Expert witnesses

This Register is primarily for those in the legal profession who are seeking Expert Witnesses in cases involving, mountaineering, hill walking, abseiling, indoor and outdoor climbing, outdoor pursuits and related activities.

This Register is primarily for those in the legal profession who are seeking Expert Witnesses in cases involving, mountaineering, hill walking, abseiling, indoor and outdoor climbing, outdoor pursuits and related activities. Each person on the Register has undertaken expert witness training and has met rigorous selection criteria set out in the document entitled BMC Register of Expert Witnesses. This document is available here.

The people on the Register have a wide range of experience and expertise. Consequently, the information given below can only act as an approximate guide in choosing an Expert Witness. If you feel a person on the Register has the relevant expertise you will need to contact them to ascertain (a) whether they have precisely the expertise you require and (b) whether they are willing and able to take on a particular case.

The Register is set out under countries: England, Scotland and Wales and in alphabetical order of surnames.


Peter Cliff
Yorkshire & Northern England
07977 415095
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Areas of Expertise: Mountaineering & Skiing

Ian Dunn
Manchester & NW England
07969 884822
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Areas of Expertise: The construction, design and management of artificial climbing walls. I have also considerable experience of high standard climbing of all disciplines, including equipping of new routes, competitions and training and coaching climbing.

Chris Ensoll
Lake District & North West England
07796 868468 (m)
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Areas of Expertise: Active Alpine Guide in Europe, providing summer mountaineering, icefall climbing, off-piste skiing and ski-touring. Also guiding in the Lakes and winter climbing/mountaineering in Scotland. External Technical Adviser for Climbing and Trekking on Foot since the introduction of the AALA licensing scheme, providing advice to sixteen organisations. SPA provider since the award started and Director on MLA courses since 1997. Coached/mentored friends/colleagues, helping them to attain Winter MLA, MIA, MIC and BMG. Currently involved with training BMGs. Worked with young people in the outdoors since 1981 with huge variety of groups. A rock climber and regular user of climbing walls.

Ian Fenton
01254 886018 (h)
01254 886018 (w)
07979 278922 (m)
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Keith Fleming
East Sussex
01273 400415
07710 345322 (m)
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Areas of Expertise: Provider activity trips for schools, individuals and groups for over 20 years; Skills training for mountaineering and rock climbing; Provider of all MLTE awards, since 1994; Site-specific instructor training awards schemes for climbing walls, high ropes courses, zip wires etc; Provider of technical advice for AALA and other purposes since 1995. This includes private organisations, Education Authorities, London Boroughs, climbing walls and individuals; Part of Brighton and Hove Unitary Authority Outdoor Education Panel; Committee member of AAIAC; Previous experience with HM Coroner and have conducted post-incident investigations for local authorities and private organisations 

Terry Hubble
Lake District
01539 532532 (h)
01539 535333 (w)
07802 438009 (m)
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Areas of expertise: 39 years experience in mountaineering.  Mountaineering, Snow and Ice Climbing, Rock Climbing, Ropes Courses, Climbing Walls, Technical Outdoor Equipment, Group Dynamics, Leadership, Outdoor Management Development, Rigging and Safety for film and television, Concert Rigging. Course Director for MLA and contribute to SPA Courses.  Advising outdoor equipment retailers on appropriate use of equipment.  Based in Cumbria UK. Working worldwide.

Doug Jones
North West, East Midlands & East Anglia
01298 27774 (h)
07890 307663 (m)

Areas of Expertise: Rock climbing, hillwalking and mountaineering
(summer and winter), in the UK. Mountain leadership and rock climbing
instruction in the UK. Outdoor Centre work, particularly with young
people. Residential and non residential outdoor education adventure
activities (ropes courses, initiative tasks, orienteering etc.). Outdoor
Education in schools and the LEA approval system for educational visits.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Adge Last
Peak District
07753 904609 (m)
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Areas of Expertise: Climbing (both indoor and outdoor) mountaineering and outdoor education. I have experience over a twenty year period of providing expert reports and have given evidence in court on several occasions. I am currently active both personally as a climber, mountaineer and cyclist, and professionally as a manager and adviser in the broad field of outdoor education. My professional experience as a technical expert includes Governing Body, Local Authority, private sector and self employment. Located in the Peak District, but no geographical boundaries.

