knowledge and experience has been gained in handling disputes and approaching professional differences of opinion with understanding, whilst maintaining professional integrity and independence.

Sam Thompson

Expert Witness

Architectural Expert

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