Training: Seminars

Expert Witnesses in Construction: Why Pay for a Point of View?

New Webinar: Wednesday 9th September, 9am

Why Attend?

Construction disputes are often incredibly complex. When there are complicated arguments on both sides, tribunals often look to independent expert witnesses to provide an opinion on the facts of the case.

If a dispute arises on your project, you may find you need to work with an expert. Whether acting as an expert advisor, party or tribunal appointed, or single joint expert, understanding how experts work can help you get the very best from them.

The role of the expert is clearly defined. However, for those unfamiliar with the role of the expert, the concept of paying for an independent expert, one who may not advocate your position, can seem quite alien.

In this session, we will take a look at the role of the expert. Our panellists will answer questions such as:

  • How can experts remain impartial and avoid conflicts of interest?
  • How do experts approach preparing an analysis?
  • Can good record keeping assist in resolving disputes?
  • What should you look for when appointing an expert?
  • What benefits do experts bring to tribunals?

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Rupa Lakha, Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys

Rupa is a highly experienced construction lawyer. She has advised on the drafting and negotiation of building contracts and consultants’ appointments and now specialises in project advisory work as well as dispute resolution, including mediation, adjudication and litigation. Rupa regularly acts for all parts of the supply chain, from major developers to consultants to sub-contractors.

Bill Bordill, Director, Decipher ConsultingBill Bordill Quantity Surveyor Expert

Bill Bordill is an experienced quantum expert and dispute resolver. He brings industry insight gained over three decades in senior positions, with both contractor and consultant organisations. Bill is the discipline lead for quantity surveying within Decipher Consulting. Combined with his role as an APC Assessor for RICS, Bill maintains a direct and active involvement with current issues on live projects. Bill has over 35 years’ experience in the construction and engineering industries. He is experienced and qualified in matters relating to commercial project control, contracts and disputes.

Helena White, Barrister, Hardwicke Chambers

Helena is an insurance and commercial practitioner, with a particular focus on construction and engineering disputes, professional negligence and property damage. As well as being a robust trial advocate, Helena is known for providing clear and accessible advice either in writing or in conference. She is regularly instructed by a range of clients, including employers, contractors, construction professionals, insurers and insolvency practitioners to act in litigation, both in the TCC and the county courts, as well as arbitration, adjudication and mediation.

Andrew Naughton, Senior Quantity Surveyor, Decipher Consulting

Andrew has over 18 years’ experience working in a wide range of roles within the building and civil engineering industry. He has worked as an Estimator, Contract Administrator and Quantity Surveyor for both Contractor and the end Client. Andrew has worked varied range of commissions including adjudication, arbitration assistance, mega project contract administration, final account settlement and general quantity surveying roles.

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