An expert's nightmare: Trebor Bassett v ADT

This paper assesses a case about a fire which destroyed Trebor Bassett's factory at Pontefract on 8th June 2005. This case has a number of points of interest to adjusters in regard to court procedure, the brief when appointing experts (or indeed lawyers) and expert's duties.

It started as a small fire in the popcorn production area which the workers thought had been extinguished by applying a hose to the hopper and emptying pop-corn on the floor and stamping out the flames. After this the fire alarm sounded and the Fire Brigade were called. They failed to immediately inspect the affected area being told that the fire had been extinguished. However shortly afterwards it developed into a catastrophic fire which could only be fought defensively and which destroyed the building resulting in a £100m+ claim.