Construction Future Leaders 2019: Expert Witnesses

Our inaugural guide to the world’s most prominent Future Leaders in the field of construction sees 30 expert witnesses highlighted for their excellent work across quantum and delay analysis in a range of industry sectors.

Methodology

Who's Who Legal does not list firms, only individual experts. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
 

Leading Firms

FTI Consulting

Six individuals from this global powerhouse are highlighted in our list of Future Leaders in the space.
Manoj Bahl is commended for his "excellent performance both in his written presentation and under cross-examination", with sources highlight his "diligence and persuasiveness".
Mehmet Karakoc has “impressive knowledge and exceptional grasp of the detail” combined with “deep industry understanding and a tenacious approach”. Clients laud his “intellect on complex technical and legal issues” relating to quantum and delay matters.
Roy Andrew is a "responsive and user-friendly expert" who clients state is "skilled at quantum claims". Sources opine that “he is very experienced on all aspects of construction disputes” and “produces high- quality work”.
Interviewees are impressed by Thierry Linares who stands out for his wide-ranging expertise of claims management and forensic delay analysis.
Adrian Kong is "highly knowledgeable and performs well under cross-examination", comments one interviewee. He has "a great work ethic and is able to analyse large amounts of material quickly".
Fook Thim Chan earns recommendations from sources thanks to his excellent work on delay analysis and EOT claims management.

HKA

HKA wins a joint market-leading six inclusion in our guide this year.
John Delaney is "a very diligent and thorough expert" who is "willing to sift through the minutiae to prepare his reports" and "has a wealth of industry experience".
Dan Feinblum is a "responsive and bright" expert who combines "a detail-oriented approach" with "impressive attention to detail", say sources.
"Noted quantum expert" Conrad Bromley is a well-respected figure who handles international and domestic quantum claims.
Manus Bradley is a "very strong, talented" practitioner with notable ability on both the respondent and claimant sides of construction disputes.
Michael Hennigan is commended by respondents to our research who describe him as "technically very proficient" and note his "clarity of expression" as a particular strength.
Andrei Soltan is a standout name who is highlighted by respondents as "clearly on top of all the relevant details" and who possesses "adaptability and strong analytical skills".
John Jones is "very measured and pragmatic in his approach", with clients stating that "he is easy to understand and provides well-reasoned, prompt responses".

Ankura

This firm maintains a strong position in the market, with four individuals included in our guide.
Matthew Finn commands great respect from interviewees who applaud his "incredible attention to detail" and "clarity of expression", noting his "ability to work in difficult circumstances".
David Dellar is lauded for his "thoroughness and expert knowledge of technical issues" as well as his "detailed understanding of delay analysis and strong analytical skills".
Ben Burley is "diligent, proactive and efficient", and "is on top of every detail in complicated cases", opine interviewees, who also note that he "communicates with clients very well".
Colin Marden is a top-quality expert with "a really sharp mind" for matters involving issues such as project programming and delay analysis.

Secretariat International

Secretariat remains a go-to firm for construction issues, seeing four impressive Future Leaders highlighted in our guide this year.
Sezgin Ozbilgin "demonstrated a true mastery of all the ins and outs of complex delay analysis" according to one impressed source this year.
Tom Gaines is highlighted for his "attention to detail and the clarity of his reports". He is "calm under cross-examination and well-prepared".
Kagan Aktas "has a natural ability to think laterally about complex delay issues", say commentators, and he "advises on the optimal claim settlement strategies in a practical and time efficient manner".
Mark Vaughan-Jones has "a keen eye for detail" and "adds a huge amount of value through his input into the development of a case". Respondents add that he is "excellent at analysing the causative bases of delay".

Other Leading Individuals

England

According to sources, David Falkenstern "fits the mould of a future leader very well" and "is very active in the space" with a "rapidly ascending reputation in the field".

James Taylor is a respected figure among peers in the space who describe him as "a rising star in quantum matters".

Time | Quantum Expert Forensics’ David Halford “comes across in the box as carefully considered and very assured”, according to observers who are “really impressed by him” and praise his “careful and spectacularly thorough approach”.

At ARCADIS, Alan Whaley is “a very hands-on practitioner who connects well with clients, tribunal experts and lawyers” according to market observers.

Spain

Javier Trapero Perez of Altran is lauded by clients for his “readiness to assist” and his attention to detail which is described as “simply outstanding”. He has a wealth of expertise on industrial projects, providing analysis of both quantum and delay claims.

KPMG is home to an impressive individual in Fernando Cuñado who receives widespread praise for his excellent work on both arbitration and litigation proceedings, both domestically and internationally.
Alberto Rábano is a top-notch expert witness who is highlighted by respondents to our research for his handling of damages quantification across a wide range of disputes.

USA

Delta Consulting Group’s Cory Milburn is a top-drawer practitioner who is highlighted by impressed sources for his deep understanding of CPM delay analysis.
Brian Furniss receives effusive praise from respondents for his first-class work on quantum and delay claims across a range of sectors.

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