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Thought Leaders - Construction Experts 2020

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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Emyr Evans has “considerable experience in preparing written evidence” and provides an “impartial and objective” outlook in construction disputes.

Questions & Answers

Emyr Evans is a chartered quantity surveyor and barrister (non-practising) with 30 years of construction industry experience. He is an internationally experienced quantum expert witness and has acted on many high-value disputes, having been instructed on more than 40 occasions. Emyr is involved in the preparation and submission of expert witness reports and contractual claims. He has given oral testimony on many occasions including via video conferencing and has experience of delivering concurrent evidence (hot-tubbing).

How has the construction market changed since you started practising? 

The construction industry has developed significantly since I started practising, with the advancement of IT software and management tools available. Developments in technology have improved collaboration, communication, site safety training and working practices. Increased offsite prefabrication and modular standard design units, where appropriate, have reduced delivery times on site. However, every construction project is different, often in an open environment which presents its own set of challenges and risks, compared with manufacturing and production industries. These risks often result in increased project durations and cost overruns. 

In terms of dispute resolution procedures, construction adjudication has transformed the construction industry since it came into force in 1998. It is now the most common means of resolving construction disputes in the UK. 

How does your experience as a quantity surveyor and non-practising barrister enhance your current practice? 

I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and have worked with employers and contractors across a variety of sectors ranging from infrastructure to renewables, onshore and offshore oil and gas, power and utilities, technology and buildings. Following my Master’s degree in construction management, I undertook a part-time law degree and the Bar Vocational Course at The City Law School. My additional legal qualifications have enhanced my work as a testifying expert and emphasised the importance of identifying and presenting the issues in a concise manner, what is admissible evidence and weight, what is expected in addressing those issues in an expert report, and the importance of being independent and objective when providing an expert opinion.       

What is the key to training new experts in the field to ensure their future success? 

HKA recognises the importance of training of individuals as experts and assistants and encourages all to participate in internal and external training in terms of principles, codes of practice, and professional standards of an expert witness. Excellent external training courses are available through specialist training providers and professional bodies. 

In what ways is technology changing the work of construction experts like yourself?

New technologies have greatly impacted and improved the construction industry, from cloud-based software solutions and applications to the development of virtual hearings and video conferencing in resolving disputes. I gave virtual evidence earlier this year on a Canadian infrastructure arbitration dispute from London. Virtual hearings may be a convenient way of dealing with any part of proceedings, involve considerable savings in time and cost, and are now required as the new norm for continued access to justice in civil law disputes. However, advancements in software solutions and the ease of communication has resulted in voluminous amounts of data and documentation to be considered in a finite amount of time when preparing an expert report. It is not uncommon for the same information to be collated in different formats which results in an increased volume of duplicated data. This has resulted in the requirement for increased digitalisation to quickly collate, review and interrogate the project data and assemble the data in a structured way. 

How do you prepare to give expert testimony as a quantum expert in large, high-value construction disputes? 

The purpose of giving expert evidence is to assist the court or the tribunal to understand the technical matters in the case. Preparation is key. It is important not only to familiarise yourself with your own report but also the report of your opposing expert. When being cross-examined, direct your answer respectfully to the tribunal. 

What qualities make for an effective construction expert? 

It is important to have a depth of project experience and be highly qualified. When instructed as an expert witness it is vital to understand your duty as an expert witness and be independent and objective when giving your opinion. 

What has been your greatest achievement to date?

Working with a great team at HKA on a variety of challenging, high-value disputes from a range of sectors including infrastructure, offshore oil and gas and renewable projects. 

From a personal level, achieving fellowships with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Building and the Academy of Experts and being called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn. As a mentor, seeing younger colleagues develop over the years from assisting an expert witness to being instructed to act as an expert witness on commissions in their own name and recognised as future leaders. 

What advice would you give to younger experts hoping to one day be in your position?

Gain a wide range of project experience in a variety of sectors. Work hard and strive to gain excellent academic and professional qualifications. It is important to remain curious and questioning when carrying out the analysis, by considering the evidence and supporting documents relied on by both parties. Attending conferences and CPD events is useful and provides the opportunity to hear from other thought leaders in the industry. 

