My career in the construction industry has spanned decades working for contracting and consultancy organisations in the UK and overseas including the USA, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and in Saudi Arabia with French, Italian and Korean contractors.
My early experience in the architectural field included eight years spent in the planning, design and on and off-site supervision of major housing schemes. This was followed by a career move into quantity surveying, firstly in housing, but later, and more predominantly, into the industrial and commercial sectors.
My contracting experience with major UK and French international building and civil engineering companies was broad and I advised UK design and build contractors and specialist structural steelwork companies, on contracts with values in excess of £1,500 million.
I’m a barrister, arbitrator, adjudicator mediator, expert witness as well as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor.
My current consultancy experience involves the management and resolution of construction and engineering disputes by negotiation, mediation, conciliation, adjudication, litigation and arbitration, with disputed amounts in excess of £40 million. I also prepare expert reports on behalf of clients in contemplation of litigation and arbitration. In addition I’ve acted as an expert witness in construction disputes on multi-million pound quantum matters and planning inquiries and been subject to cross-examination by Counsel in arbitration and the TCC.
Derek is a Chartered arbitrator (since 1998); registered adjudicator; advocate; expert determiner and accredited mediator of the CIArb.
Derek’s main activity is as sole arbitrator or adjudicator and has produced some 100 arbitration awards and over 150 adjudicator’s decisions without ever being overturned.
He accepts appointments mainly in construction, engineering, general commercial disputes and aviation law related matters.
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