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What is Metal Expert Witness?

Metal Expert Witness (MEW) is a specialised advisory business that is focused on the upstream and downstream ferrous and non-ferrous industries. Most typically, we work (through lawyers) for clients involved in metals and mining sector litigation work. We are experienced in working with leading law firms to write robust independent reports, and have solid cross-examination and tribunal credentials.

Experienced Independent Metal Experts

The MEW group consists of over a dozen experts, with capabilities covering geology, mining, ore processing, pellet-making, metal production, technology issues and transport logistics. Our experience covers iron, steel, aluminium, cobalt, copper, gold, lead, lithium, molybdenum, nickel, silver and zinc. It also encompasses the 3T metals [tantalum, tin, tungsten] and the PGMs or platinum group metals [including ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium, and platinum].

Most of our technical experts have 30 or more years of metal industry manufacturing or advisory experience. Experts' backgrounds typically include operational experience in the mining and metals sector, senior level consultancy experience, or both. Please contact us to see the CVs of particular experts specialising in specific metals or minerals topics.

Location and time zone

We are located near London, in the United Kingdom. Much of our advisory work is undertaken for clients in Western, Central and Eastern Europe, in the Americas, in the Middle East and in Africa. We are able to operate virtually using modern video conferencing tools.


MEW is owned and operated by Metals Consulting International Limited (MCI), an independent and privately-owned management consulting business that was founded in 2003. MCI runs several different businesses, each of which serve international clients. Other organisations within the MCI Group include the service [steel sector legal support], the information portal, and the Saint Barbara metals minerals and mining consultancy practice.

Professional Fee Rates

We charge competitive hourly fee rates for all litigation work. These charges cover discussions, client meetings, preparation time, plant visits (if required), data analysis, report-writing, travel and court appearances; as well as business overheads. Our fees are reviewed in January each year to ensure cost competitiveness.

Shortly after we have discussed your case, we will prepare a letter of engagement that sets out our role in assisting you, as well as the estimated duration of our involvement and the appropriate hourly fees (and expenses, where necessary). Our work will only commence after these fees are agreed in writing (and indeed, only once checks are completed to ensure that conflicts of interest do not arise).

We thus give clients full price transparency with respect to all professional services that are provided.

How can I contact you?

Please see our contact page. You can also telephone us directly on +44 775 149 0885. We will be pleased to have a no-obligation introductory discussion about your case in order to establish whether we are likely to be able to assist you; and to check for conflicts of interest.

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