Construction Claims and Dispute Avoidance: How to Achieve Successful Outcomes

Online Conference25th September 20249:00am – 6:00pm BST
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Why Attend?

Whether you work for a developer, a contractor, a consultant or within the legal profession, your priority is always to achieve a successful outcome for your claims. How can we establish effective contract administration processes for claims? How can we create good project management strategies to avoid claim situations?

If we do find ourselves in a claim situation, how do we compile and deliver a well-substantiated claim? How do we put ourselves in the best position to settle at project level and avoid disputes?

Returning for a second year, the ICCP conference brings top experts together to discuss all these topics and much more. Invest a day of time; leave with clarity and new perspectives to help you achieve successful project outcomes.


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09:00 – 09:15
Opening remarks and introduction to the ICCP

By Paul Gibbons

09:15 – 09:50
Contract Administration for Claims

By Mansoor Ali

09:50 – 10:30
Panel Discussion: Claim Avoidance

Panelists: TBA. Chaired by Amit Kathpalia.

10:30 – 11:00
11:00 – 11:40
Identification of Claims

By Mark Watson

11:40 – 12:20
Panel Discussion: Delay Analysis - Purpose and Principles

Panelists: Mahmoud Abdelaal, Dr. Alan Whaley, Nicholas Gould. Chaired by Paul Gibbons.

12:20 – 13:00
Cost Calculations


13:00 – 14:00
Lunch Break
14:00 - 14:40
Panel Discussion: The Essential Elements of a Claim

Panelists: Magda Kofluk, Kunal Roy, TBA. Chaired by Glenn Bull

14:40 - 15:20
Presentation of a Claim

By Giovanni Di Folco

15:20 - 16:00
Responding to a Claim

By Kunal Roy

16:00 - 16:30
16:30 - 17:10

By Cagdas Evren Bayrak

17:10 - 17:45
Panel Discussion: General Q&A and Discussion

Panelists: John Shenton and others TBA. Chaired by Giovanni Di Falco.

17:45 - 18:00
Closing remarks

By Paul Gibbons

Dr. Alan Whaley BSc (Hons) Dip. (Adj.) APA LL.M Ph.D. MCIOB FRICS FCIArb MAE is a Chartered Construction Manager, Chartered Quantity Surveyor, and accredited expert witness with over 21 years’​ experience in the construction industry.

He is also the instructor of the BTEC Level 7 Advanced Professional Award in Forensic Delay Analysis through Autonomy ES.

Andy Hewitt FICCP, FCIOB, FCICES, FQSI, has more than 40 years of experience in the construction industry, which has been gained in the United Kingdom, Africa, and the Middle East. He has held senior positions with contractors, sub-contractors, and consultants and has worked on several iconic projects in the Middle East. Andy is the author of the following books:

Construction Claims & Responses: Effective Writing and Presentation
• The FIDIC Forms of Contract: Obligations of the Parties
• FIDIC 1999 Notices: A Guide to the Requirements, Content and Composition of Notices Under the Red, Yellow and Silver Books
• FIDIC 1999 Claims: A Guide to Claims for Extensions of Time and Additional Payment under the Red, Yellow and Silver Books
• FIDIC 2017 Notices: A Guide to the Requirements, Content and Composition of Notices Under the Red, Yellow and Silver Books
• FIDIC 2017 Claims: A Guide to Claims for Extensions of Time and Additional Payment under the Red, Yellow and Silver Books (to be published in 2022)

Andy’s experience in commercial, contract and project management led him to specialise in contractual issues, claims and dispute management, which culminated in his current position as a director of Hewitt Decipher Partnership, a consultancy practice offering services in these and related matters. Andy also works as an educator and trainer and developed and launched the training institution ‘Claims Class’. Claims Class offers training courses for individuals and companies on an international basis through e-courses, online courses, and workshops.

Cagdas Evren Bayrak is an award-winning experienced contracts, claims, and disputes professional and a FIDIC President’s List Adjudicator. He is a civil engineer with two post-graduate degrees in Construction Law from the UK, a chartered construction manager, and a Fellow of many international organizations as well. He has won the FIDIC 2021 Contract Users’ Award among very respected finalists. He started his own practice, ProADR in 2019, which specializes in providing assistance in matters of Contract Management, Claims, Dispute Avoidance and Resolution in the Middle East (Qatar in particular) and around the World.

Glenn specialises in construction and real estate development law. He is a member of the Construction, Engineering and Projects team and head of the Real Estate team in the Dubai office.

Glenn is an Australian lawyer and has been with CRS in the Gulf region since 2014.

