Expert Witness in Process Mechanical Design
The Manderstam International Group has that vital exposure to the preparation presentation of scientific and engineering evidence to the UK High Court and the International Court of Arbitration.
Our experts have prepared expert reports and advised strategy and given evidence in extremely
complex cases on behalf of multinational oil and resource companies. See representative recent examples listed below. We have been instructed by most of the leading international & domestic law firms.
- Process and Mechanical Equipment Design in the oil and gas, petroleum refining and power industries with
specific experience of cryogenic process plant and piping design and insulation including LNG, LPG, NGL, ammonia
production and hydrocarbons gas/liquid separation and fractionation.
- Project Management, with extensive experience both as an owner’s representative and as a contractor, in preparing
and executing basic design, detailed design, procurement and construction to ISO 9001 Quality Assurance and international
model forms of contract (FIDIC orange book and similar) of oil and gas production/processing facilities and pipelines,
petrochemical and power generation plants.
- Manufacturing Design, Engineering and Quality Control in the manufacturing industries with specific experience
of welding, forming and machining alloy steels and stainless steels; Quality Control and Assurance requirements to
ISO 9001/2 and assessment of product design and manufacture in respect to assessment of fitness for purpose.
Undertakes production plant and machinery valuations.
Instructing solicitors in alphabetical order:-
- Berrymans Lace Mawer, London
- Berwin Leighton Paisner, London
- BP Collins, London
- Clifford Chance, Paris
- Cobbetts, Birmingham
- David Phillips and Partners, Essex
- Davies Arnold Cooper, London
- Davies Lavery, London.
- Denton Hall, London
- DLA, Birmingham
- DWF, Manchester
- Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, Washington
- Greenwoods, London
- Halliwells, London and Manchester
- Holman Fenwick Willan, London
- Kennedys, London and Birmingham
- Mayer Brown International, London
- McNulty & Co, Basingstoke
- Mills & Reeve, Birmingham
- Rawlinson Butler, Crawley
- Reid Minty, London
- Sandersons, Hull
- Shadbolt & Co, Reigate
- Shoosmiths, Reading
- Simmons & Simmons, Dubai, UAE
- G A B Robins
Direct instructions received from:-
- Komori UK Ltd
- Lurgi AG, Frankfurt, Germany
- NEM BV, Netherlands
Expert Witness Experience
Buncesfield explosion December 2005
Prepared expert reports in defence of the HSE prosecution relating to the failure of the overflow protection system and its alleged causation of the overtopping of storage tanks and subsequent explosion at the Buncefield oil storage depot in December 2005. This followed the successful civil defence in 2008 (see below).
Prepared expert report on design defects, delay and disruption on the design and construction of cryogenic natural gas processing facilities in Yemen.
Prepared expert report and gave evidence on contaminated LPG feed to ethylene cracker. Work required investigation of two phase flow into heat exchangers, and metallurgical examination of corrosive acid attack on titanium by hydrofluoric acid.
Prepared expert report on the failure of a temporary strainer in the suction line to main gas compressors at national gas distribution main compressor stations, work involved fatigue analysis and vibration analysis due to high gas flow rates.
Analysis on behalf of the Owner, on delay, disruption and preferential engineering claims from an EPC contractor in respect to offshore accommodation modules and the Owners counterclaims regarding quality of engineering and programme issues.
Investigated design and material non-compliances and prepared expert report in the turnkey design and supply of four (total 1400 MW) HRSG steam boilers (steam pressure 104 bar, temperature 565�C). Work included FMEA (failure mode and effects analysis) and compliance with ISO 9002 procedures for non-destructive testing of tubes and castings. Also review and analysis of support structures.
Provided expert report on oil storage overflow protection systems design and construction in respect to the civil litigation following the major explosion at the Buncefield Oil Depot.
Prepared expert report on design and construction project management issues for FEED (front end engineering design) and EPCC (detailed engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning) of a 4,500MT per annum Methanol Plant in Russia.
Prepared expert advice on piping design and cryogenic insulation in respect to the design of the LNG storage and unloading pipelines.
Provided expert advice on the manufacture of finned heat exchanger tubes.
Prepared expert report and gave evidence at the International Court of Arbitration in respect to the design and construction of gas compression and underground storage facilities in Turkey.
Prepared expert reports and gave evidence at the International Court of Arbitration on behalf of the Owner in defending claims from the EPC contractor and pursuing counterclaims on equipment defects in a major process plant. The work had been undertaken under the FIDIC orange book on the basis of a basic design provided by the Owner and the dispute revolved around the extent of the basic design and alleged defects in the basic design.
Provided expert advice on fuel contamination on fuel supplied by the major supermarkets.
Provided expert advice on petroleum storage and filling facilities at an automobile production factory following a major fire.
Prepared expert report on petroleum, diesel and heavy fuel oil distribution and cost structures and refining margins in Ukraine.
Undertook site survey and prepared expert report on a petroleum filling station and underground storage facilities in respect to criminal investigation of petroleum product substitution by Avgas and VAT fraud.
Prepared expert reports and gave evidence on the failure of product transfer and storage systems for concentrated hydrochloric acid (HCL) at a power station due to incorrect design selection and quality control by design and installation contractor.
Prepared expert report on the world market for the petroleum additive TEL and providing advice on the manufacturing process.
Prepared expert report and gave evidence on the heat exchangers and cooling water/glycol system for two large standby diesel generators.
Prepared an expert report and gave evidence on project management issues, including analysis of Primavera, on behalf of the owner in the International Court of Arbitration in defence of claims brought by the EPC contractor regarding the basic and detailed design, procurement, construction and commissioning of an integrated gas combined cycle power plant.
Prepared expert report for the main contractor in respect of its claim against a design sub contractor for failure of a cooling water circuit and heat exchangers in a pharmaceutical plant in UK.
Prepared expert report and gave evidence to the International Court Of Arbitration on behalf of the EPC contractor, in its defense of a claim by the Owner in respect to the basic and detailed design and procurement for a vitamin C. manufacturing plant.
Prepared expert report on the process design of fertiliser plant.
Prepared expert report for major oil company in its defence of claim by another major oil company over mechanical failure of a turbo expander machine and a send or pay agreements in respect to a Natural Gas Plant.
Prepared expert report and gave evidence for the contractor in defense of the owners claims arising from the failure of mechanical equipment for vacuum loading system for catalysts at a UK refinery.