G.M.Beresford Hartwell, Engineer, Expert, Arbitrator and Mediator

Experience as an Expert Witness (Witness of Opinion)

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Geoffrey Hartwell is a former (1996-1997)
Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
and former (1997-2001) President of the Society of Construction Arbitrators

40 Brambledown Road
Wallington, Surrey,
United Kingdom SM6 0TF
Telephone +44 (0)20 8401 2873
E-Mail geoffrey@beresfordhartwell.com

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Listed by:

  • Academy of Experts

  • Law Society

  • UK Register of Expert Witnesses

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

  • ICC Centre d'Expertise, Paris

  • Expert Witness Institute

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Geoffrey Hartwell was Senior Partner of BHA Cromwell House Consulting Engineers. He lectures on arbitration, on the FIDIC series of contracts and on technical aspects of legal issues. and also acts regularly as an expert witness (and as joint expert). He also offers a one-day, in-house, interactive course on the role of the technical expert in litigation and in the resolution of disputes. His experience includes Expert Determination as well as acting as Expert appointed by Tribunals or by parties in arbitration and litigation.

Classes of Tribunal before which Geoffrey Hartwell has given evidence:

Magistrates Court

Crown Court

County Court

High Court

Arbitration (Domestic)

Arbitration (International)
Party Appointed
Tribunal Appointed

Other capacities in which Geoffrey Hartwell has been engaged:

Assessor to an investigative tribunal (international)

Arbitrator and Adjudicator
(Domestic and International)

Technical Advocate
(International Arbitration)

Special Referee
(High Court of Justice of the IOM)

Expert Determination (as Neutral)


Mediator between Experts
( to resolve issues part of case)

Model making for evidential purposes

Fields of Technical Activity in which Geoffrey Hartwell has experience:

Mechanical Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Control Systems & Automation

Fire Investigation

Accident Investigation

Nuclear Energy and Fuel Processing

Information Technology

Electric Shock


Marine and Maritime Engineering

Energy Use

Safety and Product Liability

Mechanical Handling

Aircraft and Missile Instrumentation

Electricity and Gas Metering,

Contract Evaluation

Examples of some cases in which Geoffrey Hartwell has been involved: Please note that all client's affairs are treated as confidential and hence further details of these examples cannot be provided. This is by no means an exclusive list.

  • Alterations and delays to a power station computer control system

  • Alterations and delays to power station plant installation

  • Construction of boilers, pipework and insulation

  • Manslaughter by negligent electrical installation

  • Attempted murder by electric shock

  • Performance of packaging machinery for domestic dry goods

  • Sorting and packaging system for polyester yarn

  • Patent infringement concerning packaging machinery for drinks

  • Administering a noxious substance (cattle shock device used as warning)

  • Malfunction of multi-colour printing machinery

  • Copying of designs and drawings

  • Construction of works manufacturing vegetable oil derivatives - margarine etc.

  • Whether analytical instruments were functioning correctly

  • Use of telephone answering machine

  • Whether threatening telephone calls made from telephone

  • Cellular phone (mobile phone) and cell site analysis

  • Whether proper precautions taken in demolition

  • Damage caused by road works and by water leakage.

  • Design of roadside testing machine for racing equipment

  • Various industrial injuries and fatalities

  • Causes of corrosion penetrating ships hull

  • Failure of large bearings

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