James Howells QC spoke at the 7th annual FIDIC Middle East Contract Users’ conference held in Dubai on the 16th and 17th February 2016.
James’ session was entitled Arbitration and Alternative Dispute resolution, and it considered the nature of disputes and how they can be managed and resolved under the provisions of the FIDIC Contracts. The aim was to equip the representatives and advisers of the Parties and the Engineer to make good choices in moving towards a cost effective resolution.
- The nature of construction disputes – how and when they occur
- The opportunities offered by the FIDIC Amicable Settlement provisions and their effective operation
- The role of mediation in resolving construction disputes
- A strategic approach to international arbitration.
James practices across a broad range of disputes in litigation, arbitration, adjudication and all methods of alternative dispute resolution. His experience covers a wide range of technical disputes from construction, engineering and infrastructure to energy and power to telecommunications, computer systems and software. Much of his work is international in nature and throughout his career he has advised on disputes in Europe, Africa, The Middle East, Australia and across Asia in disputes relating to all areas of his expertise. James¹ recent work in the GCC States has included work on transportation infrastructure including Dubai Metro and other light and heavy rail projects; disputes relating to major airport developments as well as disputes relating to the development of Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. James has wide experience in advisory, preparatory and advocacy work for international arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution (using ICC Rules and other recognised arbitration rules such as UNCITRAL, LCIA, SIAC and Stockholm Chamber of Commerce as well as ad hoc arbitration).
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