Ian Loombe
Sheffield / South Yorkshire
0114 2335858 (t)
07710 182339 (m)
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Areas of Expertise: Having been involved and qualified in mountaineering and climbing within the UK for over 15 years I would say that I have a very broad and comprehensive knowledge of best practice in this arena. I am also very experienced in the use of climbing walls having been a technical advisor and trainer in one for 10 years. I have a great deal of understanding of the Event management area of outdoor pursuits namely charity and public events such as fundraising abseils, adventure races etc. This final area of knowledge is developed through my managing of a company which runs events throughout the UK.

Mike Margeson
Lake District
01229 889721 (h)
07766 971477 (m)
07766 971477 (w)
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Areas of Expertise: 25 years experience as a full time mountaineering and outdoor education Instructor. Experience of local government/LEA, the private and charity/voluntary sectors of the industry. Have particular skills and experience of Leader and Instructor training and assessment and have been a member of Mountain Leader training board and various BMC specialist committees for a number of years. I also undetake technical advisor work for a variety of orgainisations including working as an Inspector for AALA the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority. My specialist area is Mountain Rescue as a current Mountain Rescue Team Leader and Equipment Officer of the Mountain Rescue Council of England and Wales and delegate to IKAR the International Commission for Alpine Rescue.

Dan McKinlay
0113 2190965 (h)
07984 970469 (m)
Areas of Expertise: 20 years experience as a full time outdoor education and mountaineering instructor specialising in technical advice and site specific training for schools, universities, commercial climbing walls and bouldering walls. Provider, Trainer and Assessor of mountaineering and climbing awards (ML,SPA,CWA).

Steve Richardson
Bristol / SW England
0117 965 3117 (h)
0117 941 3489 (w)
07979 350943 (m)

Mike Rosser
Peak District & Derbyshire
01629 640491 (h)
0845 345 8850 (w)
07767 386470 (m)
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Areas of Expertise: Hillwalking summer and winter, rock climbing, winter climbing and mountaineering in the UK; coastal and seacliffs; trekking worldwide; mountain training; climbing walls and education and youth.

Christopher Short FRGS

0844 8009029 (w)
07798 528239 (m)
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Areas of Expertise: Worldwide trekking and expeditions for adult groups and schools. Organised successful, expeditions to summit Everest and Makalu. Exclusive provider of tours for the Royal Geographical Society with IBG for five years.  Managing Director of a leading expedition company and provider of overseas adventurous school expeditions and lead provider of DoE Expeditions overseas.  Risk Assessment responsibility. Former British Army Infantry Major, Instructor/Chief Instructor of British Mountain Centre in Norway. Served as Director and on Executive Board, The British Association of International Mountain Leaders. Experienced Antarctic, Central Asia and Himalaya Leader. Fully conversant with the worldwide adventure travel business, organisation and structure.

Kevin Sidford
Peak District & Derbyshire
07976 460697 (m)
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Peter Stacey
07888 841792 (m)

Areas of Expertise: 36 years of mountaineering experience in the UK and abroad. Self-employed Mountain Instructor and approved course provider for ML, WGL, CWA and SPA schemes; part time AALS inspector and Lead Inspector for BAPA. Knowledge and experience of outdoor centre work with all ages; residential and day activity provision - all types of activities including ropes courses, climbing walls, gorge walking, etc. Overseas trekking experience with young people to developing countries (India, Morocco) as well other countries. Technical Advice on training and equipment for rock climbing and hillwalking; climbing wall management; currently Vice-Chair of MTUK the awarding body for all mountain training awards.  Recent investigations include ropes course, climbing wall and mountaineering incidents.

Ken Taylor
Lake District
07733 101855 (m)
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Areas of Expertise: My area is the management of land to which the public has access. I have prepared guidance to land managers for the Countryside Agency and the Countryside Council for Wales, and have produced expert reports to these and other government agencies on managing the risks to public health and safety on access land. I have also produced, for CCW, guidance to countryside visitors on their rights and responsibilities (entitled "Out in the Country"). I have also produced many expert reports for insurance companies and solicitors acting on behalf of clients responsible for land management (mainly farming).

Julian Walker
Bristol / SW England
0117 965 5498 (h)
0777 913 5556 (m)

Areas of Expertise: All aspects of the operational management of artificial climbing walls. Single pitch climbing and related
disciplines including traditional climbing, sports climbing, bouldering, deep water soloing and abseiling.

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Allen Fyffe
Aviemore, Scottish Highlands
01479 810417 (h)
01479 861248 (w)
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Areas of Expertise:  All areas of rock and winter climbing mainly, but not exclusively, in a UK context. Also extensive experience in instructing and assessing all aspects of summer and winter walking, mountaineering and climbing. Have previously appeared as an expert witness and written reports.

