Sports Pitch Expert Witness

Expert Witness

Sports pitch construction expert witness

Inevitably there are failures in sports pitch construction and management.  These can involve the playing surface or inadequate drainage. Furthermore, hazards can arise on the playing surface that endanger the safety of players. This has often led to court appearance testifying as an expert witness.

After more than 40 years in the turfgrass industry and being a contractor for half that period before confining my services to consulting, I have acquired knowledge on the causes of failure following drainage inadequacies, poor design or improper construction methods.  As a qualified agronomist and specialising in soil science and drainage this experience in turfgrass projects enables me to give sound professional advice and defend my stance in areas of dispute.

At times of heavy or persistent rainfall I have been approached to advise on drainage needs – but more often called in to prepare a statement to assist in ending a dispute between the owner and the contractor who has completed drainage or construction works.  This has often led to court appearance testifying as an expert witness.


“Gordon has assisted our practice now on a number of projects in which the construction of new playing fields, or the improvement of existing playing fields, has been required. His work has always been to the highest standard and, despite the vagaries of the weather and the planning system, Gordon has always delivered a quality product on time and to budget.”

“Gordon Jaaback was appointed to undertake a detailed assessment of a grassed sports facility which had consistently been waterlogged and unplayable since construction. Gordon’s expertise, knowledge and attention to detail have been invaluable in establishing both why the pitches are unplayable and the options available in order to rectify the facility. Whilst the issues have been complex and challenging, Gordon has responded in both a timely and highly effective format which has ensured that all parties have not only been fully informed but also professionally and practically advised.”

“I have known Gordon Jaaback since 1996 in my capacity as Course Manager at Willingdon Golf Club.  Gordon is an extremely articulate man with a professional knowledge of his subject that could only have been achieved over many years.  His expertise in understanding water, both in its application and drainage, is second to none and his advice is always based on logic and fact and not assumption.  Gordon has the ability to make his point understood by people of all levels and ages and his reports are always of the highest standard and extremely professional in their presentation.”

“Planning conditions for the development of a new upper college building at Futures Community College required an appraisal of the condition of the existing playing fields. Gordon was engaged to undertake a detailed site assessment and then to implement the recommendations of his report; preparing the specifications for the works and supervising the works on site. Gordon has displayed tremendous enthusiasm, comprehensive knowledge and expertise. This, together with his fastidious attention to detail and his continuing support have produced resulting pitches that promise to be a superb asset for the College.”

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