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Meet
The
Team

Our People

Our Partners, Associates and Consultants are supported by a team of highly motivated and well qualified Engineers, Architects and Technicians, some of whom act as Experts in their own right.  Our dedicated team of administrative staff support the work of the Practice.
  • Kishan de Silva

    Kishan de Silva

    Senior Partner

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    University of Cambridge, MA (Hons), 1974
    Imperial College London, MSc DIC, 1976
    Chartered Engineer, 1978

    Member, Institution of Civil Engineers
    Member, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

    Kishan de Silva has broad experience in building and civil engineering works in the United Kingdom and overseas. He has advised on several major claims, including the recent dispute relating to the Wembley Stadium. He specialises in professional duties, heavy civil engineering works, hydraulic structures, offshore platforms, below ground construction generally, structural steelwork, waterproofing systems, concrete durability and epoxy resin applications in construction.

  • Tristram Hambly

    Tristram Hambly

    Partner

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    University of Cambridge, MA (Hons), 1993
    King's College London, MSc, 2004
    Chartered Engineer, 2000

    Member, Institution of Civil Engineers

    Tristram Hambly has worked on a wide range of structural and civil engineering projects in the United Kingdom and overseas. His interests and experience include civil-engineering structures, post-tensioned concrete bridges, buildings, vibrations in buildings, subsidence, floor screeds, building envelopes and contract administration.

  • Matthew Davis

    Matthew Davis

    Partner

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    University of Manchester, BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering, 1981
    Kings College, London, MSc Construction Law and Arbitration, 1998
    Chartered Engineer, 1985

    Fellow, Institution of Civil Engineers
    Member, Institution of Structural Engineers
    Fellow, Geological Society

    Matthew’s experience encompasses large civil engineering projects such as bridges, retaining structures and structures associated with water treatment and sewage works as well as smaller scale commercial and residential developments. He has a keen interest in the forensic investigation of building failures and defects and has advised on a wide range of matters covering design, materials and workmanship problems.

    Matthew has prepared Expert opinions for use in legal or arbitration proceedings and reports or presentations for use in adjudications and mediations. In addition to a continuing interest in heavy civil engineering works, Matthew has also developed an expertise in building technology and particularly matters relating to serviceability, weathertightness and tolerances.

  • Howard Tucker

    Howard Tucker

    Partner

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    University of Plymouth, BEng (Hons) Civil & Structural Engineering, 1996
    Chartered Engineer, 2002

    Member, Institution of Structural Engineers

    Howard Tucker is a Chartered Engineer with 25 years of experience in the construction industry.  Howard has worked on a broad range of projects with lead design roles on Heathrow Terminal 5 and major commercial and residential developments.  He is involved in the forensic investigation of civil and structural engineering defects; particular expertise includes structural failures, the durability of steel and concrete structures, basement structures, period buildings, heavily loaded industrial floors and pavements, drainage and flooding problems.  Howard also has a continuing interest in coastal engineering and the impact of wave action and erosion on the built environment.

    Howard is regularly instructed as Expert Witness advising consulting engineers, contractors and building owners on the engineering issues in a wide range of disputes, including professional duties relating to design, materials and workmanship problems.  Experienced in liaising with solicitors and barristers and preparing CPR-compliant reports and joint statements, he has been involved in advanced technical inquiries leading to the submission of Expert evidence to the High Court in England and the Sheriff Courts in Scotland.

  • Simon Murray

    Simon Murray

    Partner

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    University of Cambridge, BA (Hons) Architecture, 2000
    University of Cambridge, Diploma in Architecture, 2003
    College of Law, LLDip, 2011
    Chartered Architect, 2007

    Member, Royal Institute of British Architects
    Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    Accredited Expert

    Simon Murray is a Chartered Architect with 15 years of experience in the construction industry.  Simon has worked on a wide range of architectural projects in the United Kingdom and overseas. He has experience of diverse practice environments particularly in Egypt, Germany and the United States of America. Simon has directed project teams of architects and administered contracts for a variety of building types and sizes, including listed buildings, community centres, private residential buildings, retail, educational and medical facilities.

