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Event report: Best practice in avoiding formal disputes – Part 1, Claims for Variations and Extensions of Time

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

Our latest Ashghal seminar was on the topic of how claims in respect of Variations and Extensions of Time should be dealt with during the life of a project. As well as Ashghal we were delighted to have the support of the Chartered Institute of Building, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and expert speakers from Pinsent Masons and David Adamson & Partners Overseas. The Ashghal main conference room in Tower 3 in West Bay was packed to capacity with around 200 clients, contractors and consultants attending.

A full house for Pamela McDonald

Speakers and slides

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, and specialises in international arbitration.

Andrew Gardner-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.

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.

The main slide decks used are available to download here:
Master 2904 as used
Pamela 2904
Andrew 2904.

Online polling
The online polling tool sli.do was used to capture views of the audience on the frequency of claims as well as questions for the panel and ideas for future activities. Reports of this polling are available here:

Questions-Ashghal 29 April 2019 – report
Ideas-Ashghal 29 April 2019 – report.

The questions and ideas were shared with the speakers after the event, and their replies are available here:

Q&A following 29 April 2019 Ashghal seminar on Variations and EOT.

Next event – Part 2 on 16 June 2019
This 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.
To attend please register here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/best-practice-in-avoiding-formal-disputes-tickets-60119569250.

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


April 29
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm