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Thought Leaders - Construction Experts 2020

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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Michael Kenyon comes in for high praise from sources, who identify him as a go-to figure in the Middle East for quantum valuation and disruption claims. ​

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Michael is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with more than 30 years of commercial management and construction claims experience. Michael is an established practising Quantum Expert Witness. Michael has provided independent expert testimony in arbitration proceedings both in the GCC and internationally. The tribunals he has testified before comprised amongst others, leading QCs, a past President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a former Head of the TCC of England and Wales and TCC Judges.

Describe your career to date.
I commenced my career working for large UK based construction companies in the late 1980s. During this time, I was exposed to several disputes and saw the contribution that quantity surveyors made in the analysis and presentation of the quantification of claims. This interested me greatly and I subsequently joined a UK-based construction claims practice. Here I worked with extremely talented people who shared their knowledge and invested in my career development. As the practice developed, I gained experience and began to be exposed to formal dispute proceedings and the role of experts.
Building from this platform I began supporting experts in the preparation of reports and this ultimately led to my own appointments. As time passed and with support from the companies, I worked for I was able to develop opportunities and began to secure appointments on a wide variety of disputes.
Ultimately, this led me to the Middle East and establishing BRG’s construction practice in Dubai.
What is it about being an expert witness that you enjoy most?
Exposure to some of some of the world’s largest and most challenging construction projects, breaking down complex issues and presenting opinions on those issues in a clear, concise and understandable manner.
How has the market changed since you first started practising?
There has been considerable growth in the provision of construction dispute consulting support services over the last 10 to 15 years and a large amount of consolidation of the number of companies providing those services. Over the last five to 10 years a distinction has also grown between practices who primarily offer claims consulting services and those offering predominantly expert witness services.
How does your background as a quantity surveyor enhance your current practice?
Working as a site quantity surveyor provided invaluable insight into the commercial management of projects from tender, procurement, and financial reporting to final account. Having seen first-hand how issues are managed and addressed during projects assists greatly when having to retrospectively investigate and report on the valuation of claims, variations and a projects financial performance.
What did you find most difficult about entering practice as a construction expert?
Getting your first appointment is difficult. However, I was extremely fortunate to be supported and given opportunities by the practices I worked for.
What is your perspective on the main causes of project disruption working as an expert in the Middle East?
The causes of disputes are many but essentially no different in the Middle East to any other region. Disputes typically centre on project delays and change, responsibility for the effects of change and delays and their resulting valuation.
How do you expect the construction market in Dubai, and in the Middle East more broadly, to develop over the next five years?
The construction market in the Middle East is maturing and the pace of construction is likely to reduce as master plans and national visions approach completion. However, it is likely there will be an increased uptake PPP and PFI type projects. As regards disputes, there has been an increased uptake in mediation and other ADR techniques as a means of resolving disputes and this is likely to continue to increase.
You have expertise and experience as a witness in construction disputes. What are the key skills to have in these proceedings?
Be independent, be clear and concise, and listen.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say

"Mike gets into the detail and gives a very balanced view as an expert"
"He handles himself well in the witness box, and speaks clearly and concisely"
"I found Mike’s work to be measured, diligent and logically argued"
"He skilfully argues a position that is both plausible and supports his client’s position"

Biography

Michael is a managing director at Berkeley Research Group. He is a chartered quantity surveyor and fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has more than 26 years of commercial management and construction claims experience. Michael specialises in supporting clients with issues relating to time and quantum that arise from troubled and distressed projects. Michael is an established practising testifying expert witness and is frequently called upon to provide independent testimony on matters of quantum associated with acceleration, delay damages, valuation of works, change orders and project disruption.

Michael is based in Dubai and is Berkeley Research Group’s Middle East Construction lead. Prior to relocating to the Middle East he was based in the United Kingdom, where he worked on a broad portfolio of domestic and international projects.

Michael provides support from Dubai to a broad range of regional and international clients, including owners, developers, engineers, architects, building and civil engineering contractors, ship builders, fabrication yards, EPC contractors, funders and insurers.

Michael’s considerable expertise has been gained from having worked for both consulting and contractor organisations and on a wide range of projects, ranging from oil and gas, petrochemical, offshore, building and civil engineering infrastructure projects.

He was selected as an independent party-appointed expert on matters of quantum in construction and engineering disputes in court, as well as arbitration proceedings. In addition, Michael was appointed as tribunal expert and has supported clients in adjudication, mediation and formal contract negotiations.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say:

“Mike gets into the detail and gives a very balanced view"
"He is really focused on understanding the issues”
“He is very good, extremely no nonsense and allows you to really focus on the right things”

Biography

Michael is a managing director at Berkeley Research Group. He is a chartered quantity surveyor and fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has more than 26 years of commercial management and construction claims experience. Michael specialises in supporting clients with issues relating to time and quantum that arise from troubled and distressed projects. Michael is an established practising testifying expert witness and is frequently called upon to provide independent testimony on matters of quantum associated with acceleration, delay damages, valuation of works, change orders and project disruption.

Michael is based in Dubai and is Berkeley Research Group’s Middle East Construction lead. Prior to relocating to the Middle East he was based in the United Kingdom, where he worked on a broad portfolio of domestic and international projects.

Michael provides support from Dubai to a broad range of regional and international clients, including owners, developers, engineers, architects, building and civil engineering contractors, ship builders, fabrication yards, EPC contractors, funders and insurers.

Michael’s considerable expertise has been gained from having worked for both consulting and contractor organisations and on a wide range of projects, ranging from oil and gas, petrochemical, offshore, building and civil engineering infrastructure projects.

He was selected as an independent party-appointed expert on matters of quantum in construction and engineering disputes in court, as well as arbitration proceedings. In addition, Michael was appointed as tribunal expert and has supported clients in adjudication, mediation and formal contract negotiations.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Michael Kenyon is held in high esteem by peers and clients alike for his expert handling of complex high-value quantum issues.

Biography

Michael Kenyon is a managing director and head of BRG’s Dubai office. He is a chartered quantity surveyor and fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with more than 29 years of commercial management and construction claims experience. Michael is an established practising quantum expert witness.

Michael’s considerable expertise comes from having worked for both consulting and contractor organisations and on a wide range of national and international projects, ranging from oil and gas; offshore; petrochemical; airports; hotels; and building and civil engineering infrastructure projects.

Michael has provided independent expert testimony on matters of quantum, disruption and prolongation to court and arbitration proceedings both in the GCC and internationally. The tribunals he has testified before include, among others, leading QCs, a past president of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator, a former head of the TCC of England and Wales, and TCC judges.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Michael Kenyon is “truly excellent”, say peers, and has a wealth of experience as an expert witness on quantum matters.

Biography

Michael Kenyon is a managing director and head of BRG’s Dubai office. He is a chartered quantity surveyor and fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with more than 29 years of commercial management and construction claims experience. Michael is an established practising quantum expert witness.

Michael’s considerable expertise comes from having worked for both consulting and contractor organisations and on a wide range of national and international projects, ranging from oil and gas; offshore; petrochemical; airports; hotels; and building and civil engineering infrastructure projects.

Michael has provided independent expert testimony on matters of quantum, disruption and prolongation to court and arbitration proceedings both in the GCC and internationally. The tribunals he has testified before include, among others, leading QCs, a past president of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator, a former head of the TCC of England and Wales, and TCC judges.

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