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Is there anything in your contract with him about having to go through arbitration?
Hi there, sorry I was offline by the time you had replied. It is not a legal requirement to go through mediation or arbitration and certainly not to produce these reports at this stage of the matter. If he has suggested that you get these reports, you can of course consider that and do it if you are happy to do so, but it will not go against you if you did not. Should the matter end up in court, then you could potentially agree to have a joint expert, who is independent and provides a professional opinion on the problem, and the costs would usually be split. However, unless a judge requires that, there is no requirement for you to have one and it will not go against you if you refused it and went ahead with the claim anyway.
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