Resulting from the practice’s specialisation in Residential and Healthcare, seven of our Architects (David Cowan, John Shaw, Eddie Lamptey, Simon Duffy, Marisa Shek, Gavin Hill and Julia Hockin) act as Expert Witnesses in the High Court on disability matters. This entails visiting claimants in their homes, assessing their current and future housing needs together with the adaptations needed to make their current or future home fully accessible.

Research into alternative accommodation is also frequently necessary and we work closely with the claimant, their carers and occupational therapists to ensure that the appropriate environment is provided.

Although our cases are mainly in the United Kingdom, this specialism has taken us as far afield as France, Spain, Italy and the United States.

Cowan Architects has a rolling programme of commissions to work with claimants after the settlement of their case, using the expertise within the practice to design accommodation to meet their specific needs.

We have completed numerous private home conversions, as well as new-build properties for people with learning and physical difficulties.


David Cowan
Architect | Expert Witness

Marisa Shek
Associate Director
Architect | Expert Witness

Simon Duffy
Architect | Expert Witness

Edmund Lamptey
Architect | Expert Witness

Gavin Hill
Architect | Expert Witness

Julia Hockin
Architect | Expert Witness