    Simon balances work as a practising architect with the forensic investigation of building defects and the analysis of issues of professional practice.  Simon is regularly instructed to prepare Expert advice, including CPR-compliant reports, in various dispute resolution proceedings relating to a wide range of issues such as professional duties, boundary disputes, contract administration, planning permission, facades and building envelopes, acoustic separation, fire protection, water ingress, standards of finishes and condensation.

  • Richard Stevenson

    Richard Stevenson

    Partner

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    University of Cambridge, MEng (Hons) Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, 2006
    Chartered Engineer 2009

    Member, Institution of Civil Engineers
    Member, Institution of Structural Engineers

    Richard Stevenson is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer with over twelve years of experience in the construction industry.  During this time, Richard has worked on a wide range of structures from large-scale civil engineering projects in the United Kingdom including Crossrail and the East London Line to complex commercial and mixed-use buildings both in the United Kingdom and overseas.

    Richard has advised solicitors, insurers, owners and contractors on a variety of disputes including airports, bridges, power stations, basements, residential buildings, underground stations, museums, industrial buildings, shops, military structures and tall buildings.  Richard has acted as the Expert and prepared CPR-compliant reports for submission in court, arbitration and adjudication proceedings. 

  • Nick Huband

    Nick Huband

    Associate

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    City University, BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering, 1983
    Chartered Engineer, 1987

    Member, Institution of Civil Engineers
    Fellow, Geological Society

    Nick Huband is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over thirty-five years of experience in building and civil engineering works in the United Kingdom. Areas of particular interest include structural timber and masonry, earth retaining structures and tree root induced subsidence issues. He has maintained over many years a close interest in historic and vernacular materials and methods of construction and has advised on works to a number of historic buildings including Grade 1 listed buildings in the UK and a medieval bridge in Azerbaijan.

    Nick has prepared Expert opinions on a wide spectrum of issues for use in dispute resolution proceedings.  He has advised on a variety of matters including flood damage, historic and modern cladding systems, collapses of a number of structures, subsidence and heave problems, and waterproofing failures in basements and car parks.  Nick has also advised on a number of more esoteric issues including the sequence of events of a WW2 aerial bomb attack on an industrial building and damage to buildings as a result of longwall mining subsidence.  Nick has given Expert evidence in Court on many occasions.

  • Nick Barham

    Nick Barham

    Associate

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    University of Nottingham, MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, 2003
    Chartered Engineer, 2011

    Member, Institution of Structural Engineers

    Nick Barham is a Chartered Structural Engineer with over twelve years of experience in the construction industry.  Nick has worked on a broad range of structural engineering projects within the United Kingdom, with lead roles in the design and construction of residential, commercial, and conservation/refurbishment projects. Nick has also had extensive experience with the design and construction of deep basements, in which he has a particular interest.

    Nick has prepared Expert opinions for use in dispute resolution proceedings covering a wide spectrum of issues, from small structural works to large civil engineering projects. He has advised on a variety of matters covering tree root induced subsidence, residential refurbishments, cracking and settlement of industrial floor slabs, leaking basements, works to Listed buildings, and high value disputes around the world concerning the design and construction of highways, power plants, oil refineries and airports.

  • Owain Evans

    Owain Evans

    Associate

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    University of Cambridge, MEng (Hons) Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, 2005
    Kings College London, MSc Construction Law and Dispute Resolution (Distinction), 2016
    Chartered Engineer, 2010

    Member, Institution of Structural Engineers
    Member, Institution of Civil Engineers
    Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

    Owain is a Chartered Structural and Civil Engineer with over twelve years of experience in the construction industry.  During this period he has worked for both contractors and consultants on a wide range of projects, from residential refurbishments to the construction of a £100m steelwork plant.  Owain has particular knowledge in the design of residential and commercial basements, swimming pools and commercial office developments.  Owain has an interest in historic buildings and has been involved in the design of structural alterations to Grade I listed buildings and scheduled ancient monuments, as well as works on a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

    Owain has used the knowledge he has gained working in both the contracting and consulting sides of the industry to advise solicitors, insurers, owners and contractors on a variety of disputes.  Owain has acted as the Expert and prepared CPR-compliant reports for submission in court, arbitration and adjudication proceedings.

