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 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, disputes settle.
Appointments are usually made when a Court Order has been issued, requiring an expert or experts to be appointed to assist the Court with its decision making.
Howard is used to working with solicitors and barristers and accepts instructions from both claimants and defendants.
Howard is Chair of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Expert Witness Accreditation Scheme and sits on the RICS Dispute Resolution Working Group. In addition, Howard is a Member of the Academy of Experts. The Worshipful Company's Charter mandates the Company to "foster the profession of arbitration and other forms of private dispute resolution and to afford means of professional and social intercourse and the exchange of information" between those involved with the various forms of private dispute resolution.