Dispute Resolution & Expert Witness

We help our clients resolve the disputes that cost businesses disruption, delay or reputational damage. Prevention is always better than cure. If a dispute arises, or is likely to, our highly experienced team act quickly to help clients avoid long and costly resolution.

Benefit from independent dispute advice

As independent advisors, we prepare a neutral evaluation that gives an objective analysis of the problem, and clear direction on how to resolve it. We specialise in exploring issues around time delay, mounting costs, financial risk and procurement, so clients are able to make informed commercial decisions.

We establish the likely damages, assess any possible counterclaim and review the potential for early settlement.

Should your dispute escalate, we are qualified to provide testimony under cross-examination in both litigation and arbitration - whether as party appointed or single-joint experts.

Our 3 areas of specialism in Dispute Advisory include:

Forensic delay analysis

As well as their own sector experience, our forensic delay experts are trained in all leading project management software packages, to help clients facing challenges with construction planning and programming.

Using packages such as Primavera, Asta PowerProject and MS Project we analyse complex schedules/programmes to address delays, disruption and evaluate entitlement to extensions of time.

Our analysts are familiar with the different techniques applied to the analysis of delay claims including:

  • Planned v actual
  • Impacted as-planned
  • Collapsed as-built
  • Time impact
  • Window analyses

Cost/quantum analysis

Drawing on our heritage in cost management, our experts have many years of experience managing project finances from tender stage through to settlement of the final account. They adapt this experience to deal effectively and efficiently with financial matters in dispute. 

They routinely evaluate prolongation costs, entitlements to loss and expense, lost opportunity profits, cost escalation, improper accounting and other financial irregularities.

Contract advisory services

Our dual-qualified advisors – trained in quantity surveying and law – specialise in helping clients identify and avoid risks when procuring contracts and managing contract changes. 

Our team are well versed in successful procurement strategies and creating binding contracts and agreements.

We also advise on project management (design), construction monitoring, inspections, certification and management, and supply chain management.

Rely on our expert witness services

Our expert witness and advisory team prepare detailed independent and incisive reports for arbitration and litigation and give oral testimony under cross-examination.

Their services include the analysis of delay and disruption, quantum, professional negligence, loss assessment and adjustment, building defects surveys as well as specialist advice on the NEC forms of contract. We have a proven record as CPR Part 35 experts.

Gleeds’ expert witnesses specialise in:

  • Delay & disruption
  • Quantum
  • Professional negligence
  • Loss assessing and adjusting
  • Building defect surveys
  • Specialist advice on NEC forms of contract

Case study

To help illustrate the complex cause of a severe delay to a critical path of a major inner city project we prepared a 4D animation. Presenting the scenario visually at an adjudication made it accessible to a non-technical audience and resulted in a settlement being agreed.   

Case study

We acted as the delay expert witness for a major civil engineering contractor on a rail earthworks project in South Africa, helping to achieve a generous multi-million settlement and avoid the high costs of arbitration.