Why select Peter Lumley as an expert witness?

Peter Lumley is an expert engineer and can call upon significant multidisciplinary engineering support in process, piping, instrumentation, electrical, structural and metallurgy/welding in the fields of onshore and offshore oil/gas processing, petroleum refining, petroleum products, LPG, LNG and NGL including all associated utilities and power generation. To explore how Peter Lumley can provide expert engineering consultancy and expert witnessing please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Mr. Peter Lumley is a Law Society approved expert witness and trained as a single joint expert and received training with Bond Solon. Mr. Peter Lumley been instructed on over 70 cases in the last 20 years and has successfully given evidence in 26 cases. 

He has completed work for companies worldwide and his trial-proven expertise is greatly sought after. Please find below descriptions of some of the cases that Mr. Lumley has undertaken as an expert witness on behalf of companies and corporations worldwide. Below is a list of expert witness services Peter Lumley can assist with:

  • Site surveys
  • Review of construction design and records
  • Analysis of cost estimates and bids
  • Reporting on design defects, delays and disruption on construction design
  • Equipment surveys
  • Advice on Internal Rate of Return (IRR) calculations
  • Performance review and reporting
  • Damage assessments

Expert Witness experience in Oil and Gas Petrochemicals, Pharmaceuticals and Manufacturing

