Construction - Quantum and Delay

The increased pace of globalisation has meant that construction projects are subject to a wider set of circumstances: from declining oil prices, to scarcity of labour, and increased foreign direct investment into developing economies. These factors have led to projects being put on hold, cancelled completely or continued but with constrained finances, contributing to the dispute environment. This backdrop provides an ever-increasing role for individuals with experience in quantum and delay analysis to assist in providing expert testimony in formal disputes, most commonly arbitration. We identify 121 experts in this edition following consultation with clients, counsels and peers.

Most Highly Regarded Experts
Jon Prudhoe Navigant, Singapore
Amit Garg Secretariat International, Singapore
Don Harvey Secretariat International, Atlanta
Greg Crider Navigant, Washington, DC
Andrew Yendall Yendall Hunter, London

Hill International leads our research into this field, amassing a total of 17 listings across Europe, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and the US. Based in the Denver office, Thomas Driscoll is an “exceptionally bright” individual who brings a “wealth of experience” in construction claims having served as an expert witness in the areas of construction management, construction claims and scheduling and delay analysis. He is “methodical, user-friendly, and always well prepared”. Timothy Chitester in New Jersey has over 30 years’ experience in the engineering, design and construction industry. He is a “guru” on construction claims, property loss and business interruption claims, with clients praising his “astute mind” and “calm demeanour under pressure”. Wendy MacLaughlin specialises in delay analysis and is a “firm favourite” as expert witness. London-based Stephen Briggs has experience across a range of projects including transportation, manufacturing, petroleum, power and marine. He is “very active” as an expert witness on delay-related issues and clients praise his “meticulous approach”. Franco Mastrandrea enjoys a “high profile” in the sector and is a “top choice” as expert witness on cost, scheduling and project management issues. David Carrick is based in the firm’s Edinburgh office where he handles issues relating to claims analysis. He is recommended for his “excellent attention to detail”.

At Navigant Consulting, 16 names stand out in our research as leading experts in the field of construction quantum and delay analysis. Jon Prudhoe is a delay and quantum expert in Singapore who has acted as expert in over 70 appointments. He is “well versed” in giving oral evidence under cross-examination and is “unflappable” according to clients. Garry Crossley in Singapore is noted for his work on delay claims and is “highly valued” as an expert witness. Greg Crider in Washington, DC offers expert services in relation to planning and scheduling and project management issues. He is “articulate” and a “smooth operator”. John Livengood in San Francisco boasts a “wealth of experience” in delay analysis and damages and causation issues. His advice is always “sensible and well-reasoned”. Peter Badala is also highly recommended on the West Coast; he provides advice in relation to delay and disruption, lost productivity, and economic damages, and is “incredibly thorough”. London-based Michael Stokes is an expert in the field of damages, delay and disruption and professional negligence. He is considered “very bright and a quick thinker”. Robert Davenport in Atlanta has testified on numerous occasions in relation to design and construction processes and is “first rate” in all that he does. New York-based Darin Buchalter specialises in disputes involving development projects, leases, purchase agreements, joint venture agreements and professional practice standards. He earns praise for his “impressive depth of industry expertise” and “easy manner with clients”. Peter Brooker trained as a quantity surveyor and possesses a “wealth of expertise” in the construction industry. He is particularly strong on quantum matters and is a “revered” expert witness. Liam Holder specialises in construction claims on large international construction and engineering projects and is “highly specialised” and “always makes himself available to assist clients”. Robert McKibbin is a “go-to” expert witness on construction delay analysis due to his “forensic approach” and “unflappable manner”. The “sensational” George Taft is praised by clients for offering “valuable insights into the industry” while Scott Gray is “meticulous in his craft” and enjoys a “high-profile reputation”. David Dale in Dubai has extensive experience in the Middle East and Africa and is highly recommended for his “appreciation of the local markets and their nuances”. Guy Elkington’s evaluation of quantum for delay and disruption claims is described as “first rate” and he is considered a “market leading authority” in the field. Michael Kenyon brings a “commercial view” to proceedings having gained experience in consulting and contractor organisations and is “diligent and methodical” in his work.

