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WWL Ranking: Recommended

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Tommy Wakefield-Smith has a superb reputation in the region, earning recommendations for his high-quality work as an expert witness in arbitrations arising from project delay and disruption.


Tommy has over 20 years’ experience on engineering and construction projects across the UK, South Africa, the Middle East and Australia in the resources, rail, energy and construction sectors.  

Prior to working at SCI, he was principal at Tracey Brunstrom & Hammond; and before that, director at HKA. He started in construction working for key contractors, where he delivered three projects on time and doubled tender profits. He has implemented national planning improvement programmes for two of the UK’s largest engineering companies and worked in lead planning roles on multibillion-dollar projects with EPC firms Bechtel and Parsons Brinckerhoff.

He has been responsible for project management, planning, commercial and risk functions; is experienced in all phases of the project life cycle from feasibility studies through to commissioning; and has extensive experience in dispute avoidance and resolution, mediation, adjudication and arbitration.

He is an international expert in project planning, programming and the analysis of delay and disruption; has been instructed on numerous expert appointments; has acted as expert determiner; testified in ICC arbitration in London; and been “hot-tubbed”. His experience in all aspects of the project life cycle provides him with a thorough understanding of the true cause and effect of project related issues.

He is a member of the Academy of Experts Gray's Inn London, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Society of Construction Law, and he has an MBA from London Business School. In 2018 he published “Subjective objectivity – As built critical path analysis” through the Society of Construction Law. He has been a guest lecturer at Melbourne University Law School course on project economics and feasibility since 2017. 

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