Below are a variety of specific examples of how Peter Lumley has provided his expert witness services to companies and business owners around the world.
  • Prepared expert report and gave evidence at UK Crown Court criminal proceedings regarding design and purchasing oil facility equipment in Iraq.
  • Prepared expert reports and gave evidence in ICC hearing in December 2019 in New York on design defects for an LNG plant and LNG storage for two modular LNG trains.
  • Prepared expert report and gave evidence at the Mediation on the scope of the contractor`s EPC work for wellheads, flow lines and central processing unit for gas and oil production in the southern Mediterranean area.
  • Prepared expert report on the design and supply of a CHP plant including GE gas turbines to Russia.
  • Prepared expert report on the design and supply of a CCGT plant including Siemens gas turbines in Georgia.
  • Prepared expert report and gave evidence on the mechanical design of pasteurising tanks and heaters and a waste to biogas plant in UK.
  • Prepared expert report as an expert adviser on the design of a enzyme production plant in UK
  • Prepared expert report on design and construction of a large Wiggins type gasometer.
  • Prepared expert report on design and construction defects of new diesel storage tanks and facilities at Boots, Nottingham.
  • Prepared expert report on loss of electrical power and shutdown at Stanlow Oil Refinery.
  • Prepared expert reports and gave evidence on the manufacture of aluminium profiles.
  • Prepared expert on the design and construction of gas pipeline in Northern Ireland on behalf of the contractor.
  • Prepared expert report and gave evidence at ICC hearing in Paris on quantum/valuation of process equipment in the manufacture of seamless pipe for the chemical industries.
  • Prepared expert reports and gave evidence (including “hot tubbing”) on the design, materials and construction of oil and gas piping systems.
  • Prepared expert reports and gave evidence on the design defects, materials and construction of a PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) manufacturing plant in UK on behalf of an EP contractor.
  • Prepared expert report and gave evidence on construction defects and remedial works on an EPC contract for the construction of a new LPG plant in Algeria on behalf the EPC Contractor
  • Carried out site survey, review of design and construction records and prepared expert report on design defects, quantum and delay on a new pharmaceutical plant in UK.
  • Prepared expert report and gave evidence at the International Court of Arbitration on behalf of the contractor in regard to alleged design and construction defects in an EPC contract for an offshore gas processing plant and gas pipeline in Africa.
  • Prepared expert report and gave evidence on process and mechanical design defects and construction on a sour gas LPG processing plant and sales gas pipelines in Iraq.
  • Prepared expert report and quantum analysis on 3-D piping design and stress analysis work on a topside skid on behalf of the Design contractor.
  • Prepared expert advice on the design and construction of PTA (pure terephthalic acid) production plants in China.
  • Prepared expert reports on design and defects on waste treatment plants including bioreactors, scrubbers and waste water treatment technology in in a combined waste heat power generation plant in UK.
  • Preparation of expert report on investigation and analysis of problems with the EPC contractor in achieving steam cleaning of high-pressure steam pipe work in a combined waste heat power generation plant. Instructions from the contractor RWE Npower Renewables (Markinch) Ltd.
  • Prepared expert report analysing the cost estimate and bid prepared for the design, procurement, manufacture and transport FOB Antwerp of a convection bank heat exchanger economiser for the power generating plant at Fertiliser Complex in the Middle East.
  • Instructed by the International Court of Arbitration to give independent expert opinion and gave evidence to the Tribunal in respect to quantum on process and mechanical engineering issues at an LDPE plant in EU.
  • Prepared expert report on design, construction and commissioning issues in relation to ash waste disposal at a major power generating station in Serbia on behalf of the contractor.
  • Prepared expert report on the design and operation of a chemical etching line for automobile castings on behalf of the Owner following a fire at the factory.
  • Prepared expert reports and gave evidence on construction and commissioning defects on a 400,000 tpa LDPE plant on behalf of SABIC (Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation).
  • Prepared expert report and quantum for the Owner in respect of a claim against a consulting engineer in respect to the design and project management of a process plant using waste material feed (fly ash) from a power station in UK.
  • Prepared expert reports and gave evidence at the International Court of Arbitration on EPC project cost estimates (quantum) and design and construction changes in respect to a 1,060 Mt/day nitric acid and ammonium nitrate plant in the Middle East.
  • Prepared expert reports and gave evidence on the construction of access platforms and lifting operations at a boatyard that had caused serious personal injury to the operator.
  • Prepared expert report on design and construction defects at a coking plant at a power station in Brazil on behalf of Chinese Contractor.
  • Prepared quantum analysis of like-for-like replacement of production machinery in respect to the owners claim for £63 million for rebuilding one of the largest confectionary factories in UK, following a major fire.
  • Prepared expert report and gave evidence at the International Court of Arbitration on behalf of a pipeline contractor in a dispute regarding the design and construction defects and repair costs (quantum) in the Azerbaijan to Turkey BTC pipeline.
  • Prepared expert report on cement grout pump causing serious personal injury to the operator.
  • Prepared expert report on air operated hoist during maintenance operations in FCC reactor whilst unloading the refactory that caused serious personal injury to the operator.
  • Prepared an expert report and gave evidence to the ICC tribunal on construction and commissioning issues in regard to an air separation unit (ASU) in Oman.
  • Prepared expert report and quantum analysing the cost estimate and bid prepared by heat exchanger supplier for the design and supply of a convection bank heat exchanger economiser for the power generating plant at a Fertiliser Complex in the Middle East.
  • Prepared expert report on behalf of the Owner on design defects, delay, disruption and preferential engineering on sour gas high-pressure flow lines, valves, oil and gas separation (LPG and NGL), storage and transportation systems in Kazakhstan.
  • Prepared expert report on behalf of Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) on contractors claims on design defects, delay, disruption and preferential engineering on sour gas high-pressure flow lines, valves, oil and gas separation (LPG and NGL), and storage facilities.
  • Prepared expert report and gave evidence in UK High Court on the failure of an access platform leading to personal injury.
  • Prepared expert report on breakdowns and quality control on a continuous strapping line.
  • Prepared expert reports in defense of the HSE prosecution relating to the failure of the overflow protection system and its alleged causation of the overtopping of storage tanks and subsequent explosion at the Buncefield oil storage depot in December 2005. This followed the successful civil defense (see below).
  • Prepared expert report on design defects, delay, disruption and preferential engineering on the design and construction of cryogenic natural gas processing and storage facilities for LPG/LNG and in Yemen.
  • Prepared expert report and gave evidence on contaminated LPG feed to ethylene cracker in EU.
  • Prepared expert report on the failure of a temporary strainer in the suction line to main gas compressor (13 MW) at National Grid compressor station, work involved fatigue analysis and vibration analysis due to high gas flow rates.
  • Analysis on behalf of the Owner on delay, disruption and preferential engineering claims from an EPC contractor in respect to Middle East offshore accommodation modules and the Owners counterclaims regarding quality of engineering and programme issues.
  • Prepared expert report on the quality of manufacture and fitness for purpose of alloy steel valves. Investigations required metallurgical examination and review of production processes to ISO 9002 procedures.
  • Preparation of expert report in the successful defence of of claims regarding the failure of an oil storage tank at Buncefield Oil Depot and subsequent major explosion.
  • Prepared expert quantum report on the cost of repair of a high-speed aluminium rolling mill following a fire.
  • Prepared expert report on design and construction project management issues comprising delay, disruption and preferential engineering for FEED (front end engineering design) and EPCC (detailed engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning) of a 4,500MT per annum Methanol Plant in Russia.
  • Prepared expert advice on cryogenic storage and piping design and insulation requirements at South Hook LNG plant Pembroke UK, on behalf of the Contractor.
  • Provided expert advice on the manufacture of finned heat exchanger tubes.
  • Prepared expert report and gave evidence at the International Court of Arbitration on behalf of the EPC contractor in respect to the design and construction of gas compression and underground storage (LNG) facilities in Turkey.
  • Prepared expert report on the quality of manufacture and fitness for purpose of stainless steel of automotive fuel tanks in respect to claim against the stainless steel supplier. Investigated failures of deep drawing process undertaking FMEA (failure mode and effects analysis) and compliance with ISO 9002 procedures. Prepared expert report including metallurgical examination, and gave evidence at mediation.
  • Prepared expert reports and gave evidence at the International Court of Arbitration on behalf of the Owner in successfully defending claims from the EPC contractor and pursuing counterclaims on equipment defects in a major process plant. The work had been undertaken under the FIDIC orange book on the basis of a basic design provided by the Owner and the dispute revolved around the extent of the basic design and alleged defects in the basic design.
  • Prepared expert report and gave evidence on the quality of manufacture and fitness for purpose in respect to a claim from the purchaser against a manufacturer of a agricultural process equipment.
  • Prepared expert report on petroleum storage and filling facilities at Triumph Motorcycles following a major.
  • Prepared expert report on petroleum, diesel and heavy fuel oil distribution and cost structures and refining margins in Ukraine in respect of a dispute on the valuation of a Ukrainian refinery and distribution network comprising 50 filling stations.
  • Undertook site survey and prepared expert report on a petroleum filling station and underground storage facilities in respect to criminal investigation of petroleum product substitution by Avgas and VAT fraud.
  • Prepared expert report on the pipe specifications and manufacturing methodology for pipe bombs in a criminal/terrorist investigation in Northern Ireland.
  • Prepared expert reports and gave evidence on water treatment plant at Jersey Power Station.. The failure of plastic piping systems in the water treatment plant led to a spillage of concentrated hydrochloric.
  • Prepared expert report on the world market for the petroleum additive TEL and providing advice on the valuation of a process plant to produce TEL.
  • Prepared expert report and gave evidence on the heat exchangers and cooling water/glycol system in two 2.3 MW standby diesel generators.
  • Prepared an expert report and gave evidence on project management issues comprising delay, disruption and preferential engineering including analysis of Primavera, on behalf of the Owner in the International Court of Arbitration in defence of a claim by the EPC contractors regarding the basic and detailed design, procurement, construction and commissioning of an integrated gas combined cycle power plant in Italy.
  • Prepared an expert report and gave evidence as a single joint expert on mechanical handling.
  • Prepared Expert report on the Owners’s claim for lack of performance of table salt processing plant in Africa.
  • Prepared Expert report and gave evidence for Purchaser in respect of a successful claim against insurers for a piping and cooling water system failure.
  • Prepared expert report for pump manufacturer in respect of a successful claim against a consulting engineer/design contractor for failure of a cooling water circuit and heat exchangers at a pharmaceutical plant, Portsmouth.
  • Prepared expert report and gave evidence to the International Court of Arbitration on behalf the Contractor, in their successful defence of a claim by the Owner on the design of a vitamin C plant. Work included design review of all utilities including ultra pure filtration for water treatment, demineralisation plant and effluent treatment plant.
  • Prepared expert report for Total Oil in their successful defence of a claim over mechanical failure of a turbo expander machine at a UK Natural Gas Plant to separate LPG and NGL products.
  • Prepared evidence for ARCO (Atlantic Richfield) in defence of failure of mechanical equipment at Texaco Pembroke refinery.
  • Assisted preparation of Expert Report for Wimpey, as Contractor, in their successful defence of a claim by Texaco, the Owner, relating to design of pressure vessels and mechanical failure of a vacuum loading system for catalysts at the Pembroke refinery.

