Expert Witness Services
Regularly instructed as an Expert Witness or Single Joint Expert for classic car or motorcycle valuations in civil cases and divorce valuations
Expert Witness Services
Through our sister company - Specialist Car Valuations Limited - we are regularly instructed by UK solicitors as a Single Joint Expert, providing divorce valuations or supporting civil cases with expert valuation reports. We have also provided reports to Trading Standards in criminal prosecutions. All work for the courts in England and Wales is to CPR Part 35 or FPR Part 25 and practice guidelines, and enquiries are treated in confidence.
As a vetted member of the UK Register of Expert Witnesses, my work complies with the appropriate Procedure Rules: CPR Part 35 or FPR Part 25. I can provide estimates and further details of experience on request.
Expert Witness Case Studies
Much of my work is quite straightforward: inspecting cars and valuing them as assets to help reach a divorce settlement or an estate valuation in the case of probate. Sometimes, however, the valuation questions are more complicated. I enjoy simple and complex cases.
I was retained as an Expert Witness by a UK insurer in a case alleging reputational damage to a car dealer from materials posted on a website owned by the insurer’s client. The insurer brought me in after joint legal costs topped £100,000. I carried out a Loss of Trade investigation that led to both sides agreeing to drop the case.
This was a case where a rare sportscar was written off while in the care of a prestige car dealer. My work centred on calculating the difference between what the dealer had been forced to pay to keep its customer happy and what the car was now likely to sell for. This was a complex report accounting for a lot of variables.
This was a NOVA valuation for import of a very rare Russian-made motorcycle. The value was quite low, but there was very little market data available. HMRC needed concrete evidence of the valuation, which I supplied in the form of a historic value comparator exercise.
I was retained as an Expert Witness by a UK insurer. The insurer was in dispute with a client who accepted the insurer’s opinion on Agreed Value for his classic car insurance but, when the car was later involved in a total loss claim, called the insurer’s opinion into question. This was an interesting case involving very high values.
Working as a Single Joint Expert in divorce cases is amongst my favourite work. The SJE’s role is as the Court’s eyes on the ground. The work is interesting and challenging, as judges are highly intelligent and do not suffer fools. One recent SJE case involved painting a more accurate picture of the situation for the judge, as the scenario described in my instructions was not entirely accurate.
I was retained as an Expert Witness by a private party in dispute with a garage that had sold his rare racing car while it was in storage. Communications on both sides had left much to be desired and there was little evidence of the car’s actual specification to work with. This interesting case was settled in mediation.