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Expert Witness Project Management

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.

high courtOur 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

Instructing insurers:-

  • AIG
  • G A B Robins

Direct instructions received from:-

  • Komori UK Ltd
  • Lurgi AG, Frankfurt, Germany
  • NEM BV, Netherlands

Expert Witness Experience

Buncefield Fire
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.

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.

Prepared expert advice on IRR calculations for send and pay agreements in respect to crude oil pipeline takeoff agreements on major pipeline in Sudan.

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 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.

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 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 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.

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