Bob Barton
01479 831583 (h)
07711 570211 (m)
Areas of Expertise: Qualified teacher, international mountain guide and published author. Combines worldwide experience of mountaineering with over twenty years experience as an expert witness. Prepared reports in more than forty cases and has given expert evidence in civil, criminal and coroner’s courts.
Particular expertise in:
·         Hill walking, rock-climbing, mountaineering
·         Avalanche avoidance and rescue
·         Alpine mountaineering on foot and ski
·         Scottish winter climbing and mountaineering
·         The use of mountain sports and other activities in outdoor education
·         The management of outdoor education and adventure activities
·         Mountaineering qualifications

George McEwan
Aviemore, Scottish Highlands
01479 810992 (h)
01479 861248 (w)
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Areas of Expertise:  Training and assessing aspirant instructors and leaders on the MTUK Mountain Instructor Scheme (MIA and MIC) and MLTS Mountain Leader and Single Pitch Award (SPA) schemes. Instructing and coaching climbers of varying abilities in both summer and winter climbing techniques, including guiding students on climbs and mountaineering routes in the UK. Teaching, coaching and instructing all aspects of technical ice climbing, with professional experience in both Norway and the UK, and personal experience abroad in areas such as Canada, Europe, Norway and Colorado.

Iain Peter
07836 642162 (m)
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Areas of expertise:  Extensive worldwide experience of mountaineering (summer, winter, alpine, expeditions, high altitude), rock and ice climbing, climbing walls, abseiling, ski-touring and ski-mountaineering, off-piste skiing. Extremely wide experience of Outdoor Centre management, commercial expeditions, instruction and guiding in all aspects of mountain, hill and rock based activities; mountaineering qualifications (training and assessment courses), care and supervision of young people in the outdoor environment, film and television safety.  IP has prepared reports for, and given evidence in, Criminal and Civil cases and at Coroner's court.  

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Nick Banks
North Wales
01492 641828 (w)

Rob Collister
01492 582448 (h)

Areas of Expertise:  UK rock-climbing, scrambling and hill-walking; Alpine climbing and mountaineering; Ski-mountaineering and off-piste skiing; Trekking and wilderness journeys; expeditions and high altitude mountaineering.

John Cousins
North Wales
01286 870059 (h)
01690 720129 (w)
07889 407810 (m)

Malcolm Creasey
North Wales
01248 601014 (h)
01690 720314 (w)
07714 091392 (m)
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Areas of Expertise:  My areas of expertise range from general hill walking, climbing and mountaineering throughout the UK, both in summer and winter to the European Alps and trekking peaks in the Himalayas. I also have some knowledge of travelling and operating in other third world countries and in dealing with indigenous populations and local guides. Having worked as a professional Mountain Guide and Instructor for over 30 years I also have expertise in the correct use of equipment, mountaineering techniques, and of introducing novices into the outdoors, and a range of traditional mountaineering situations.

Martin Doyle
North Wales
01690 710435 (h)
01690 720100 (w)
07798 786603 (m)

John Mainwaring
Noth Wales
01745 851814 (h)
07775595290 (m)

Steven Mayers
North Wales
01286 650334 (h)
01286 650045 (w)
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Areas of Expertise:  Main area of expertise is in managing a large indoor climbing centre, which I have been doing now for 11 years as well as overseeing a team of approx 20 freelance instructors. I have also been closely involved with the Association of British Climbing Centres (ABC) and have a thorough understanding of current best practice within the climbing wall industry. I have instructed in the outdoors for over 20 years and I am an MIA and SPA provider and so also have a good understanding of outdoor instructing issues.

Andy Newton
North Wales
01286 872317 (h)
01690 720361 (w)
07702 905208 (m)

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Outside the UK

Richard Mansfield
0033 608253353
Areas of Expertise: International Mountain Guide (IFMGA) since 1993, based in Chamonix France.  I work full time as an IFMGA guide year round.
Extensive worldwide experience of mountaineering , summer and winter climbing, alpine climbing, Greater Ranges expeditions, rock climbing, ice climbing, abseiling, off-piste skiing, ski-touring and ski-mountaineering also film and television logistics and safety.
4 years as Director of Training for the British Mountain Guides (2004 to 2008), currently still training and assessing for the BMG.
I have prepared reports for BMG in house accident enquiries and hearings.






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