An expert witness is a person whose level of specialised knowledge or skill and qualifications in a particular field enables them to present their opinion about the facts of a case during legal proceedings.
The role of the expert witness is to provide relevant and impartial evidence in his or her area of expertise to assist the decision-makers in understanding and forming their own opinion in often complex matters where they do not have the expertise.
A witness is not allowed to give their opinion on a set of facts; however, an expert witness is allowed. The expert witness provides a method of looking at the set of facts and their opinion is taken as an act of faith by the arbitrator. They are required to prepare a report which is submitted as evidence for any legal proceedings. They then may be called upon as an expert witness in relation to their report during the legal proceedings.
Samuel is an Expert Witness on the AIQS Panel of Expert Witnesses. The AIQS, Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, is the accreditation body for quantity surveyors in Australia and requires CQS designation members to have a minimum of 10 years professional experience. Samuel has over 30 years’ experience, qualifications and accreditations to be able to provide his opinion in quantity surveying matters such as defect disputes, contract disputes, construction cost disputes and the like. So, if you need assistance in your legal proceedings, feel free to contact us or have your solicitor contact us today.