Expert Witness

Sustainable Acoustics provides a comprehensive range of independent expert witness services for licensing, nuisance, planning disputes and hearing loss injury. The availability of our well respected experts cover a diverse range of specialist disciplines where acoustics is involved. This enables the selection of the appropriate expert on a case-specific basis. Our aim is to provide robust evidence, critical analysis and clear and understandable presentation. 

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Expert Witness established 1996.

Sustainable Acoustics' expert witness service embraces the provision of expert evidence, which provides clear and objective technical reviews of a dispute’s merits and substance, and reports detailing a claim’s technical strengths and weaknesses. Steps to achieve best practice can also be provided.

Peter Rogers is an experienced technical expert in litigation, arbitration, adjudication and mediation, familiar with the pre-action protocol for construction and engineering disputes. He has 5 years as a Local Government enforcement officer to draw on in addition to his 20 years experience in consultancy. Other experts are also available if Peter's expertise does not match the issue.  We are held on two expert registers, and vetted regularly to validate our claims to be experts in our field. 

 

Whether you are a Local Authority wishing to do a comprehensive baseline of your area as part of the Agent of Change principle, or having to deal with getting a Local Authority to take seriously a complaint, or taking action yourself through the S82 route of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 we can help. Nuisance is a difficult concept, but good evidence and clear communication is an essential ingredient to a successful legal outcome.

 

If you are a venue seeking to protect an existing late hours trading licence or seeking to extend hours, it is likely you will need to consider the noise impact on the surrounding residents.

Specialist expert advice is essential to solve problems that may make that path bumpy and in case the matter becomes legal to protect the business. 

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Heaven Farm

Peter was instructed on behalf of a farm business who had a S80 Noise Abatement notice served by the Local Authority under Environmental Protection Act 1990 for noise from music and people from wedding events, which was causing a Statutory Nuisance. This was appealed and Peter was engaged quickly, so that it could be demonstrated in subsequent events that it was possible to avoid nuisance being caused. This avoided subsequent litigation and resulted in the Local Authority being prepared to allow an increase of events a year, and so the business to continue. 

This raises the difficult issue of how farmers thinking of diversifying their operations might at first see weddings as a tempting situation, but the reality can be costly and bruising.

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Skyllings Play Area

Peter was instructed on behalf of a Town Council in a difficult case concerning an application under section 82 Environmental Protection Act 1990.  Peter produced his report swiftly and it dealt with all the significant points regarding whether a statutory nuisance existed; his previous experience as a local authority officer and his general wealth of experience was a decisive factor in the subsequent litigation. 

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