Contact: Eur Ing E R J (Dick) Ward BSc(Eng) CEng FIET FIMechE MAE
Robert Bruce & Sons is a mechanical and electrical engineering consultancy working both in the UK and internationally, specialising in industrial plant and machinery, power generation, process plant, mechanical handling and electrical systems.
Forensic engineering and expert witness services have been key parts of our consultancy for over twenty years. Drawing on broad international experience in design, specification, inspection and project management, we provide lawyers, insurers and their clients with expert advice and testimony in disputes arising from deficiencies in performance, faults, failures, personal injury and hazardous occurrences.
Dick Ward (Principal) is both a Chartered Electrical Engineer and a Chartered Mechanical Engineer. He has extensive international experience, which includes specification, design, manufacture, testing, installation, commissioning and operation of industrial plant and machinery, gained on assignments throughout the UK, Western Europe, Asia, Australasia, and the Pacific Basin. He has provided expertise for litigation purposes alongside his conventional consulting practice for over twenty years.
His dispute resolution experience includes litigation under UK and foreign jurisdictions, Expert Determination, and ICC arbitration. He has appeared as an expert witness in the County Courts, the TCC in London and Salford, the Patents Court, and as the Tribunal’s Independent Expert in ICC international arbitration. He is a Member of the Academy of Experts, trained in the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) and the requirements for Single Joint Experts.
As well as wide experience in the many and varied aspects of engineering design and project management, he is able to draw on his personal knowledge and experience of the customary roles and responsibilities of engineering and construction professionals, and in particular the professional responsibilities of consulting engineers, managers, designers and advisors.
Instructions have included disputes concerning diesel and gas-turbine generating plant (simple and combined-cycle), photo-voltaic power generation (solar power), CHP plant, pulp, paper and packaging, food industries, metal industries, aggregates and minerals, waste management, process cranes, conveyors, dredging operations and a variety of matters involving process plant, manufacturing machinery and electrical installations for industrial, commercial, hospital and healthcare premises.
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Process plant and machinery
Electric power generation and utilization
Combined heat and power (CHP)
Industrial and commercial electrical installations
Electrical building services
Mechanical handling, conveyors, mobile plant, cranes
Forensic Engineering Services
Personal injury (Industrial)
Fire and explosion
Regulatory compliance, including:
Supply of Machinery (Safety)
Health and Safety at Work (MHSWR)
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment (LOLER)
Provision and Use of Work Equipment (PUWER)
Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres (DSEAR, ATEX)
Electricity at Work
Electricity Safety, Quality and Continuity (ESQCR)
BS 7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations— ‘The IEE Wiring Regulations’
Advice in HSE Investigations and Prosecutions
Allen & Overy (Dubai)
Berrymans Lace Mawer
Hogan Lovells (Singapore)
Mills and Reeve
Chesterfield Royal Hospital
Sonae Industria (UK)
Southern Cross Opco