Instructing solicitors in alphabetical order:

  • Arnold, Davies, Cooper, London
  • Baker Botts LLP, New York and London
  • Berrymans Lace Mawer, London
  • Bar & Karrer AG, Zurich
  • Berwin Leighton Paisner, London
  • Bird and Bird, London
  • Blatchfords, London
  • BP Collins, London
  • Clifford Chance, Paris
  • Clyde & Co, London
  • CMS Cameron McKenna, London
  • Cobbetts, Birmingham
  • DAC Beachcroft, London
  • David Phillips and Partners, Essex
  • Davies Arnold Cooper, London
  • Davies Lavery, London.
  • Deacons, Hong Kong
  • Decimus Fearon LLP, London
  • Dentons, London
  • Dickinson Dees, Newcastle
  • DLA, Birmingham
  • DWF, Manchester
  • Freeth Cartwright, Manchester
  • Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP, New York
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London and Paris
  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, Washington
  • Gide Loyrette Nouel, Paris
  • Greenwoods, London
  • Gross and Co, Bury St Edmunds
  • Halliwells, London and Manchester
  • Holman Fenwick Willan, London and Qatar
  • Howard Kennedy, London
  • Kennedys, London, Bath and Birmingham
  • Kinstellar, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Lalive, Geneva
  • Mayer Brown International, London
  • McNulty & Co, Basingstoke
  • Mills & Reeve, Birmingham
  • Norton Rose Fulbright, London
  • Pinsent Masons, Glasgow and London
  • Rawlinson Butler, Crawley
  • Reid Minty, London
  • Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP (RPC), London 00
  • Sandersons, Hull
  • Shadbolt & Co, Reigate
  • Shoosmiths, Reading
  • Simmons & Simmons, London & Dubai, UAE
  • Smyth and Co, Hong Kong
  • Stewarts Law, London
  • Watson, Farley & Williams, Bangkok
  • Weightmans LLP, Newcastle, UK
  • Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering and Dorr, London
  • White and Case, London
  • Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, Newcastle,UK

Instructing insurers:-

  • AIG
  • G A B Robins

Direct instructions received from:-

  • ICC, Paris Independant expert advice to an ICC Tribunal
  • Lurgi AG, Frankfurt, Germany
  • NEM BV, Netherlands
  • Komori UK Ltd
  • Air Products, UK
  • Clyde Bergemann Drycon GmbH, Germany
  • Ferrostaal, Essen, Germany
  • Hill International, London
  • RWE, Germany
  • Siemens Industrial Turbo Machinery, UK
  • GW Pharmaceuticals
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