12. Expert Evidence and Representation

‘Expert’ is a word few prefer to use; the term expert evidence involves preparing sound and considered views on a project or development which will stand up to scrutiny from the public, commissioners and other experts called by the other side. It involves focusing on your own area of knowledge and not commenting on other areas of expertise. This protects your professional standing and avoids unnecessary scrutiny in a hearing. Experts are impartial despite being employed to support the view of one side; they are valued because they can see all sides of an argument and anticipate issues before they appear and have solutions woven into their designs for a development.

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