Whilst our emphasis is always on trying to achieve consent through negotiation and consensus, appeals or dispute resolutions are sometimes necessary. Because this is the case, we always prepare our work with the quality and rigour necessary to succeed if challenged. Happily, that approach limits the likelihood of refusal.
Quod’s depth of expertise means that we are able to provide expert witnesses on all planning-related matters, as well as development economics, housing advisory, socio-economics and environmental matters. We can give evidence on a broad range of development types, including nationally significant infrastructure projects such as West Midlands Interchange, London City Airport, Hinkley Point C and Thames Tideway Tunnel; residential developments such as Newcombe House, Citroen Chiswick, Vauxhall Cross and 8 Albert Embankment; commercial developments such as the Shell Centre, the redevelopment of the US Embassy, Pinewood Studios and Rushden Lakes; and urban regeneration projects that require compulsory purchase orders or have been called-in, including Southall Gasworks, Chelsea Barracks or the London Olympic Park.
Appearing as an expert witness is a responsibility that we take very seriously. Appeals should be a last resort, but we will always provide an informed view on the prospects of success. We use our knowledge of the process and depth of experience to ensure that not only are our expert witnesses able to give best-in-class evidence, but that the client is supported throughout the preparatory and administrative stages of the process. Our strength in depth also means that we are ideally placed to provide strategic advice and act as coordinators of the process or support the instructing solicitor in doing so.