Expert witness

Accredited expert witnessWhat is an expert Witness?

An expert witness in any dispute brings to the parties an unbiased independent view of the technicalities of the matter.

Ask yourself this ‘Do I settle for second best?’ and ‘could this compromise my case?’

If the answer to these are No and Yes then you must not settle for second best and do not compromise your position. Speak to Verification Associates for that professional approach to an expert witness instruction that can verify your case.


Expert Witness Federation logoAt Verification Associates, Rod Appleyard Chartered Building Surveyor, MSc (construction Law) BSc (Hons) MCIOB, FCIArb, MEWI. Rod Appleyard holds a CUBS diploma from the Law Faculty of Cardiff University showing that he is fully trained in all aspects from compiling a report in a manner that is acceptable to both the legal profession and courts. This, along with being a member of The Expert Witness Institute and fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, shows the depth of commitment to the role of the independent expert that is applied.

Rod Appleyard, having extensive experience of all aspects of the construction industry and being a building envelope/fenestration (glass & frames) expert, is regularly appointed by Insurance Companies, Legal representatives and parties to a dispute. It is his experience and academic qualifications that often make the decision to appoint the preferred choice as the best person for the job. It makes no difference whether it is a multi million pound commercial scheme, a window installation or suspected defects in a conservatory. Rod Appleyard is listed as a checked and regulated expert by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, ‘The expert Witness Directory‘ and The Federation of Forensic and Expert Witnesses where his full details can be found.


Expert witness accreditations



Personal Injury

Verification Associates and in particular Rod Appleyard are often called upon to give expert opinion on personal injuries especially related to glass. Whilst the images shown are an indication of how people can be injured, we are not showing the picture of the horrific injuries caused in this instance, as we have no wish to cause anxiety to the reader.

We also get asked to comment on other personal injuries related too building design and spatial issues.

Rod Appplyard is listed with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) as an expert that is knowledgeable in these types of instructions.

Expert Witness Rod AppleyardCrown Court Evidence

It is a fact that unfortunately there are wide rafts of builders that fall foul of the Law for one reason or the other, not all warranted but some are and some are not. Rod Appleyard is finding that he is increasingly being instructed in criminal cases to give evidence in respect of construction or building aspects of a case. His breadth of knowledge places him in a position of being not only independent but able to forensically analyse photographs and information to give an unbiased technical opinion to the courts based upon that knowledge.


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