Expert Witness Experience of Seth Handley RIBA

  • Practising Member of the Academy of Experts,
  • been Cross Examined in Technology and Construction Court,
  • been Cross Examined in architects registration board inquiry,
  • been appointed Single Joint Expert concerning Final Account dispute for development in Haringey,
  • has over 33 years experience working on design of buildings in architects’ offices,
  • has been a Registered and Chartered architect for 22 years,
  • has experience concerning residential, commercial, health care, Olympic swimming and hotel projects,
  • has experience at all stages of the design process from inception, planning, building control, tender documents to administering a contract,
  • has prepared reports for land owners, developers, main contractors, specialist sub-contractors, local authorities, architects, consumers.

Examples of matters have provided expert architect reports upon;

  • whether architect was negligent designing a housing development that encroached deeply into a patent rock face,
  • whether architect was negligent in the design of a housing complex with laminated ground floor beams that failed within 6 years,
  • whether architect was negligent in design of local authority office whose roof leaked, ground floor failed, decking failed within 6 years,
  • whether architect was negligent in not providing extensions of time promptly leaving this till after the project reached practical completion,
  • whether architect was negligent in providing a Professional Consultants Certificate for a new housing development,
  • whether architect was negligent issuing a Practical Completion Certificate with substantial patent defects when builder became bankrupt,
  • whether architect was negligent in certifying too much work was complete, at the point his builder friend repudiated agreement,
  • whether architect and specialist roofing contractor were negligent, in breach of contract in the design and re-roofing of a Listed Town Hall,
  • whether architect was entitled to fees he sought for a project, completely different to the project the client had instructed him to design,
  • whether architect was negligent in the contract administration of a new lead roof for a London Townhouse that quickly split and leaked,
  • whether builder was in breach of contract when employer terminated the contract, without notice, based on defective surveyor advice,
  • whether design & build contractor was in breach of contract with emplyer constructing dental surgery that breached Building Regulations,
  • whether specialist glazing contractor was in breach of contract, responsible for water entered a food preparation factory in North London.