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Event report: Best practice in avoiding formal disputes – Part 2, Dispute Resolution using Expert Determination

June 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Our latest Ashghal seminar was on the topic of tiered dispute resolution provisions, including an in depth analysis on the benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), 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.

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, Driver Trett and the RICS.

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.

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.

Yasmine Nashawati is Manager of the RICS Dispute Resolution Service for the Middle East and North Africa region. She has over 10 years’ experience in the built environment sector and is passionate about increasing awareness and the use of conflict avoidance and alternative dispute resolution. She is also an RICS Diversity and Inclusion Champion for the region.

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 AsianGames 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 slides 16062019
Pamela McDonald 16062019
Ronan Kelly 16062019
Yasmine Nashawati 16062019.

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. Preliminary reports of this polling are available here, although these are only for the first part of the session:

Ideas-Ashghal 16 June 2019 v2 (part 1 only)
poll-results 1606 (part 1 only)
Questions-Ashghal 16 June 2019 v2 (part 1 only)

The questions and ideas were shared with the speakers after the event, and their replies will be available here when available.

Next event in this series: Part 3 on The Potential Value of Data Analytics, 9 September 2019, 6pm for 6.30pm till 8.30pm.
For more information and to register, click here: http://constructingexcellence.qa/event/best-practice-in-avoiding-formal-disputes-part-3-the-potential-value-of-data-analytics.

Previous event: Part 1 on Claims for Variations and Extensions of Time, 29 April 2019
This 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. The report of the event including slides s available here: http://constructingexcellence.qa/event/event-report-best-practice-in-avoiding-formal-disputes-part-1-claims-for-variations-and-extensions-of-time/.

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


June 16
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm