Expert witness

We cut through the complex technical content to provide clear guidance to build legal cases, and provide knowledge transfer for non-technical experts.

Expert witness services for commercial disputes, insurance claims and criminal cases

Ricardo’s senior specialists are recognised experts and can provide you and your clients with a comprehensive service and robust independent expert opinion, founded on our direct experience in regulation, industry and policy.

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Our automotive expert witness service is back up by decades of expertise and experience in legislation non-conformance, safety recalls, issue resolution and IP infringement. We provide independent data and report analysis supported by our global hardware testing facilities.

We work with clients across multiple industry sectors including industrial, automotive, commercial vehicles, defence, motorsports, motorcycle, off-highway vehicles.

OEM Product Legal Action

  • Legislation non-conformance claims
  • Exhaust emissions
  • Fuel consumption
  • On-board diagnostics (OBD)
  • Warranty Claims
  • In-service failures
  • Safety recalls
  • Intellectual Property Infringement
  • Patent infringement
  • Hardware design
  • Software design

Case Development

  • Data and report analysis
  • Expert assessment and opinion
  • Hardware testing facilities
  • Support the understanding

Court Activity

  • In-court presence

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Leading the UK market, Ricardo’s team of more than 50 waste specialists provide technical, commercial, operational, market and regulatory insight in the waste and resource management sector and waste treatment technologies and infrastructure in particular. We apply our expert knowledge and experience of waste and recycling processes (from feasibility to implementation, through to operations) to commercial and contractual disputes, insurance claims, criminal cases, and public and planning inquiries.
Including those relating to the following:

  • energy from waste (EfW) and biomass energy generation technologies;
  • combustion (incineration);
  • anaerobic digestion (AD);
  • advanced conversion technologies (ACT), including gasification, pyrolysis and combination technologies;
  • mechanical biological treatment (MBT);
  • Composting, including in-vessel composting (IVC);
  • materials recovery/recycling facilities (MRF);
  • refuse derived fuel (RDF) and solid recovered fuel (SRF) production facilities and export; and
  • environmental permitting and compliance with associated waste management and environmental legislation, regulatory guidance and policy.

Ricardo’s experts are instrumental in creating and developing the UK market for renewable energy and CHP technologies and the market incentives. We audit energy schemes and undertake technical due diligence of proposed renewables installations.

We offer air pollution advice to governments and businesses; uniquely giving full policy, advisory and implementation services, from our experts in emissions and odour management, monitoring and abatement. We give investment advice to water utilities and provide expert witnesses for water pollution cases.

Ricardo runs the National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) supporting the UK emergency services and businesses around the world when chemical incidents occur. We also provide regulatory and compliance advice to the chemicals industry.  Our expert chemists and regulatory specialists can provide expert advice in relation to chemical incidents, minimise negative impacts during an incident (through live telephone advice) and assist with post incident review.  

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Our experience

Automotive expertise

Legislation non-conformance, safety recalls, issue resolution and IP infringement for multiple industry sectors including industrial, automotive, commercial vehicles, defence, motorsports, motorcycle, off-highway vehicles.

Contract disputes and insurance claims

Relating to the construction and performance of multiple large scale PFI-funded waste management facilities.

Environmental legislation

Alleged breaches of permits and environmental legislation, including Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the waste duty of care code of practice.

Independent automotive data and report analysis

We provide independent data and reports analysis supported by global engine and automotive hardware testing facilities.

Public enquiries

Air quality, health impacts, odour and environmental impact assessment, and public inquiries.

Environmental technologies

Energy from waste, combined heat and power, gasification, anaerobic digestion, composting and mechanical treatment.

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Matt Beasley

Matt Beasley

President Engine and Driveline Solutions

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