Tom Docker Profile

Tom Docker BSc(Hons) MRICS CUEW, is a Senior Associate at Steven Docker Associates.

He is a Chartered Surveyor and highly experienced Accommodation Expert Witness, supporting litigators, Deputies, rehabilitation and case management professionals and individuals as they look to assess and build accessible, personalised and vibrant places to live post injury.

Expert witness work

“Tom is a very good expert. He’s approachable, helpful and very knowledgable. He works to and meet deadlines and the quality of his reports is excellent. In conferences with counsel and clients, he explains complex issues clearly.  I highly recommend him.”

Tom has over 10 years’ experience as an Expert Witness for the Court on the accommodation needs of disabled individuals in personal injury and clinical negligence claims – producing reports for both Claimant and Defendant lawyers.

He is a Tier One Expert for the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and also hold the Certificate of Expert Witness Accreditation from Cardiff University Law School. 

As an RICS Registered Valuer, Tom is also best placed to advise the Court on the value of residential properties and any Betterment element associated with adaptation works.

Accommodation expertise

As well as regularly accepting instructions from solicitors representing Claimants and Defendants to produce Expert Witness reports, Tom is also head of the Property Search and Acquisitions Department.

He has assessed the suitability of residential properties to meet the needs of disabled individuals and the feasibility of adaptation works since 2005. He is also regularly involved with the implementation of inclusive design projects and construction cost management within the Architectural Services Department. 

Tom specialises in designing residential adaptation schemes for people with a wide range of disabilities, including spinal cord injuries, acquired brain injuries, cerebral palsy and amputations. 

He is hands-on with day-to-day project management, from property acquisition (purchase and rental) to the implementation of inclusive design projects for individuals with severe disabilities throughout the UK and beyond.

He has designed a wide range of schemes for the adaptation of existing properties and specifically designed new-build dwellings to meet the needs of disabled individuals and gained experience in the preparation of working drawings, Specification of Works, building contracts and construction costs analysis. Tom has also consulted on the design of residential rehabilitation centres.

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