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Paul Taplin

Paul Taplin

AnkuraRolex Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road7B, 7th Floor, PO Box 413705DubaiUnited Arab Emirates

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say

“Paul is a very seasoned expert who is good under cross examination - I highly recommend him”

“He is a really good name; a sensible and excellent expert” 

Biography

Paul Taplin is a senior managing director at Ankura, based in Dubai. He has more than 31 years’ experience in the construction sector; as a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), he is a highly experienced forensic chartered quantity surveyor, chartered construction manager and quantum expert specialising in the evaluation and analysis of complex construction claims on major domestic and international projects. Paul relocated to the UAE in 2013 from   London.

Paul has extensive international experience covering the UK, mainland Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the  US.

With pan-sector experience, Paul has covered a diverse mix of projects including infrastructure, building, power, civil engineering, industrial, water, and oil and gas pipelines.

Paul is regularly appointed as a quantum expert witness and has given evidence many times in the UK, the UAE, Bahrain and Virtual Hearings. He has been cross-examined by QCs and has experience of witness conferencing  (“hot-tubbing”).

Being a CIArb panel-registered adjudicator, Paul has acted in over 100 adjudications encompassing a variety of different disputes. He is also a CEDR-accredited mediator and has acted as mediator and party representative.

In the past Paul has been a committee member of the Adjudication Society; a member of the Technology and Construction Court Users Committee; and a  fellow of the Forum of the Built Environment. He is presently a member of the Society of Construction Law.

Paul has been appointed as quantum expert on a number of very large construction disputes which have been the subject of international arbitration. On average he gives oral expert witness testimony three or four times a year to arbitration tribunals in various jurisdictions. The arbitral panels are often made up of QCs, barristers, lawyers, architects, engineers and/or surveyors. Paul has been regularly commended on his ability to simplify complicated matters for the benefit of the tribunal.

Historically Paul has acted in the capacity of construction claims adviser either on behalf of main/sub-contractors preparing contractual entitlement claims or on behalf of employers defending such claims.

Paul is also a CIArb panel adjudicator and has been involved in over 100 adjudications since the inception of the UK Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act on 1  May 1998, either in the capacity of party representative (for either the referring or the responding party) or as adjudicator. Such was the success of the statutory process, in early 2000 adjudication became the number-one form of dispute resolution in the UK overtaking arbitration, litigation and any other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Paul spent over 13 years at the forefront of this dispute resolution process as it evolved and developed.

Paul is a CEDR-accredited mediator and has acted in the capacity of mediator on numerous occasions as part of the Pre-Action Protocol where under the Civil Procedure Rules in the UK parties in litigation are obliged to mediate their disputes prior to a court hearing. Paul has also acted as party representative on numerous occasions.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Paul Taplin is a highly regarded testifying expert with vast experience providing analysis on complex construction claims.

Biography

Paul Taplin is a senior managing director at Ankura, based in Dubai. He has more than 31 years’ experience in the construction sector; as a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), he is a highly experienced forensic chartered quantity surveyor, chartered construction manager and quantum expert specialising in the evaluation and analysis of complex construction claims on major domestic and international projects. Paul relocated to the UAE in 2013 from   London.

Paul has extensive international experience covering the UK, mainland Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the  US.

With pan-sector experience, Paul has covered a diverse mix of projects including infrastructure, building, power, civil engineering, industrial, water, and oil and gas pipelines.

Paul is regularly appointed as a quantum expert witness and has given evidence many times in the UK, the UAE, Bahrain and Virtual Hearings. He has been cross-examined by QCs and has experience of witness conferencing  (“hot-tubbing”).

Being a CIArb panel-registered adjudicator, Paul has acted in over 100 adjudications encompassing a variety of different disputes. He is also a CEDR-accredited mediator and has acted as mediator and party representative.

In the past Paul has been a committee member of the Adjudication Society; a member of the Technology and Construction Court Users Committee; and a  fellow of the Forum of the Built Environment. He is presently a member of the Society of Construction Law.

Paul has been appointed as quantum expert on a number of very large construction disputes which have been the subject of international arbitration. On average he gives oral expert witness testimony three or four times a year to arbitration tribunals in various jurisdictions. The arbitral panels are often made up of QCs, barristers, lawyers, architects, engineers and/or surveyors. Paul has been regularly commended on his ability to simplify complicated matters for the benefit of the tribunal.

Historically Paul has acted in the capacity of construction claims adviser either on behalf of main/sub-contractors preparing contractual entitlement claims or on behalf of employers defending such claims.

Paul is also a CIArb panel adjudicator and has been involved in over 100 adjudications since the inception of the UK Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act on 1  May 1998, either in the capacity of party representative (for either the referring or the responding party) or as adjudicator. Such was the success of the statutory process, in early 2000 adjudication became the number-one form of dispute resolution in the UK overtaking arbitration, litigation and any other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Paul spent over 13 years at the forefront of this dispute resolution process as it evolved and developed.

Paul is a CEDR-accredited mediator and has acted in the capacity of mediator on numerous occasions as part of the Pre-Action Protocol where under the Civil Procedure Rules in the UK parties in litigation are obliged to mediate their disputes prior to a court hearing. Paul has also acted as party representative on numerous occasions.

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