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say

"He took a detailed and meticulous approach"
"Emyr showed an extraordinarily detailed knowledge of the case during cross-examination"
"A very hard worker"
"Always tries to anticipate potential risks during cross-examination, which has proved to be essential"

Biography

Emyr Evans is a chartered quantity surveyor and barrister (non-practising) with over 30 years of construction industry experience. He is an internationally experienced quantum expert witness and has acted on many high-value disputes up to US$1 billion. He has been instructed on more than 40 occasions.

Emyr is involved in the preparation, analysis and submission of expert witness reports and in the preparation and defence of contractual claims. He has given oral testimony in London, Paris, The Hague, Rotterdam, Toronto and Khartoum, and has experience of delivering concurrent evidence (“hot-tubbing”) and evidence online.

He has strong commercial and contractual knowledge, having worked with a range of standard forms of contract as well as various bespoke forms of contracts. He has experience of dispute resolution including international arbitration hearings, pleadings for arbitration (domestic and international), referral notices and responses for adjudication process, statements of claim, counterclaim and defence submissions and resolution via negotiation.

Emyr has been appointed as quantum expert many times in construction and engineering disputes in the UK, Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He has experience and expertise across a variety of sectors ranging from aerospace, buildings, industrial and infrastructure to oil and gas, offshore platforms, rail, roads and tunnelling, power and renewables, and technology.

Emyr is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Building and the Academy of Experts; and a member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn. He holds a BSc (Hons) in quantity surveying, an MSc in construction management and an LLB (Hons) law degree. He is highly regarded by clients and peers alike.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Emyr Evans has “considerable experience in preparing written evidence” and provides an “impartial and objective” outlook in construction disputes.

Biography

Emyr Evans is a chartered quantity surveyor and barrister (non-practising) with over 25 years of construction industry experience. He is an internationally experienced quantum expert witness and has acted on many high-value disputes up to US$1 billion. He has been instructed on more than 30 occasions.

Emyr is involved in the preparation, analysis and submission of expert witness reports and in the preparation and defence of contractual claims. He has given oral testimony in London, Paris, Rotterdam, Toronto and Khartoum, and has experience of delivering concurrent evidence (“hot-tubbing”).

He has strong commercial and contractual knowledge, having worked with a range of standard forms of contract as well as various bespoke forms of contracts. He has experience of dispute resolution including arbitration hearings, pleadings for arbitration (domestic and international), referral notices and responses for adjudication process, statements of claim, counterclaim and defence submissions and resolution via negotiation.

Emyr has been appointed as quantum expert many times in construction and engineering disputes in the UK, Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He has experience and expertise across a variety of sectors ranging from aerospace, buildings, industrial and infrastructure to oil and gas, power and utilities, and technology.

Emyr is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Building and the Academy of Experts; and a member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn. He holds a BSc (Hons) in quantity surveying, an MSc in construction management and an LLB (Hons) law degree. He is highly regarded by clients and peers alike.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Emyr Evans is renowned for his “excellent analysis of complex construction claims” and his ability to carry out “thorough investigations of huge bundle of documents in relatively short time periods.”

Biography

Emyr Evans is a chartered quantity surveyor and barrister (non-practising) with over 30 years of construction industry experience. He is an internationally experienced quantum expert witness and has acted on many high-value disputes up to US$1 billion. He has been instructed on more than 40 occasions.

Emyr is involved in the preparation, analysis and submission of expert witness reports and in the preparation and defence of contractual claims. He has given oral testimony in London, Paris, Rotterdam, Toronto and Khartoum, and has experience of delivering concurrent evidence (“hot-tubbing”).

He has strong commercial and contractual knowledge, having worked with a range of standard forms of contract as well as various bespoke forms of contracts. He has experience of dispute resolution including arbitration hearings, pleadings for arbitration (domestic and international), referral notices and responses for adjudication process, statements of claim, counterclaim and defence submissions and resolution via negotiation.

Emyr has been appointed as quantum expert many times in construction and engineering disputes in the UK, Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He has experience and expertise across a variety of sectors ranging from aerospace, buildings, industrial and infrastructure to oil and gas, offshore platforms, rail and tunnelling, power and renewables, and technology.

Emyr is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Building and the Academy of Experts; and a member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn. He holds a BSc (Hons) in quantity surveying, an MSc in construction management and an LLB (Hons) law degree. He is highly regarded by clients and peers alike.

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