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Robert Bruce & Sons

SK17 8SL

Phone: 01298 871444
Occupation: Chartered Mechanical and Electrical Engineers

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
Expert Witness
Accident investigation
Failure investigation
Performance investigation
Personal injury (Industrial)
Professional negligence
Intellectual property
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


Clients include
Addleshaw Goddard
Allen & Overy (Dubai)
Berrymans Lace Mawer
Collyer Bristow
DAC Beechcroft
DLA Piper
Harvey Ingram
Hogan Lovells (Singapore)
Irwin Mitchell
Mayer Brown
Mills and Reeve
Rowley Dickinson
Australian Paper
Bechtel Corporation
Bester Generación
Chesterfield Royal Hospital
Cofely Workplace
Sonae Industria (UK)
Southern Cross Opco