His broad experience includes acting for clients in both contentious and non-contentious construction matters.
Over his career, Glenn has been advising employers, developers, contractors, subcontractors and consultants on various projects throughout the GCC, northern Africa, London, Malta and Australia.
Glenn’s practical knowledge of the real estate and construction industry, along with regional experience and expertise in the law, gives him the unique ability to focus on finding practical outcomes and commercial solutions for his clients.


  • Glenn has been involved in very substantial real estate development transactions, including multiple PPP agreements, drafting and negotiating various development management agreements, acting on the purchase and sale of sports grounds and facilities, advising on various hotel management agreements and large commercial leasing matters – particularly with a development focus.
  • Glenn has also advised on community structuring aspects in relation to several large master-planned developments in the region.
  • Glenn has in-house experience having worked for a rail operator in Australia and has been on secondment with a Qatari State entity that is undertaking several large developments in the region.
  • Glenn has advised on various construction projects in the Gulf, including large-scale infrastructure projects, rail projects, and residential, commercial, and mixed-use developments.

John Shenton is Chair of the Dubai Hub for the CIOB and Regional Contract Manager – GCC for Averda. John is a Chartered Construction Manager and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators with fourteen years of experience in the UK and EMEA in the management of prime contracts, subcontracts, and consultancy service agreements for the development of built assets. John holds a Master of Laws from Paris-Descartes and Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, a Master of Business Engineering from Stuttgart, and various professional memberships. The University of Stuttgart published John’s research into the cross-border finance of infrastructure projects in 2019. John volunteers his spare time to mentor candidates seeking to achieve chartered status through the CIOB’s ‘Professional Review’ process.

Paul Gibbons is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Chartered member of the CIOB, accredited Expert Witness and Expert Determiner with over 25 years of experience in construction. His core discipline is quantity surveying. Other disciplines have been developed over the course of the last 15 years, mainly in Expert Witness, Claims, Disputes, Project Programming, and Construction Law. Established in 2001, Paul is the founder and Managing Principal of Decipher, A DeSimone Company.

Kunal is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and RICS Registered Expert Determinator specializing in Construction Claims and Disputes. He holds a Master’s Degree in Construction Law and Arbitration (First Class with Distinction) and is currently leveraging his expertise in claims management whilst working for Hitachi Rail as a Corporate Contracts and Claims Manager for the MENA region. His achievements include the successful realization of multimillion-dollar claim entitlements for his employers by forming appropriate contractual strategies and preparing clear, precise, persuasive claim submissions. Kunal has previously been employed by several other Fortune 500 international contracting companies such as China Railway Construction Corporation, Orascom Constructions, Consolidated Contracts International Contractors (CCC), amongst others, and worked on some of the most iconic mega projects within the Middle East such as the Etihad Rail Project, Doha Metro Project, Abu Dhabi Airport MTB Project, and New Doha Port Project.

Mark Watson is a Construction Claims Consultant, Mediator, Arbitrator, Dispute Resolution Advocate and Expert Witness.

Mark has been instructed by several leading law firms to prepare written reports and present oral evidence relating to matters of delay, disruption, acceleration, and concurrency that tend to arise on construction and engineering projects.

Mark is Managing Director at Decipher UAE – A DeSimone Company, and represents the firm as a Claims and Dispute Resolution Specialist. He represents clients on Mediation, Adjudication and Arbitral tribunals as Party Dispute Resolution Advocate.

Mark also acts as a Mediator and Arbitrator and serves as a committee member of the South African Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

As an academic, Mark has developed and presents the course in Contract Performance, Delays and Associated Damages as a module for the University of Pretoria’s post-graduate Programme in Construction Adjudication.

Nicholas is a construction, energy and international arbitration lawyer. He is a solicitor-advocate, chartered surveyor, accredited adjudicator and mediator. He sits as arbitrator and on dispute boards. Nicholas acts for contractors, employers and governments in the building, construction, engineering, infrastructure, transport, energy, oil and gas, and process engineering sector. Frequently selected to advise on high value complex projects including Hinkley Nuclear Power Plant, T5 Heathrow, Muscat Airport, The Louvre in Abu Dhabi, Expo 2020 in Dubai, CERN’s nuclear research facility, the world’s most leaning building at Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi, and substantial hydro power projects. Nicholas is highlighted as one of the titans of the international construction market according to Global Elite Thought Leader’ Who’s Who. The IBA’s International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers Today, listed him as one of the “ten most highly regarded individuals internationally for construction law”. Nicholas is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London and Vice President of the ICC’s Arbitration Commission. He is past President of the DRBF and past Chairman of the Society of Construction Law.

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