Webinar - Streamlining Evidence in Construction Disputes


Event Details

11th Feb 2021
18:00 - 19:30

Event Information

The CIArb London Branch and the Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, King’s College London are pleased to present this webinar in which the distinguished speakers will explore the streamlining of evidence in construction disputes from the perspective of users of dispute resolution processes, adjudicators, counsel/advocates, arbitrators and experts. They will consider the obstacles they have encountered and the impact of technology (including smart technology) and will give their top tips for focusing evidence and making processes as streamlined as possible. The discussion will be followed by Q&A.

Ahmad Al-Ansari (Public Works Authority of Qatar) will present the user perspective. From 1984 to 2001, Ahmad’s career ranged from a Mechanical Engineer at Qatar Fertilizer Company to Lead M&E Project Engineer and Department Head at the Ministry of Electricity and Water. In 2001, Ahmad moved to Qatar National Olympic Committee to lead the delivery of Doha 2006 Asian Games Construction Programme. From 2006 to 2013, he managed an engineering and construction company before he joined Public Works Authority as Lead Contract Advisor. Since early 2017 he has been the Manager of the President Technical Office. Ahmad holds a BEng (Hons), MSc in Project Management in Construction and LLM in Construction Law & Arbitration. He is a Chartered Construction Manager and a Fellow and Chartered Member of various international professional institutions.

Kim Franklin QC (Crown Office Chambers) will join the discussion from the point of view of an adjudicator. Kim is a recognised specialist international arbitrator and UK construction adjudicator in the construction and engineering infrastructure sectors, focusing on major projects and the resolution of high value, technically complex disputes involving project delay, PFI and FIDIC contracts. Kim is a Chartered Arbitrator, acting as party appointed, sole arbitrator and chair for domestic and international arbitrations under ICC, ADCCAC, DIAC and UNCITRAL rules, including Expedited Procedures, and as Emergency Arbitrator. An accredited adjudicator with TeCSA, TECBAR, RIBA, IChemE and the CIArb, Kim has a reputation for clarity, strong case management and sound strategic judgment.

Jason Hambury (Pinsent Masons) will provide insight from the counsel/advocate angle. Jason is co-head of Pinsent Masons' International Arbitration practice. He specialises in international arbitration, litigation and strategic project advice in the energy, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors, advising owners, operators, contractors, large corporations and government bodies. Over the last 25 years, he has represented clients on a variety of major infrastructure and energy projects around the world including LNG facilities, FPSOs, offshore process platforms, drilling rigs, refineries, gas turbine and coal fire power stations, waste-to-energy plants, Patron: The Rt Hon Dame Elizabeth Gloster DBE pipelines and tunnels. He has acted as counsel and advocate on international arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and SCC Rules and on ad-hoc arbitrations. He has advised on a wide array of disputes, ranging in value from $50m to over $1bn, in both common law and civil law jurisdictions.

Krista Lee QC (Keating Chambers) will discuss the arbitrator approach. Krista is a specialist in engineering, construction, and energy disputes. She has worked on projects concerning power stations, wind farms, electrical and gas infrastructure, telecoms, railways, chemical and food processing plants, entertainment venues, factories, shopping centres, housing projects and hotels both in the UK and overseas. Her engineering background gives her an edge in understanding a range of technical and design issues. Krista regularly appears in the TCC, Chancery Division and Court of Appeal. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Chartered Arbitrator and is regularly appointed by the ICC as sole arbitrator and presiding arbitrator.

Joanne Prior (Blackrock Expert Services) will look at the issue as an expert. Joanne is a partner and a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with over 30 years’ experience. She is regularly appointed as a quantum expert on large, complex construction and engineering projects globally. She has given evidence in 15 arbitration hearings and in the Technology and Construction Court. Joanne holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Quantity Surveying, a Masters Degree in Business Administration and Postgraduate Diplomas in Law and Arbitration. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and sits as a RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) Assessor.

Professor Renato Nazzini FCIArb is Professor of Law at King’s College London and Director of the Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution. He acts as arbitrator (both as president of the tribunal and co-arbitrator) and counsel in international arbitration with emphasis on the construction, oil and gas, infrastructure and IT and digital sectors as well as general commercial disputes. A dual qualified English Solicitor and Italian Advocate, Renato has worked across Europe, Africa, Asia and America under several arbitration rules, including the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and Milan Chamber of Commerce rules. Renato is a member of the ICC Arbitration and ADR Commission, Italy, a member of the ICC Task Force on Dealing with Corruption Issues in International Arbitration, a board member of the International Construction Law Association and of Africa Construction Law and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Gillian Carmichael Lemaire FCIArb is principal of Carmichael Lemaire Limited and acts as counsel, arbitrator and mediator. She focuses on international commercial and investor-State arbitration and mediation, with particular emphasis on the construction, infrastructure and general commercial sectors. Gillian is a member of the Paris Bar, a solicitor admitted in Scotland and an accredited mediator. She is a Committee Member of the CIArb London Branch and serves on the Advisory Council of Arbitral Women.

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