  • Suraj de Silva

    Suraj de Silva

    Associate

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    Imperial College London, MSc DIC, Structural Engineering 2008
    Loughborough University, PhD Aerodynamics 2004
    University of Bristol, MEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering 2000
    Chartered Engineer, 2011

    Member, Institution of Structural Engineers

    Suraj has worked on and led structural teams on a broad spectrum of civil and structural engineering projects, from architecturally driven buildings to heavy civil works.  These have included residential buildings, commercial and retail developments, concert halls and theatres, university buildings, airports, underground metro stations, major infrastructure projects, and offshore oil platforms.

    Since joining the firm, Suraj has been involved in the forensic investigation of complex issues and prepared Expert reports for use in dispute resolution proceedings on a variety of matters.  His work in forensic engineering has covered residential refurbishments, failure of port pavements, leaking car parks, failure of wind turbine foundations, and high value disputes around the world concerning the design and construction of bridges, underground rail stations and airports.  Suraj has particular interests in structural dynamics, fatigue and advanced structural analysis.

  • Ioannis Barmpopoulos

    Ioannis Barmpopoulos

    Associate

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    National Technical University of Athens, MEng Civil and Structural Engineering, 2004
    Imperial College London, MSc Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology, 2006
    Chartered Engineer, 2010

    UK Registered Ground Engineering Specialist, 2015
    Member, Institution of Civil Engineers
    Member, Technical Chamber of Greece
    Member, British Geotechnical Association
    Member, International Society of Rock Mechanics
    Member, International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

    Ioannis is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 10 years experience in the construction industry.  Ioannis has worked for both contractors and consultants on a wide variety of large geotechnical engineering projects in the transportation and maritime sectors within the United Kingdom and overseas, including countries of high seismicity, with lead roles in the design of underground stations, highway extensions, port terminals and railway embankments. Ioannis’ experience covers the design and construction of heavy civil engineering works and ground engineering applications, including ground investigation, earthworks, shallow and deep foundations, ground improvement, earth retaining structures, embankments and slopes.

    Ioannis has used the knowledge he has gained working in both the contracting and consulting sides of the industry to advise solicitors, insurers, owners and contractors on a variety of disputes.  Ioannis has acted as the Expert and prepared CPR-compliant reports for submission in court, arbitration and adjudication proceedings.

  • David Tomlinson

    David Tomlinson

    Senior Engineer

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    Loughborough University, BSc (Hons), 1980
    Warwick University Business School, MBA, 1989
    Chartered Engineer, 1985

    Member, Institution of Civil Engineers
    Member, Association of MBAs
    Fellow, Geological Society

    David Tomlinson is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 35 years experience in the construction and building material industries.  He has broad experience of civil engineering and building works in the United Kingdom and overseas, including roads, tunnels, mini-hydroelectric schemes, industrial, commercial and residential buildings.

    He has extensive experience of investigations of construction problems and preparation of reports for litigation and other forms of dispute resolution, and has been appointed by clients to act as an expert.  His particular interests include: heavy civil engineering works, industrial floor slabs, building envelopes, basement construction, waterproofing systems, building subsidence, drainage, failure of ground improvement works, anti-vibration bearings and analysis of delay and disruption claims.

  • Mihalis Chatzis

    Mihalis Chatzis

    Senior Engineer

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    National Technical University of Athens, Diploma in Civil and Structural Engineering, 2008

    Member, Technical Chamber of Greece

    Mihalis is a Civil and Structural Engineer who has worked on large-scale refurbishments of university buildings, high-rise structures and earthquake resistant concrete underpasses, retaining walls and industrial buildings, with experience both in the United Kingdom and overseas.  He also has contributed to European standards relating to heavy bridge traffic loads and to the development of commercial structural analysis software.  Mihalis is particularly interested in structures with complex geometries and unusual loading conditions, seismic design, vibrations and advanced structural analysis.

    Since joining the firm Mihalis has been involved in a variety of forensic investigations including delay and disruption claims on a major international airport, vibration issues to steel pedestrian bridges, construction sequence reviews of steel structures and the seismic design of industrial buildings.

