Duncan Hughes Phillips

Managing Director, Advisory, SOCOTEC

About the Speaker:

Duncan has over 30 years’ experience in the construction, insurance, oil and gas, petrochemical, process, and civil engineering sectors. He has advised on more than 250 contentious matters ranging in value from less than £10k to over £1bn. Duncan’s international experience includes working in the Middle East, Asia, South America, mainland Europe, Africa, Australia and the UK. Duncan has been appointed as a quantum expert in arbitration, litigation, adjudication, and mediation. He has provided oral testimony under cross-examination both internationally and in the UK and has provided expert presentations and given evidence in witness conferencing (‘hot tubbing’).
 Recent testimonials refer to Duncan’s careful approach to giving evidence and the overall reliability of his quantum analysis.As head of SOCOTEC Advisory’s expert witness team, Duncan oversees significant auditing, quantification and measurement exercises whilst retaining close control of the process as expert. Duncan has been recognised as a Global Leader amongst construction expert witnesses and arbitration expert witnesses by Who’s Who Legal in 2022 and 2023. He is commended as an original thinker, as well as for his determination, persistence and hard work.

Session Title:

Resolving Construction Disputes in the Real World

With the construction sector facing a sustained period of exceptional price volatility, it is not uncommon for a party to have assumed a level of contractual risk that they become simply unable to bare. A real world approach is therefore often essential to unlock an impasse or resolve a dispute, to enable the project to move forward. Our joint seminar will explore some potential real world solutions that may be deployed, including means by which contracts can be re-negotiated, the scope of works revised and/or conditional settlement reached, exploring the key legal and quantum issues involved.

9.00am - 4.00pm

Networking Breakfast:
7.30am - 9.00am

Gala Dinner:
Reception 5.00pm
Dinner served 6.30pm

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