Howard acts as Expert Witness, both as Party-Appointed Expert (appointed by one party in a dispute) and Single Joint Expert (appointed by agreement of both or more parties) in a dispute.
Expert Witnesses are normally appointed after proceedings have been issued, but not always. Expert Witnesses are appointed when it is expected that there will be a court hearing and both written and oral evidence will have to be presented, ultimately, to the Court.
To help facilitate settlement before attending Court, the parties' experts often meet and attempt to narrow issues and document agreement in a joint statement. Frequently, after this stage, if successful, disputes can be settled by agreement between the parties.
Appointments are usually made when a Court Order has been issued, requiring an expert or experts to be appointed by the parties in order to assist the Court understand the technical issues and allow it to make a fair judgement.
Howard is used to working with solicitors and barristers and accepts instructions from both claimants and defendants.
Howard is an RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) accredited Expert Witness. He chairs the RICS Expert Witness Accreditation Scheme and sits on the RICS Dispute Resolution Working Group. In addition, Howard is an accredited Member of the Academy of Experts and is a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators.