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Meet
The
Team

The Partners

All the Partners have many years’ experience in the United Kingdom and abroad working on major civil and structural projects with leading firms of consultants; they each have extensive experience in directing complex technical inquiries, analysing disputes and presenting Expert evidence. Brief details of the qualifications, experience and interests of each Partner can be seen by selecting the appropriate links.

The Partners will be delighted to provide further details about specific areas of the firm’s experience or individual Partners’ interests.

  • 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.

  • 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
    University of Bath, MSc Facade Engineering, 2019
    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. 

  • Owain Evans

    Owain Evans

    Partner

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

    Fellow, Institution of Structural Engineers
    Member, Institution of Civil Engineers
    Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    Module Leader and Honorary Lecturer, The Bartlett, University College London, 2018 to present
    Membership Committee, Institution of Structural Engineers, 2018 to present

    Owain is a Chartered Structural and Civil Engineer with over fifteen 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 basements, swimming pools, large residential and commercial developments, industrial storage units, and wind farms.  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 gained from 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.

    Owain is a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  Owain is a Module Leader and Honorary Lecturer at the Bartlett School of University College London, and a committee member and Chartership assessor for the Institution of Structural Engineers.

  • Suraj de Silva

    Suraj de Silva

    Partner

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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.

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