Expert Witness and Expert Legal Reports

Expert Witness and Expert Legal Reports

Expert witness services are required in legal matters to assist the Court in making informed decisions. The role of the expert witness is integral to providing the Court with the technical knowledge required to resolve disputes.

Lawyers seek the expertise of professionals to provide their expert knowledge and specialised insights to help the court understand the technical aspects of a case.

Expert witnesses are held to high expectations due to their exceptional technical knowledge and are expected to form their own conclusions. Their opinion must be without bias and based solely on verifiable facts.

We are trained and experienced in providing special expert opinion in building defects, combustible cladding and other construction and compliance matters. This includes providing fire safety expert reports, responding to other fire engineering reports, participation in conclaves and attending Court hearings.

We adhere to the Code of Conduct and confidentiality requirements when it comes to litigation and expert reports.

Types of litigation matters

Below is a list of type of litigation matters we have been involved in:

  • Combustible cladding compliance (claims against building certifiers, builders, façade consultants and fire safety engineers)
  • Construction defects assessments (claims against builders under the HBA)
  • Design disputes and litigation
  • Claims regarding installing incorrect products
  • Claims regarding certifying of buildings in Bushfire-affected areas
  • Post-fire investigation insurance claims
  • Identification of responsibilities regarding fire safety maintenance (landlord or lessee)
  • NDIS appeal matters

Size of litigation matters

We have experience in a variety of litigation matters. Building types include residential dwellings, commercial high-rises, factories, restaurants, retail stores, and government buildings. Building sizes range from small stores to large residential building complexes of up 4 towers and 30 storeys in each tower. Claims range between $2M to $750M.

Who retained us

We have been retained by developers, builders, body corporates, certifiers, fire safety engineers and facade consultants on over 30 matters.

In regard to Fire Safety Expert Witness services, we have been engaged by large firms including:

  • Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers
  • Mills Oakley
  • Lander & Rogers
  • Vincent Young Lawyers
  • Clyde & Co
  • HWL Ebsworth

We have also been engaged by smaller firms including:

  • Construction Legal
  • Salim Rutherford Lawyers
  • J Cameron Lawyers
  • DEA Lawyers
  • New South Lawyers

Did any of the cases go to judgment, or were reported?

At this time, all cases are in various stages of completion and are not publicly available or have settled out of Court.

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Case Study Construction Litigation

Case Study Construction Litigation

Case Study: Cladding Court Case  The subject of this case study is a construction litigation case of a mixed-use building in NSW that CJK has been involved with since 2021. The multi-storey building contains a mixture of commercial and retail tenancies and residential...

The Critical Role of Expert Witnesses in Cladding Cases

The Critical Role of Expert Witnesses in Cladding Cases

In recent years, the issue of flammable cladding has gained significant attention in Australia and around the world due to a series of building fires and subsequent safety concerns. Lawyers must navigate through complex legalities and technicalities as legal battles ensue to hold responsible parties accountable for the installation of dangerous cladding materials. To assist with this they engage expert witnesses, including fire safety engineers like Christina Knorr (CJK Fire & Safety). Expert witnesses provide their knowledge and specialised insights to help the Court understand the technical aspects of the case to make informed, binding judicial decisions.