FTI Consulting is represented in this chapter by 12 individuals. Patrick McGeehin in Rockville is the leader of the North American construction solutions practice. He calculates damages in relation to breach of contract, lost profits, requests for equitable damages in delay and disruption cases and fraud-related issues. His clients are primarily in the construction and government contracts industries and he is by all accounts a “consummate professional”. Paul Ficca in Seattle is the leader of the global construction, environmental and government contracts practice. He is an “expert” in damages calculations and receives high praise from clients for his “accuracy and attention to detail”. Neil Gaudion is based in Atlanta and he has consulted on projects throughout the US, South America, Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East. He is a “truly outstanding expert witness” according to our research and he specialises in performing delay analysis and quantifying the effects of delay, disruption and interference. In Toronto, Christopher Larkin has more than 25 years’ experience in the construction industry and is a chartered civil engineer. He has experience acting as an expert witness on planning and delay and quantum matters and is noted for his “careful handling of matters” and “sharp mind”.

Head of the construction solutions practice in Asia Pacific, Graham McNeill in Hong Kong handles assignments involving quantum analysis and dispute management. He is “sensational” and “highly dedicated to his clients”. Perth-based Stephen Rae is a chartered quantity surveyor who is regularly instructed as an expert witness in relation to construction, engineering and offshore oil and gas projects. His expertise covers delay, disruption and variation valuation. Singapore-based Christopher Nunns is a “high profile figure” in the region who has vast experience in construction contract administration and claims. In London, Alastair Farr specialises in the engineering and construction industry and acts as an expert witness on quantum and delay matters. He provides “detailed advice” and is a “top choice” among clients. Christopher Wedrychowski is praised for his “hands-on approach” and “extensive industry experience” having previously worked with major contractors and developers in the UK and abroad. Owen Fox provides consultancy services to subcontractors, main contractors, construction clients and professional team members and is a “standout” individual in relation to building services issues and quantum aspects of disputes. Tim Haynes has a “sterling reputation” for his work as an expert witness on quantum, delay and project management matters. Jas Cheema leads the firm’s quantum expert services in the UAE and provides “accurate and well prepared reports” in relation to the calculation of damages and valuation of construction works”.

Five names are singled out from Secretariat International. Amit Garg leads the firm’s Asian operations and specialises in evaluating delays. His “work is of the highest quality” and he is “well versed” in appearing as an expert witness in cross examination. Managing director Don Harvey specialises in delay and disruption and has worked on high-profile projects worldwide. He is “incredibly smart” and “always well prepared” according to clients and counsel. Mike Saulsbury earns “vast praise” for his practice and is frequently appointed as an independent expert on matters of scheduling/programming and project delay. He is “dedicated” and “hugely experienced”. Ted Scott is a licensed engineer and knows the industry “inside out” according to peers. His work involves scheduling and project delay and he is a “top choice” among counsel.  Meera Wagman in New York is recommended for her “sophisticated analysis” and “wide-ranging experience in the construction industry”.

At Blackrock PM, principal David Barry earns huge praise from peers for his experience across a range of projects including light and heavy rail transportation systems, airports, highways, bridges, office buildings and hotels, to name just a few. He advises on delay and disruption and is a “diligent, resourceful and articulate” according to his clients. David Goodman provides “detailed reports” and has a “wealth of experience” giving oral testimony on time-related disputes. Joanne Prior is a “smooth operator” who “can certainly hold her own under cross-examination in court and tribunal hearings”. Along with advising on construction claims she is also an expert on the professional standards expected of a quantity surveyor. Rob Palles-Clark is a “top choice” as an expert witness on delay analysis and quantum due to his “great eye for detail” and “deep understanding of the industry”. Neil Fitch is described as “one of the best in London on quantum and delay”, and a “go-to” for the most complex, high-value disputes.

At Yendall Hunter, co-founder and a managing director Andrew Yendall is a “very bright” individual specialising in advisory and expert witness-related roles. He specialises in delay and disruption issues having been appointed as independent expert on over 50 occasions. He is praised for his “professional manner” and is described as a “consummate expert”.

Dakus Gunn of Delta Consulting Group is a “standout” name in the industry. He brings a “wealth of experience” in the development and construction industry and according to clients “knows his stuff inside-out”. At the same firm Jeffrey Fuchs is an expert in analysis and contract dispute resolution. Lawyers describe him as a “great weapon to have in your arsenal”.

At Accuracy, partner Hervé de Trogoff is noted for his experience in project valuation, time risk management and project audits. He is a “superb” expert witness who is “highly sought after” in relation to delay analysis and entitlements to extension of time. Nicolas Bourdon is an “expert” at damage quantification in relation to construction contracts. Nicolas Barsalou earns praise for his “dedicated work on behalf of clients” and “well-prepared reports”.

Alvarez & Marsal's Trevor Phillips provides “first-rate” damages assessments and is a "hugely experienced" expert witness with expertise in construction defects and real estate cases.

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