Mr France provides Accommodation Needs Reports and acts as Expert Witness or persons who have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of Clinical, Medical or Personal Injury.
He is an expert in inclusive design, and an expert witness to assess the suitability of property for disabled persons. Mr France offers substantial practical experience to design homes for people with disabilities. He provides accommodation reports for litigation purposes associated with future accommodation for severely disabled persons. They have usually suffered catastrophic injuries.
Mr France receives instructions directly from solicitors, acting on behalf of claimant or defendant, and can also be instructed as a single joint expert, our duty is as an independent expert witness is solely to the court. He will visit the claimant in their own home environment to assess all aspects of their disability needs and limitations, which may include aspects such as considering forms of access in, around and outside the property, as well as live-in carers and their accommodation.
Mr France considers all available evidence in medical, care and therapy reports in order to determine whether the claimant’s current property is suitable for their present needs and adaptation. He will undertake research in the locality to establish what type of property will be suitable, if the existing property is found to not be suitable based on the recommendations provided by medical experts for care and therapy.
Following the above assessment and considerations, thereafter we will prepare a detailed accommodation report outlining the suitability of the existing property and if it is not suitable, the type of appropriate property the individual will require, along with purchase cost, cost of adaptations and any further associated costs. Our report is then disclosed to the instructing solicitor and our involvement will remain through the general litigation process of conference with counsel, joint meetings and trial.
France + Associates are an award-winning architectural practice, regulated by RICS and registered with the CIAT.
Regular training on Lifetime Homes and Accessibility Audits in Public Buildings, Member and subscriber of the Centre of Accessible Environments and Habinteg, Expert Witness updates and training received by Bond Solon, 15 years practical experience of design and project management, for homes for persons with a range of varied disabilities