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    Dr Richard Wild Weathernet

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    With 18 years experience, WeatherNet provides legal weather services, historical weather data, forensic meteorologists and expert witness interpretation to the legal profession and all those involved in criminal or civil litigation.

    WeatherNet can assist in all matters of Forensic Meteorology. WeatherNet help lawyers, solicitors, the police force, barristers, insurance companies, the general public and the civil engineering and construction community with a cost-effective and accurate analysis of historic weather data where the weather may have affected the outcome of the case. WeatherNet can help in particular legal related weather cases for the UK and worldwide. With the Met Office no longer providing this service and WeatherNet now an authorised supplier of Met Office data, our services have become increasingly valuable to our legal clients.

    This historic weather information is given in an easily understood Legal (CPR) Weather Report or as a Certified Witness Statement. All Legal (CPR) Weather Reports and Certified Witness Statements benefit from showing past weather data that is utilised, an interpretation, conclusion and a statement of compliance and truth. This information complies with civil and criminal court requirements (CPR Part 33 and/or 35) and the Jackson reforms that our clients can trust and rely on.

    Legal Related Memberships and Training
    (Dr Richard Wild/WeatherNet Ltd):

    • Trained in the ‘Jackson Reforms’ by Bond Solon in May 2013
    • Vetted by the Expert Witness Directory of Scotland since October 2010 to present
    • Vetted by the Expert Witness Directory of Ireland since October 2010 to present
    • Included on the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) Expert Advisers Database ( since September 2010 to present. This was transferred into the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) in April 2012 ( which then transferred again to the National Crime Agency (NCA) in October 2013 (
    • Professional Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (MCFSS) since June 2009 to present
    • Trained in the ‘aspects of report writing’ by Bond Solon in July 2008. Therefore all legal weather reports written for future legal cases will comply with this training from this date.
    • Vetted by the Round Table Group since October 2007 to present
    • Member of the Academy of Experts (MAE) since June 2007 to present
    • Member of APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) since April 2007 to present
    • Member of the UK Register of Expert Witnesses since February 2007 to present
    • Vetted by the Expert Witness Directory since January 2005 to present

    Other Memberships (Dr Richard Wild):

    • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) since January 2005 to present
    • Member of the Association of British Climatologists since January 1995 to present
    • Associate of the Royal Geographical Society between the years 1994 - 1995
    • Member of the Tornado and Storm Research Organisation between the years
    • 1993 – 1998
    • Member of the National Geographic Society since January 1993 to present
    • Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS) since October 1990 to present

    Qualifications/Career History and Publications (Dr Richard Wild):

    • Current Title: Weather Services Commercial Manager and Senior Forensic Meteorologist. Employed by WeatherNet Ltd since the 10th July 1997.
    • Qualifications include a BSc (Hons) in Geography (2:1) (obtained June 1994), while in July 1997, obtained a City and Guilds certificate in Teaching (stage 1) in further and adult education. In July 2005, obtained a PhD investigating the spatial and temporal analysis of heavy snowfalls across Great Britain between the years 1861-1999.
    • Produced forty-one research articles and two books about snow/snowfalls/blizzards/weather in general in several academic publications since 1995 to present.
    • Staff member of TORRO (Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (based at Oxford Brookes University)). Role within TORRO is Research Leader of Heavy Snowfalls which is a part of the Thunderstorm and Severe Weather Division. Have held this post since July 1998.
    • Made numerous talks at Universities, had local chats/written quotes for local/national radio, TV and newspapers. Credited on numerous films and TV programmes including Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1/2 and Britain’s Worst Weather.

    Legal (non CPR) Weather Reports are also available for reference or as a guide only. These legal weather reports can not be disclosed as evidence in a court of law as the report would not be fully researched and would only show a snap shot of raw daily or hourly data in the surrounding area of the incident. No interpretation, conclusion, statement of truth would be enclosed within this report.

    WeatherNet has access to historical weather data from a wide range of different meteorological sources, including our own exclusive network of urban based meteorological stations.

    To date, WeatherNet have prepared in excess of 1800 related legal weather reports since 1997 for the legal industry.

    On average, WeatherNet service 100 new legal weather reports per year. Furthermore we can also provide testimonies or names of referees if required and an expert forensic meteorologist for court appearances. In the last 5 years, WeatherNet have attended court to give evidence on four occasions (May 2012, September 2012, February 2013 and July 2015).

    In the last 18 years, WeatherNet has provided weather-related reports for the following legal cases:

    * Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs)
    * Personal Injury Claims (Falling, Tripping and Slipping Accidents)
    * Flooding and Drainage Claims
    * Domestic and Commercial Insurance Claims
    * Liability
    * Travel and Transit
    * Contract Disputes
    * Industrial and Agricultural Incidents
    * Criminal Offences, including GBH, Rape, Murder and Burglary
    * Civil Engineering and Construction Extension and Disputes
    * Pollution and Contamination
    * Spoilage
    * Lighting, Visibility and Sunrise/Sunset Times
    * Aviation and Marine Incidents
    * Cargo Damage and Contamination
    * Sports and Leisure Injuries

    WeatherNet was established in 1995 to provide weather information to UK insurers on a postcode basis to help them verify claims for storm, freeze and flood.

    Although insurance remains a key business sector, WeatherNet has diversified, to offer bespoke services to industries such as construction, the utilities and the legal profession.

    Geographical area of work: All of the UK and Worldwide

    Address and Contact Details:

    Dr Richard Wild
    WeatherNet Ltd
    Kingsland House
    21 Hinton Road
    United Kingdom
    BH1 2DE

    Telephone: 01202 293867

    Fax: 01202 314064

    e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    A sample of a Legal (CPR) Weather Report, Dr Richard Wild’s current CV and a legal weather services flyer are available below:

    Dr Richard Wild's CV

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    Legal Weather Services Flyer

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    Legal (CPR) Weather Report

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