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Japanese Knotweed Expert Witness

Our co-founder, Dr Paul Beckett, is widely considered to be the UK’s leading Japanese knotweed expert witness, having worked on well over 100 cases.

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Dr Paul Beckett BSc (hons) MSc DPhil CSci MCIEEM MIEnvSc MIAQM MEWI has provided Japanese knotweed expert witness services in landmark Japanese knotweed cases in the UK.

Paul’s areas of expertise are Japanese knotweed, air quality and ecology.

Paul has significant experience providing expert witness services on Japanese knotweed cases, principally concerning property risks and legislation. This includes being cross-examined in the UK courts and tribunals. He has also provided expert witness services in Ireland.

He takes instructions on behalf of claimants or defendants, with approximately a 50:50 split for each. He is increasingly in demand as a single joint expert.

Some of the expert witness work he has delivered has been associated with a number of Japanese knotweed cases that have gained significant attention in the national UK media. Such high profile cases have included:

Since helping to produce the RICS knotweed guidance for surveyors and to form the Property Care Association (PCA) Invasive Weed Control Group (IWCG), Paul’s work on residential property affected by Japanese knotweed has increased markedly.

This is primarily due to the RICS and PCA creating a system that allows lenders and property professionals to quantify and mitigate knotweed risks on affected properties. Paul is a member of the Expert Witness Institute and has significant legal experience as a Japanese knotweed expert witness.

Phlorum’s Experience as Japanese knotweed Expert Witnesses

Paul’s colleagues at Phlorum are also experienced in providing expert witness services for Japanese Knotweed.

Our staff have been involved in well over one hundred legal cases in recent years, working for claimants, defendants and as single joint experts.

Phlorum is keen to develop partnerships with specialist law firms across the country (having developed such relationships in Sussex, London, Lincolnshire and the North West) to assist clients in recovering Japanese knotweed removal and treatment costs or in defending claims against them.

Should you require a Japanese Knotweed expert witness for upcoming litigation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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About the author: Dr Paul Beckett

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Dr Paul Beckett is one of the UK’s leading experts in Japanese knotweed and is a member of the Expert Witness Institute. He regularly provides Japanese knotweed expert witness services. He helped produce the RICS knotweed guidance for surveyors and was integral in the formation of the Property Care Association (PCA) Invasive Weed Control Group (IWCG).

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