  • Will Davies

    Will Davies

    Senior Engineer

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    University of Bath, MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, 2013
    Chartered Engineer, 2017

    Member, Institution of Civil Engineers
    Graduate Member, Institution of Structural Engineers

    Will has led structural design projects across a broad range of sectors, including residential, commercial and industrial buildings. He has taken on engineering roles on construction sites, design offices and laboratories both in the United Kingdom and overseas.

    Will’s primary area of expertise is in building design, although in addition to this he has experience in structural surveying, physical modelling investigations and post-disaster redevelopment strategy. Since joining the firm Will has been involved in the forensic investigation of a variety of structures, including post-tensioned reinforced concrete slabs, masonry walls, and steel and timber balustrades.

     

  • Magdalena Prus

    Magdalena Prus

    Architect

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    Central St. Martin's College of Art and Design, BA (Hons) Architecture, 2008
    London Metropolitan University, Professional Diploma in Architecture, 2012
    University of the West of England, PG Cert in Professional Practice in Architecture, 2014
    King's College London, Msc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, 2017
    Chartered Architect, 2016

    Member, Royal Institute of British Architects
    Member, The Society of Construction Law
    Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

    Magdalena is a Chartered Architect and holds a Master’s Degree in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution from King’s College, London.  With experience of new build, refurbishment and interior design schemes on a wide range of projects, including residential, commercial and listed buildings, Magdalena is familiar with all stages of the design and construction process under traditional as well as design and build procurement.  She has also been involved in the design of developments in Green Belt and Conservation Areas, and has carried out detailed historical surveys.

    In her role as a forensic architect, Magdalena has been involved in the analysis of various architectural and construction issues relating to most building types, including residential, commercial and educational buildings in the UK as well as university projects, infrastructure and hospitals in the Middle East.  She has investigated a wide range of technical issues such as design and workmanship defects, the causes of water ingress and fire protection issues.  Magdalena has contributed to the production of CPR-compliant reports for submission in adjudication, litigation and arbitration proceedings.

  • Stuart Hookham

    Stuart Hookham

    Senior Engineer

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    University of Oxford, MEng (Hons) Engineering Science, 2008
    Chartered Engineer 2015

    Member, Institution of Structural Engineers

    Stuart is a Chartered Structural Engineer with over ten years of experience in the construction industry.  During this period, he has worked on a broad variety of projects across a number of sectors, including residential, commercial and educational developments, and at listed churches and galleries.  Stuart’s work has ranged from the design of new steel and concrete framed buildings, to the refurbishment of a number of highly-significant historic buildings.

    Since joining the firm Stuart has been involved in a variety of forensic investigations including defects in the works of a major infrastructure project, settlement issues to low-rise properties, and defects in cladding systems.

  • Philip Veall

    Philip Veall

    Senior Architect

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    University of Cambridge, BA (Hons) Architecture, 2000
    University of Cambridge, Diploma in Architecture, 2003

    Member, Royal Institute of British Architects
    RIBA Conservation Registrant

    Philip Veall is a Chartered Architect with 15 years of experience in practise.  Philip has worked on award winning architectural design projects in the UK and the USA, from concept design through to delivery on site, leading teams of architects, co-ordinating the work of other design consultants, and collaborating with specialist sub-contractors across a wide range of building types, from arts and cultural buildings, educational facilities, and major railway termini, to private residential buildings.  Many of the projects have involved working in sensitive historic, listed and conservation contexts.

    Philip’s work as a practising architect is complemented by his interest in façade engineering and building envelope performance for both modern and historic buildings.

  • David Wilson

    David Wilson

    Senior Technician

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    Barking College, OND (Construction), 1985
    East Ham College of Technology, HNC (Civils), 1987

    David is our Senior Technician responsible for the Practice’s drawing office and for the production of architectural, civil and structural working drawings, reports and presentations. He has assisted in the design and development of new works and remedial schemes for steel, timber, masonry and concrete structures, bridges, historical buildings, earth and water retaining structures.

    David specialises in producing presentation drawings, technical illustrations and static or working models to explain complicated components, structures or concepts to non-technical parties. His work in this area has received Judicial commendation. He has also produced the illustrations for papers published in technical journals.

