Disputes concerning the specification or installation domestic windows and doors can be disruptive and costly for all parties - increasingly so the longer they continue.
Now RISA can help. We’re excited to be launching our new Expert Witness service aimed at helping parties to such disputes resolve them quickly and decisively.
Expert Witness assistance from RISA experts
Our RICS accredited experts focus on residential window and door installations and can act as a single joint expert or as a party appointed expert and produce high quality reports in line with the Civil Procedure Rules for expert witnesses.
Our main areas of Expert Witness expertise include:
- Domestic window and door installations
- Building Regulation compliance inspections
- Specification disputes
- Operating to British Standard 8213-4
- CPR compliant reports
We can provide Expert Witness services for either party directly involved in a dispute, act on behalf of legal teams, or, in the case of larger disputes, for organisations including local authorities and private and public sector landlords.
Our RISA assessors will provide initial inspection and reporting that may in itself prevent escalation of a dispute. Should the issue remain unresolved, we can then provide expert witness services, acting as a single joint expert or as a party appointed expert and produce a high quality report in line with the Civil Procedure Rules for expert witnesses.
Impartial support to help expedite dispute resolution
Dave Mechem, RISA Director of Operations and highly regarded for his expertise, says it was a natural progression to formalise the service following unprecedented demand for such support: “RISA has unparalleled inspection expertise in the glazing industry and it therefore makes perfect sense that we provide Expert Witness services for trade federations, local authorities, solicitors and homeowners alike.”
RISA Assessor Manager Lee Galley has already been involved in the resolution of many such disputes: “Our expertise and impartiality are readily accepted when we have been asked to adjudicate and disputes are then quickly resolved, sometimes ending disagreements that have gone on for some time. Where once we would have been asked to intervene informally, the creation of the RISA Expert Witness Service means that potential users may gain expertise earlier in the process.”
Unparalleled window and door installation expertise
RISA is one of the sector’s most authoritative and respected expert organisations and part of the GGF, the UK’s foremost representative body for the glass and glazing industry.
We are a UKAS-accredited Type A Inspection Body and the sole provider of inspection services for FENSA, the replacement window and door industry’s largest and longest established Building Regulations compliance scheme.