I write concerning gross inaccuracies in Zoe Blackler's report 'Koolhaas sues accuser's legal team to recoup £500K costs' (AJ 24.1.02) that are highly damaging to me personally.
She describes me as a 'discredited' expert witness. This is inaccurate, prejudicial and defamatory. The matter has been reported to the disciplinary committee of the RIBA, the ARB and the Academy of Experts. I will vigorously defend myself against all allegations made against me in my capacity as an expert witness, should either committee decide to hear the matter. Neither has not yet done so, let alone found against me.
She also states that Mr Justice Jacob 'slammed' my report. This is not true. He made comments about my evidence in court over which I am taking legal advice in respect of a possible complaint to the Lord Chancellor's Department.
Thirdly, the article alleges there are 'suggestions' I work as a full-time expert witness. This is not the case. My time is evenly divided between expert witness work and architectural practice on the other.
Finally, it was made clear to Miss Blackler that I am vigorously defending my position against these allegations and this was ignored in her article.
Michael D J Wilkey, London EC1