Fire Expert Witness

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Legal cases can often require the advice of experts in fire safety. IFC staff have extensive experience of providing expert witness support on fire safety issues to legal cases. In particular, the fact that the company includes leading experts in fire safety across a wide range of technical areas means that we are very well placed to support the complex needs of legal cases.

IFC can provide support for legal cases on topics such as:

  • fire safety design of buildings;
  • fire performance requirements of materials;
  • site surveys to inspect installations and review their fire performance;
  • documentation review to confirm legal requirements and compliance against those requirements;
  • review of compliance against legal obligations, such as Building Regulations or Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order;
  • fire safety management requirements; and
  • reviews of the need for fire risk assessments and reviews of the adequacy of fire risk assessments that were carried out.

The list below is a brief summary of some more recent cases.


Case: Cadbury Trebor Bassett Partnership v ADT Fire and Security PLC 
Details: Retained by ADT - went to court 
Legal advisors:  Eversheds LLP 
Case:    Kingspan v Rockwool 
Retained by Kingspan - went to court 
Legal advisors:  Wragge & Co. 
Case:   London Borough of Southwark v London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority (concerning premises at Lakanal House, Sceaux Gardens, London SE5) 
Details:  Retained by London Borough of Southwark 
Legal advisors:   Burton Copeland 
Case:   Qatar Financial Centre Authority v Alfardan Real Estate Company LLC 
Details:  Retained by QFCA (went to Court in Doha) 
Legal advisors:   Eversheds Frere Cholmeley, Paris 
Case:   Primark Stores Ltd v Magna Park Mgmt Ltd, CPAM Ltd, Tyco (Atlas Fire Engineering), Young Contracting Co (Midlands) Ltd – Approx £140m 
Details:  Retained by Tyco (settled out of Court) 
Legal advisors:   Webster Dixon 
Case: Trading Standards v Magnet (Penrith) Ltd
Details: Retained by Magnet - case dropped
Legal advisors: Margott & Ritchie



Our team of experts will be pleased to discuss any of our services with you.

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