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 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:

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:

Part 3 in this series is on 9 September 2019 on the potential value of data analytics, click opposite for more information and to register.

Part 1 in this series on Claims for Variations and Extensions of Time was on 29 April 2019, a separate report is available on this website.

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