Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Opportunities and Challenges in Construction Arbitration

11 December 2014

Time: 8:30am - 7:15pm
Venue: Goodenough College, Large Common Room, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AB

Key topics

The topics to be discussed at the conference include:

  • The role of experts and how to effectively manage them in construction arbitration disputes
  • Disclosure and effect management of documents in construction arbitration disputes
  • Third-Party Funding in construction disputes
  • Measuring the economic impact of dispute resolution in construction projects, including risk management, the effect of dispute boards on the bid price and managing costs of dispute boards


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08.30 – 09.00 Registration and Coffee

09.00 – 09.15 Opening Speeches

09.15 – 10.00 Keynote speech: The Hon. Mr. Justice Ramsey

10.00 – 11.30 Session 1: Experts in Construction Arbitration Disputes

  • Speakers:
    Dr. Franco Mastrandrea, Hill International
    Peter Rees QC, Thirty Nine Essex Street
    Professor Phillip Capper
    , White & Case LLP
  • Topics:
    Effective management of experts
    Examination and cross-examination of experts
    Expert reports

11.30 – 12.00 Coffee and Networking Break

12.00 – 13.30 Session 2: Documents in Construction Arbitration Disputes

  • Speakers:
    Dr. Michael Schneider, Lalive
    John Marrin QC, Keating Chambers
    Wendy Miles, Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP
  • Chair:
    Elliott Geisinger, Schellenberg Wittmer
  • Topics:
    Do we have a common understanding of disclosure?
    IBA Rules and document disclosure in construction arbitration
    Effective management of documents from tribunal’s perspective
    Effective deployment of documents from counsel’s perspective

13.30 – 14.45 Lunch

14.45 – 16.15 Session 3: Third Party Funding in Construction Disputes

  • Speakers:
    Melanie Willems, Andrews Kurth LLP
    Susan Dunn, Harbour Litigation Funding Ltd.
    Mick Smith, Calunius Capital LLP
  • Chair:
    Professor Stavros Brekoulakis, School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University of London
  • Topics:
    Has construction arbitration caught up with TPF?
    What is different in TPF in construction disputes?
    How do Third Party Funders assess construction disputes?  

16.15 – 16.45 Tea Break

16.45 – 18.15 Session 4: Economic Impact of Dispute Resolution in Construction Projects

  • Speakers:
    Howard Shiplee, Construction Director for the London Olympics
    Ian Radford, International Bechtel Co. Ltd.
    David Brynmor Thomas, Thirty Nine Essex St
    Marie Berard
    , Clifford Chance
  • Chair: Professor Doug Jones AO, Clayton Utz
  • Topics:
    Risk management
    The effect of Dispute Boards on the Bid Price
    Minimising Costs of Dispute Boards

18.15 – 18.30 Concluding Remarks

18.30 – 19.15 Drinks Reception

CPD Accreditation

The programme is accredited for 6 CPD Points with the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

How to Book

Book online via the Queen Mary e-shop.


  • Individual registration - £180
  • Individual registration, members of the Society of Construction Arbitrators, the Society of Construction Law, or the King's College Construction Law Association - £145
  • Academic, NGO, Barrister or Government Department registration - £130
  • Academic or Barrister registration, members of the Society of Construction Arbitrators, the Society of Construction Law, or the King's College Construction Law Association - £105
  • Alumni registration - £110
  • Student registration (non-QMUL) - £70
  • QMUL student registration - £50


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Thirty Nine Essex Street

Clifford Chance

Media Partners

Lexis Nexis

Transnational Dispute Management (TDM)

Global Arbitration Review (GAR) 

Global Legal Group

Publishing Partner

Oxford University Press 
Delegates of the "Opportunities and Challenges in Construction Arbitration" conference on 11 December 2014 are eligible for 20% discount on construction books from Oxford University Press, including the upcoming third edition of Coulson on Construction Adjudication. Discount valid until 31 March 2015 on orders on the OUP website, using discount code ACLAW20: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/category/academic/law/construction.do


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