Expert Witness and Testimony

The provision of Expert Witness and Expert Testimony Services is an area of practice that we are especially proud to specialise in.

Peter Glass (BLArch), with over 33 years of experience as a professional landscape architect in addition to earlier valuable experience in the landscape construction and horticulture industries, has both the understanding and technical knowledge to assist with the provision of Expert Witness and Expert Testimony in our areas of expertise.

Peter Glass appreciates the importance of acting as an expert witness and providing expert testimony. Peter understands the responsibility placed upon him and he enjoys the opportunity to address the mental and technical challenges that are placed before him.

On a general level, Peter’s areas of expertise relate to our specialist fields of Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning and Swimming Pool Design, and extend to cover issues relating to recreational planning and design; horticultural design, plant selection and suitability plus associated issues; safety and compliance issues; landscape design and construction issues; on-slab waterproofing, drainage and associated roof garden issues; etc.

Peter Glass has successfully assisted a large range of Clients over the years and has acted on behalf of both individuals and corporations, right through to Local and State Government authorities and organisations.

Peter’s successful assistance with a large range of Expert Witness and Expert Testimony  matters, extending from private arbitration and mediation to the Local, District and Land & Environment Courts, and through to the Supreme Court, has been largely attributed to Peter Glass’s:

  • vast experience in, extensive knowledge of, and recognised passion for the numerous facets of our areas of expertise, including landscape architecture, swimming pool design, environmental planning and horticulture, in combination with -
  • his talent for clear, logical and lateral thought processes
  • his deep understanding of the relevancies of the various aspects of each matter
  • his honed skill for investigating matters in an appropriately forensic manner
  • his ability to locate and identify the critical elements of a matter,
  • his highly competent, concise yet descriptive manner of preparing reports and other documents of evidence,
  • his understanding of exactly where a matter ceases to be within his area of expertise, and
  • his comfortable and professional manner whilst under examination or cross-examination.

Peter Glass has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of NSW and is also:
An Associate of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AAILA)
A Registered Landscape Architect (RLA)
A Member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture (MAIH)
A Member of the Parks and Leisure Association (MPLA)

Matters for which expert report and testimony services have been provided have included the following:

Personal Accident -

  • The death from accident of a cyclist riding through a National Park
  • The brain injury of a child as a result of falling into a stormwater channel
  • Spinal injuries to young people from diving into public and commercial pools under varying circumstances
  • The eye injury received by a young child as a result of suspect landscape maintenance in a caravan park
  • The serious injury of a pedestrian walking down external stairs in licensed premises 
Landscape Architecture and Urban Design -
  • The assessment of multi-story developments in relation to visual intrusion and screen planting
  • The assessment of Development Applications in relation to general landscape architectural issues
Construction-Related Matters -
  • Assessment of landscape and swimming pool construction projects in relation to contractual obligations, including in relation to quality of work
  • Mediation between clients and contractors