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Michael Tonkin

Michael Tonkin

HKAUnited Arab Emirates
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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Michael Tonkin is an "excellent" expert with a standout reputation in the region for his skill in quantum analysis, particularly in an international arbitration context.

Biography

Michael Tonkin BSc PGDipArb FRICS FCIArb FCIOB FDBF MAE CArb is a chartered quantity surveyor, chartered arbitrator, CEDR accredited mediator, RICS accredited expert witness and testifying expert witness in quantum with 29 years of experience in the construction industry. He leads HKA’s expert services practice for the Middle East and Africa and has also acted on numerous projects in South East Asia.

Michael has provided commercial advice to a variety of clients on a wide range of projects including residential, commercial, hotels, schools, MEP, wastewater treatment works, pipe laying, water, power plant, civils, building, leisure, O&G, regeneration, major sports venues, roads and highways.

He acts, and has testified on seven occasions, as an expert witness in quantum and has been instructed more than 20 times as a party-appointed expert witness, a single joint expert witness and a third party expert evaluator on disputes up to US$4 billion in value. He has given oral testimony in traditional cross-examination as well as concurrent evidence (hot-tubbing). Michael often acts as “coordinating expert” across several disciplines of expert. He is named in WWL: Construction 2018 – Expert Witnesses and WWL: Thought Leaders: Construction 2018.

Michael has been appointed as arbitrator on more than 60 occasions (as sole arbitrator, chairman of a tribunal of three, and co-arbitrator) under the auspices of ICC, LCIA, DIAC, ADCCAC and the TAI. He also acts as dispute resolver in other ADR such as adjudication and DABs. Michael is an “arbitrator” member of the Society of Construction Arbitrators. Michael is a former trustee and honorary treasurer of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as well as a past chairman and past vice chairman of the UAE branch.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Michael Tonkin is a go-to construction expert for clients who praise him as “very persuasive when giving evidence”.

Biography

Michael is a chartered quantity surveyor, chartered arbitrator, CEDR-accredited mediator and RICS accredited expert witness with over 29 years of construction industry experience. He is an effective dispute resolver and has acted as quantum expert on more than 20 occasions.
Michael has extensive experience of commercial negotiations in major projects, particularly where bespoke contracts and innovative methods of procurement have been used. With a background in cost management, he specialises in commercial management, contract management, negotiation, risk management, third party financial reporting and strategic advice. His project experience ranges from major infrastructure and buildings across the Middle East, UK and Asia; power and water in Africa and Europe; and oil and gas projects in the Middle East.
Michael regularly provides commercial advice on formal dispute resolution, dispute avoidance and procurement. He is adept in many of the major standard forms of contract and has been employed by government bodies, large private companies, contractors and subcontractors to advise on commercial matters and procurement.
Michael has been a party-appointed expert witness, a single joint expert witness and a third-party expert evaluator. He has given oral testimony in traditional cross-examination as well as concurrent evidence (hot-tubbing) in international arbitrations, in both Asia and the Middle East. Michael often acts as 'coordinating expert' across several disciplines of expert.
Michael has been appointed as arbitrator on more than 60 occasions (as sole arbitrator, chairman of a tribunal of three, and co-arbitrator) under the auspices of ICC, LCIA, DIAC, ADCCAC and the TAI. He regularly participates in other alternative dispute resolution processes such as adjudication and dispute adjudication boards (DABs). Michael is a former trustee and honorary treasurer of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a past chairman and past vice-chairman of the UAE branch.

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