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Emyr Evans

Emyr Evans

HKA11 Pilgrim StreetLondonEnglandEC4V 6RN

Thought Leader

Thought Leaders - Construction 2019

Q&A

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

“Superb quantum expert” Emyr Evans is “incredibly diligent and hard-working” and “goes above and beyond to ensure every query is dealt with”, note observers.

Questions & Answers

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, 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 and has experience of delivering concurrent evidence (hot-tubbing).

What has been your most interesting case to date and why?

Being instructed as a quantum expert for the owner in an international arbitration concerning the valuation of defects, delay, termination and variations in connection with the construction of the fourth-largest offshore wind farm in the UK. The claim value was over €120 million. I gave expert evidence including concurrent evidence (hot-tubbing) in London.

The project was challenging due to the number of complex issues involved. It was a great experience, working with a team of eminent barristers and lawyers and giving evidence in front of a highly regarded arbitral tribunal.

What do you enjoy most about your current role?

I enjoy working on a variety of challenging and complex, high-value disputes from a range of sectors including oil and gas, offshore platforms and windfarms, infrastructure, building and civil engineering disputes.

Each commission is different but similar principles apply, such as the importance of evidence and being independent and objective when providing an expert opinion.

How will Practice Direction 1/2015 of the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland impact expert witness practice and court proceedings?

Expert witnesses play a key role in the judicial process. I understand that the High Court of Justice for Northern Ireland has issued a Practice Direction, which applies to all commercial proceedings from 1 June 2019, for those who wish to act as expert witnesses in commercial proceedings in Northern Ireland. The Practice Direction offers a reminder of the importance of being objective and independent when giving evidence. The key message to expert witnesses is that they will be expected to be qualified, not only in their chosen field, but also as expert witnesses.

What are the best ways of remaining impartial and independent when providing analysis and testimony?

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 objectively, and to recognise the duty of being independent and remaining objective when giving expert testimony.

What particular strengths does HKA have that distinguishes it from competitors in the market?

Our professionals are specialists in quantum, engineering, delay, disruption and damages, a capability we call QED+. This multidisciplinary service offering gives clients access to a whole range of experts that they may require, through one point of contact. It allows clients to receive a more consistent and predictable quality of service and deliverables.

HKA also has an enviable track record of working for a wide range of clients on the most challenging commissions and complex megaprojects worldwide.

You have a wide range of expertise in the consulting space. How do you develop and maintain this broad skillset?

With over 25 years of experience, working on a range of complex construction projects across a variety of sectors in the UK, Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and being open and willing to learn, has given me the opportunity to develop and enhance my skillset.

I have had the opportunity to work with great people on many high-value disputes, up to US$1 billion. In my opinion, gaining onsite experience is invaluable. I have acquired excellent experience and stay up to date with current construction industry practices, having gained onsite experience on major infrastructure projects in North America, high-rise commercial developments in Singapore and the construction of an offshore platform in a shipyard in South Korea.

Attending conferences and CPD events is very important. I am a fellow of leading-industry institutions, which gives me the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and hear from other thought leaders in the industry.

How do you see your practice developing over the next five years?

I propose to continue to develop as an international expert witness and to be instructed in a variety of different jurisdictions over the coming years, in several industry sectors including oil and gas, infrastructure projects and renewables. Having given oral testimony in London, Paris, Rotterdam and Khartoum, in addition to working on projects in Europe, I would like to develop opportunities on large projects further afield in the Middle East, Australasia and North America.

Looking back over your career, what has been your proudest achievement?

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.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

"Superb quantum expert" Emyr Evans is "incredibly diligent and hard-working" and "goes above and beyond to ensure every query is dealt with", note observers.

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 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, 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 has over 25 years of experience providing expert quantum and delay services on complex disputes across the UK, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. 

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 35 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 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, Africa, North America, 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.

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