    David has acted as the Contract Administrator’s representative on site, co-ordinating/checking work and liaising with building facilities management, contractors and testing houses.

    David is experienced in the forensic analysis of photographs, videos, documents, drawings and in the surveying of building defects including tree root related subsidence issues.

  • Mark Christmas

    Mark Christmas

    Senior Scientist

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    University of Bristol, BSc (Hons), 2005

    Mark Christmas joined the Practice as a scientist in 2006 and has worked on a range of structural and civil engineering projects in the United Kingdom and overseas. He is experienced in the surveying of building defects and on site testing. His interests and experience include tree-root related subsidence, water penetration through flat and green roofs, defects in surface coatings, deterioration of reinforced concrete marine structures, defects in sub-surface drainage systems, defects in concrete structures, defects in masonry and steel framed buildings, document control processes and contract administration.

    Mark produces working drawings, report and presentation illustrations and has been responsible for the production of civil working drawings for large projects including civil engineering drainage and paving schemes for major shopping centres and PFI hospitals.

  • Robin Blois-Brooke

    Consultant

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    University of Oxford, Engineering Science, Open Scholar, MA, 1973
    Chartered Engineer, 1977
    Chartered Arbitrator, 1999

    Fellow, Institution of Civil Engineers
    Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators' Panel of Arbitrators

    Robin Blois-Brooke has over forty years’ experience in the construction industry in the United Kingdom and abroad on projects ranging from commercial and residential developments to large infrastructure schemes, with particular emphasis on geotechnics, ground treatment, foundations and structures, together with roofing, glazing, curtain walling and cladding.

    Robin has acted as an Expert in a wide range of disputes, dealing with issues that have included design and workmanship defects, professional negligence, delay and disruption claims. He has given evidence and has been subjected to cross examination on several occasions in the Technology & Construction Court, in the Court of Session, and at Arbitrations.

    Robin has been appointed as the sole Arbitrator in over twenty disputes involving various aspects of building and civil engineering, almost all of which have led to published Awards. He has also acted as a party-appointed Arbitrator and as the Chairman of the Tribunal in DIAC arbitrations.

    Robin has written and contributed to Reports on soils, fenestration and cladding published by the Building Research Establishment, CWCT and CIRIA.

  • Richard Barter

    Richard Barter

    Consultant

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    King's College London, BSc(Eng), 1977
    Chartered Engineer, 1982
    Chartered Arbitrator, 1999

    Member, Institution of Civil Engineers
    Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators' Panel of Arbitrators

    Richard Barter has worked on a wide range of structural and civil engineering projects in the United Kingdom and overseas. His interests and experience include contract administration, airfield and blast resistant construction, the external envelopes of buildings (including roofs, glazing, curtain walling and masonry) and reinforced concrete. He has handled many complex disputes and is on the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Panel of Arbitrators.

  • Alex Fleming

    Consultant

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    University of Cambridge, Diploma in Architecture, 1978
    University of Cambridge, MA (Hons), 1979
    Chartered Architect, 1980

    President, RIBA Central London Branch, 2006-2007
    Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    Member, Architects Law Forum

    Alex Fleming has some 40 years experience of designing and detailing many different building types and specifying their construction, including responsibilities for directing large and small teams of architects and technicians. He has overseen the establishment of studios abroad and in the United Kingdom, negotiated permissions and approvals, and administered contracts ranging from domestic alterations to major town centre redevelopments. Alongside his keen interest in design and construction, he has been instructed as an independent Expert to assist with complex disputes resolved in mediations, arbitrations, and English, Scottish, European and Middle Eastern Courts.

  • Nick Buenfeld

    Consultant

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    Nick Buenfeld is Head of Department and Professor of Concrete Structures in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College. His research involves laboratory testing, site measurements and mathematical modelling and aims to improve methods for durability design, assessment and repair of concrete structures.

    He has a particular interest in service life prediction and has been a consultant on major tunnel, bridge, offshore platform, maritime and building projects in the United Kingdom, United States, Hong Kong, Norway, Dubai and Lebanon.

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