Consulting & Expert Witness

Litigation opinions on questions of seamanship

I’ve worked as an Expert Witness on several cases. These have varied from minor injuries sustained in small open craft to precedent-setting issues relating to major ocean races.

I read law at university, was at the Inner Temple, but never practised as I ran away to sea. The years at university trained my mind and I find this immensely helpful when dealing with legal cases.


I have worked with individuals on various difficulties and have been a consultant for US Sailing. Here are some of the areas I have been asked about. If you think I can help you, please contact me.

  • Choice of a design and sometimes a builder for a new cruising yacht

  • Seeing a client through the selection and purchase of a used boat

  • Entering the Yachtmaster scheme – how to set about the practical examination

  • Recurring boat-handling problems and other challenges of general seamanship

  • Training professional yacht skippers and instructors

  • Cruise selection and planning

  • Gaff rig. How to use it, modify it, design it and generally extract the best from it