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Mr David Cannell

Professional Description:

Expert in Naval Architecture & Marine Surveying



DMC Marine
3 Bawley House
Walter Radcliffe Road
Area of work:

Nationwide and Worldwide


Expert Witness in cases involving craft of various types in the High Court, Admiralty Court and County Courts, together with cases in the USA and EU.  I have acted as an Expert in over 170 Cases, many of which involved giving evidence in Court.

I have acted as Arbitrator, including Chairman of 3 person Arbitration panel for an International dispute.

I have acted as a formal Mediator in marine disputes, largely involving yachts, and also provided informal settlement advice to parties in dispute.

Appointed as Joint Technical Expert in a number of cases to give decision on technical matters in disputes involving new construction and subsequent alleged deficiencies.

Appointment as Expert by both parties to provide Expert Determination, largely involving super and mega yachts in a number of disputes internationally.

Expert advice on personal injury involving yachts and commercial vessels, cause & liability.

Advice to insurers in many cases to assist the underwriters in providing a settlement.

I also have over 45 years' experience in design, survey and overseeing build of pleasure and commercial vessels (power and sail) to approximately 150m length in steel, FRP, aluminium alloy and wood construction, together with technical analysis, including stability, powering and structural design.


Fellow Royal Institution of Naval Architects. Fellow Yacht Designers & Surveyors Association. Chartered Engineer. Member of Academy of Experts. Past Chairman Yacht Designers & Surveyors Association. Past Chairman Small Craft Technical Committee of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. Yachtmaster Ocean with Commercial Endorsement.

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