Expert Witnessing

Expert Witnessing

ADC's consultants have excellent reputations as expert witnesses.

At the initial opinion stage, we will have no hesitation advising a client if, in our view, they have a poor case as far as noise is concerned. Otherwise we will employ our considerable resources and analytical skills to establish and present impartial evidence at negotiations, council meetings, public inquiries, licensing hearings, and courts at all levels.

The range of work is quite varied and clearly links closely with other areas.

ADC's services include the following:

  • Planning and Licensing. See our page on Planning and Licensing. For when representations are required at council meetings, or appeals are to be heard, all of ADC's senior consultants have a vast range of experience with preparing and presenting noise evidence at public enquiries and courts of all types. We are also experienced with meetings of experts, negotiation, conditions and costs.
  • Noise Nuisance: These cases arise usually as a result of a complaint, either directly, or via the Local Authority about noise of any type. Common examples are industrial noise, music noise from pubs and clubs, noise from patrons associated with pubs and clubs, etc. Also domestic noise problems are on the increase, such as from music, barking dogs, etc. Very often the problems can be resolved through management or by noise control. See our page on Environmental Noise. When this is not practicable, however, our consultants have vast experience of preparing and presenting noise evidence at magistrates and crown courts, as well as civil courts.
  • Building Disputes:  A common example of this is an alleged noise nuisance within a building.  It could be due to excessive noise, or poor sound insulation, or a combination of the two.
  • Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL): Often referred to as industrial deafness, an Ear Nose and Throat consultant will usually identify if the type of hearing damage is likely to have been noise-induced and, together with the acoustic report, a case can be built or contested. The main challenge is usually modelling or estimating the level of exposure. In the case of conventional hearing loss, which usually builds up over many years, we will need to model the lifetime exposure and apportion it between employers and their own leisure time.
  • Acoustic shock: Acoustic shock is often confused with Acoustic Trauma, but is quite different.  See our page on Acoustic Shock. The "shock" element is as important as the noise level of the incident and it is the unexpected nature of it that is largely responsible for the adverse effects.  Cases often rely on a lot of other evidence as the sudden nature of the incident can rarely be replicated for analysis.