Mr Stephen Garven

TAE Accreditations

  • Expert Witness

Qualifications

  • CEDR Accredited Mediator (2017)
  • Member of Expert Witness Institute MEWI (2021)
  • CMC Registered (2021)

Expert Witness Snapshot

Initially trained as an offshore diver in the 1980s, I have gone on to gather more than 30 years of senior experience in the Oil and Gas Industry in very complex, challenging locations across the globe, both offshore and onshore. Combining that experience with extensive training and continual CPD, I have established a reputation over nearly two decades as a thoughtful, perceptive and thoroughly reliable expert witness and advisor, covering diving, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and subsea operations.

Maintaining currency in a rapidly changing world is key for any expert witness. I remain highly active, retaining the certification to work offshore, while holding senior consultancy, subject matter expert and diving technical authority roles with many major operators, and participating in key industry workgroups. As well as keeping me well informed, this keeps my thinking fresh.

No two cases are the same – from the first communication, I plan and prepare that every case may go to court. As well as providing the experience, knowledge and expertise that my clients require, I am told that I am a very adept and competent professional to work with. I put this down to a focus on a positive mindset, a personable approach, and a straightforward attitude to communication.

I am highly experienced in writing court-compliant reports, attending meetings with legal teams, onsite and offsite reconstructions and appearing to give evidence. I have worked closely with many major legal firms, many of which are repeat clients who consider me as their first point of communication.

My experience is underpinned with training in civil law and procedure, report writing, expert witness courtroom skills and expert witness cross-examination skills from Bond Solon and The Academy of Experts.  I am accredited by the Expert Witness Institute (EWI), the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) as an international mediator, a Civil Mediation Council (CMC) registered Mediator, vetted/registered with the Law Society of Scotland, have a wealth of experience in expert determination and early expert evaluation, as well as being an accident/incident investigation root cause specialist.

I always provide an objective, unbiased opinion following the highest standards of client care and professional integrity.

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