Steven Docker Associates design homes for severely disabled individuals throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. This experience provides us with the “hands-on” practical experience necessary to provide the Court with accurate and impartial reports in cases of Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury claims.
All the members of the Expert Witness Department have secured the Certificate of Expert Witness Accreditation from Cardiff University Law School.
Over the past 37 years we have prepared Expert Witness reports in cases involving:
Instructions are received from Solicitors representing Claimants, Defendants and Insurance Companies. Joint reports are also produced for the Court on behalf of both parties.
We are able to assist on such matters as:
An assessment showing the increase in domestic running costs as a consequence of both the disability and the changed home environment. Our work is considered to be high quality and cost effective. We cover the whole of the UK and occasionally abroad.
The opinions expressed as an Expert Witness will always be impartial, unbiased and objective in order to be of maximum independent assistance to the Court. When producing expert witness reports to assist the Court in matters of our expertise, that duty overrides any obligation to those instructing us or their Clients.
We always comply with the requirements set out in Part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules and the accompanying Practice Direction, the Protocol for the Instruction of Experts to give Evidence in Civil Claims, and the Practice Direction for Preaction conduct. All reports are prepared in accordance with the Code of Practice for Experts. Reports prepared for the Court comply with the requirements of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, as expressed in its guide to best practice entitled “Surveyors acting as expert witnesses”.
As the Principal of the practice, Steven Docker co-ordinates the activities of the primary divisions within the firm. But his main role is as an Accommodation Expert Witness. He assesses the accommodation needs of individuals who are disabled and specialises in designing schemes for the adaptation of homes to suit their needs. He has over 37 years’ experience as an Expert Witness specialising in designing for the disabled and supervising the adaptation of properties and the construction of purpose built dwellings specially designed for disabled individuals.
Solicitors instructing Steven, and barristers recommending him, on a regular basis consider him to be one of the country’s leading Housing Experts. He is a founding member of the Expert Witness Institute has given oral evidence and been cross-examined on numerous occasions in the High Court and the County Court and at Criminal Injury Compensation Authority hearings.