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Japanese Knotweed Expert Witness

Our co-founder, Dr Paul Beckett, is widely renowned as the UK’s leading expert in the field of Japanese Knotweed legislation and property risk.

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Paul completed his degree in Biology at the University of Sussex in 1995 and gained a master’s degree in environmental forestry a year later at Bangor University.

He subsequently undertook a Forestry Commission-sponsored DPhil (PhD), publishing several plant eco-physiology and air pollution papers along the way. Paul’s areas of expertise are Japanese knotweed, air quality and ecology.

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; please watch the following video for further information

Paul has significant experience in providing Japanese knotweed expert witness services, principally in relation to property risks and knotweed legislation. This includes being cross-examined at UK courts, the Lands Tribunal and at Public Inquiries. He has also provided his services on legal cases in Ireland.

Paul has been called upon as an expert witness in a number of high-profile Japanese knotweed cases that gain attention in the national UK media, including:

  • Williams and Waistell v Network Rail [2017] and appeal [2018] – landmark legal case in which Phlorum provided the support in both claimants’ actions against the rail operator.
  • Ryb v Conways Chartered Surveyors [2019] – high profile case where a surveyor was found to have been negligent in failing to notice knotweed at a property.

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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