Who we are

Who we areWe are client focussed, commercially realistic, efficient, approachable, dedicated.

Forbes-Laird Arboricultural Consultancy (FLAC) is a small professional practice working throughout the UK and overseas. We cover all aspects of arboriculture though specialize in planning and litigation matters, and environmental hazard assessment and risk modelling. Click here to visit our natural hazard management microsite.

Principal Consultant Julian Forbes-Laird (JFL) is a Chartered Arboriculturist, a Chartered Surveyor, an Arboricultural Association Registered Consultant and an Expert Witness to High Court level.

JFL is also:

  • A technical editor for BS5837:2012
  • Member of BSI Committee B/213 ‘Trees and Tree Work’
  • Consultant to Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer, Paris
  • Lead author of the draft International Railway Standard ‘Technical aspects of vegetation and tree risk management’
  • Special advisor to Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd on tree risk management
  • Member of the Expert Witness Institute

If you need an arboricultural consultant, you don’t need a trainee, someone with no relevant qualifications, or someone trying his or her hand at ‘trees’ because they’ve failed to make a success of something else. You need an expert. At FLAC, all technical staff are qualified to NQF Level 6 (equivalent degree level qualification) or higher. A summary of our consultants’ typical qualifications (by grade) is as follows:

Associate Director: Chartered Arboriculturist, Arboricultural Association Registered Consultant, NQF6 qualification, >15 years’ experience, ten with FLAC

Associate: Chartered Arboriculturist or MSc Arboriculture, NQF6 qualification, >5 years’ experience

Senior Consultant: NQF6 qualification, >3 years’ experience

Consultant: NQF6 qualification

JFL is supported by a team of six regionally based consultants, giving FLAC national reach.

Our Operations Director for Planning & Development, Patrick Stileman, and Associate Director Ben Abbatt, are respectively among the UK’s leading authorities on the restoration and management of historic avenues, and tree safety inspection system design. Both Patrick and Ben are also Arboricultural Association Registered Consultants and experienced planning and civil court witnesses. Additionally, FLAC benefits from the advice of its Executive Consultant, Richard Nicholson, who is one of the UK’s most experienced and capable local government arboricultural officers. Whilst providing general guidance on local government matters, Richard leads our local authority strategic review team.

Click here to download company profile & JFL’s CV.

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