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Best practice in avoiding formal disputes. Part 1, Claims for Variations and Extensions of Time

April 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Our next two Ashghal seminars are on the topic of avoiding disputes from escalating to formal proceedings, and as well as Ashghal we are delighted to have the support of the Chartered Institute of Building, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and expert speakers from Pinsent Masons, David Adamson & Partners Overseas, and Driver Trett. They will be of particular interest to clients, contractors and consultants.

Part 1 on 29 April 2019 will disseminate knowledge and experience from legal and delays specialists around how claims in respect of Variations and Extensions of Time should be dealt with during the life of the project.

Part 2 on 16 June 2019 will relate to tiered dispute resolution provisions, including an in depth analysis on the benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and in particular, the process of Expert Determination (which is contained in the 2018 Ashghal contract as well as other standard forms in Qatar) as an intermediate step towards resolution of claims without using courts or arbitral tribunals.

The agenda and speakers for the events are below. Registration is essential in order to gain access to the venue.
Click here to register: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/best-practice-in-avoiding-formal-disputes-tickets-60119569250.

18.00     Arrival, registration, tea & coffee

18.40     Welcome and Introductions
Ashghal/Constructing Excellence in Qatar

18.45     Main speakers
Part 1 on 29 April 2019 – Pamela McDonald, Pinsent Masons and Andrew Gardner-Mitchell, David Adamson & Partners Overseas
Part 2 on 16 June 2019 – Pamela McDonald, Pinsent Masons and Ronan Kelly, Driver Trett

19.30     Other viewpoints
Ahmad al Ansari, Technical Office Manager, Ashghal, and Chairman of the branch committee of CIArb Qatar 
CIOB (Part 1), RICS (Part 2)

19.50     Q&A and panel discussion

20.30     Close

About the speakers:

Pamela McDonald is a Senior Associate of Pinsent Masons LLP, a full practice international law firm who have been actively advising clients in the Middle East since 2005.  Pinsent Masons’ Doha office opened in 2010, and focuses on advising clients in the infrastructure and energy sectors.  Pamela has been in Qatar for 5 years and has given legal advice to clients on projects including the Doha Metro, the Airport, Roads, Ports, Hotels, Water and Solar projects and stadiums.  Pamela is experienced in all types of dispute resolution forums, but specialises in international arbitration.”

Andrew Garner-Mitchell is Director of Director of Planning & Programme Management at David Adamson & Partners Overseas. He moved to Doha in 2009 and has led planning, programme management, project control and delay analysis commissions on a number of high profile and challenging schemes in Qatar. Andrew is Chair of the CIOB Hub Committees for the MENA Region and for Qatar.

Ronan Kelly is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators with 13 years’ experience, and he has worked on a broad range of construction and civil engineering projects in Ireland, the UK and the Middle East. He is a Director for Driver Trett and has been working as a Construction Claims Consultant based in Qatar for the last six and a half years.

Ahmad Al Ansari is Manager of the President’s Technical Office in Ashghal, the Public Works Authority (PWA). His previous roles include Head of Planning, Design & Contracts for the Qatar Olympic Committee on projects for the 2006 Asian Games and as Head of Water Projects for the Ministry of Electricity and Water. He is Chairman of  the branch committee of CIArb Qatar.

For any queries about this event please contact Don Ward, Constructing Excellence in Qatar
c/o Technical Office, Ashghal. Mobile: +974 7091 0571  


April 29
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm