Robert Laycock is an experienced expert witness and is instructed by a number of legal firms each year. Usually, cases are settled on the basis of the expert report before they come to court, though he is experienced in court appearances and being cross-examined. Two cases of major importance which did “go the distance” were:
Somergreen Turf won their planning appeal against Somerset County Council and several other local councils in July 1997, using Robert Laycock as an expert witness. If this appeal had failed it would have represented a threat to all well-managed modern cultivated turf farms.
By confirming that cultivated turf is an agricultural crop, this case helped other turf producers and ensured that high quality turf continues to be available for use in landscaping and sports turf.
Robert Rice, trading as The Garden Guardian, won his case against Great Yarmouth Borough Council in May 1999, using Robert Laycock as an expert witness in a case which is of great significance to landscape companies working for local authorities in the UK:
“…the Judge placed considerable reliance on your evidence and was impressed with your report. [We are] extremely grateful for the help you have provided and the professional way in which you gave evidence. Once again many thanks.” – extract from a letter received from client solicitors.
More recently, cases have involved turf quality and insurance claims.
After a recent case where he acted as the Defendant’s expert witness, the instructing solicitor wrote:
“I firmly believe that the quality of your report and the resoluteness of your opinion detrimentally affected the Claimant’s case…”