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Colin Russell

Colin Russell

HKADoha Tower 13th FloorAl Corniche Street, West BayDohaQatar

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Thought Leaders - Construction Experts 2020

Q&A

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Colin Russell has an “extensive” skillset and is particularly praised for his work supporting arbitrations and in case managements.

Questions & Answers

Colin Russell is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators with more than 26 years’ experience in the construction industry. Colin has worldwide experience specialising in quantum and delay analysis with experience in the UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Colin’s experience, obtained through working at all management levels within construction companies and consultancies, allows him to analyse the issues at the heart of construction disputes quickly and proficiently.

What attracted you to a career as a construction expert witness?

I have been a director of both construction and project management companies and in these roles, I became involved in formal disputes on both the employer and contractor sides. During these, I was involved with the appointment of experts in relation to both quantum and delay. In observing the process, I was attracted to analytical role that the experts undertook and their requirement to provide independent opinions on the issues within their remits. As I was looking to further my career outside of the UK, I felt expert work was a natural progression from the experience I had already gained within the construction industry.

What types of projects do you usually act as an expert on? 

As a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, in the first instance, I act in relation to quantum. I do, however, have experience with dealing with delay issues and within the market there is a movement by clients towards appointing a sole expert to report on both quantum and delay, which is understandable as they are often closely linked.

Are there any recent cases which you’ve found particularly interesting? If so, why?

I am fortunate to work predominantly in the Middle East and have been involved, therefore, with a number of iconic projects. These have been extremely complex high-value projects and they have given me the opportunity to widen my areas of expertise in terms of processes etc. For example, I have recently been involved in a dispute in relation to a specialist services provider.

How has covid-19 impacted your work and the construction sector in the Middle East?

Covid-19 has impacted my work in two ways. Firstly, our working practises as a business have changed meaning that working from home has been required due to the lockdown. As with other businesses, we are taking the opportunity to review what we have learnt from the situation and to understand which practices we will maintain, such as conference calls instead of travelling.

Secondly, covid-19 has had a huge impact on our clients in terms of the delivery of projects. I believe that we have not yet seen or fully understand the impact of covid-19 on the project delivery, the construction sector, or the world economies. The full effect of the pandemic will start to be seen over the next year and I image this will inevitably lead to an increased number of disputes as parties try to deal with the fallout.

Would you say that there’s been a shift towards alternative dispute resolution over litigation? If so, what processes are attracting clients and why? 

Historically, there has been a tendency for government clients to stipulate litigation as the dispute mechanism within contracts but I have seen a softening of this position by the inclusion of arbitration clauses. This is probably a result of the realisation that arbitration may be a better platform for resolving technically complex disputes on large projects. There has also been a movement to including arbitration clauses within subcontract agreements, as both parties are often more familiar with the process. 

In terms of other ADR forms, I have seen mediation included as a step before either arbitration or litigation but other forms of ADR are not used often.

How has the construction work accompanying the upcoming Qatar 2022 World Cup impacted work in the sector? 

The completion of the stadiums and the infrastructure needed for Qatar 2022 has formed a large part of the Qatar construction sector for the last few years and will continue to do so for the short-term future. Qatar has constructed world-class roads, a new driverless metro system, hotels and real estate, as well as the iconic stadiums. The true impact is that Doha has now been transformed into a world-class city.

How has the role of an expert witness changed since you started your career?

I have worked in the construction industry for over 25 years and during this period I would say that the biggest change has been the push to ensure experts are aware of and performing their obligations to the courts and arbitration tribunals in terms of maintaining their independence.

What has been your greatest achievement to date?

Being able to successful complete my Masters whilst working long hours managing a team on a large complex arbitration.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Colin Russell has an “extensive” skillset and is particularly praised for his work supporting arbitrations and in case managements.

Biography

Colin is a chartered quantity surveyor with over 25 years of experience in the construction industry. He has extensive experience in quantum and delay analysis and has been appointed as an expert witness on two occasions.

Colin has worked on a variety of projects, including building construction, wastewater treatment, oil and gas-fired power stations, airports and highways throughout the Middle East and Europe. His experience as a quantity surveyor and commercial director informs his dependable quantum and delay analysis.

Colin is experienced in leading teams in the preparation of delay, disruption and variation claims for clients. He works efficiently with legal teams, providing clear and concise analyses for even the most complex issues.

Colin has acted a quantum expert regarding infrastructure and buildings disputes in the Middle East, on projects valued up to US$150 million. He has also acted as assistant to the party-appointed quantum and delay expert for a claimant in an ICC arbitration.

Colin is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Association of Project Management. He holds a BSc (Hons) in quantity surveying and an MSc in construction law and dispute resolution, and has completed the Pearson SRF BTEC Level 7 Professional Award in Expert Witness Evidence.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Colin Russell has a stellar reputation in the construction disputes space for his superb work on high-profile quantum and delay issues in the Middle East and Europe.

Biography

Colin is a chartered quantity surveyor with over 25 years of experience in the construction industry. He has extensive experience in quantum and delay analysis and has been appointed as an expert witness on two occasions.

Colin has worked on a variety of projects, including building construction, wastewater treatment, oil and gas-fired power stations, airports and highways throughout the Middle East and Europe. His experience as a quantity surveyor and commercial director informs his dependable quantum and delay analysis.

Colin is experienced in leading teams in the preparation of delay, disruption and variation claims for clients. He works efficiently with legal teams, providing clear and concise analyses for even the most complex issues.

Colin has acted a quantum expert regarding infrastructure and buildings disputes in the Middle East, on projects valued up to US$150 million. He has also acted as lead assistant to the party-appointed quantum and delay experts for both claimants and respondents in ICC arbitrations.

Colin is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Association of Project Management. He holds a BSc (Hons) in quantity surveying and an MSc in construction law and dispute resolution, and has completed the Pearson SRF BTEC Level 7 Professional Award in Expert Witness Evidence.

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