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John Dowse


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Legal; contract interpretation; quantum; delay analysis. Practitioner in arbitration, adjudication and mediation.

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Thirty-three (33) years experience in building and construction, at all levels both within contracting and consulting organisations. Practising arbitrator, adjudicator, and mediator. Faculty approved trainer for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Lecturer on construction contract forms and dispute resolution practices.


Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Institute of Directors Society of Construction Arbitrators


Various UK and International construction and legal publications.


LLB (Hons), Pg Dip (Legal Practice), MCInstCES MCIArb MIOD Barrister

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2016-10-12 Notice:

Dear Sudantha,    Thank you for this question.    Use of the word "shall" indicates an intention that the action is mandatory; however, unlike under the 1999 edition of the FIDIC contracts the giving of

2016-09-22 EoT Award; Impact Subsequent Milestones:

Dear Martin,    Thank you for this question. I apologise for the delay; only now am I seeing the question.    The EoT has been awarded as 7 days and a further 10 days relief from damages is given for your

2016-09-21 EoT Award; Impact Subsequent Milestones:

Dear Martin,    Thank you for this question.    A part of the answer will depend upon the conditions of contract adopted and how the EoT is dealt with. It will also depend upon whether LDs were applicable

2016-09-09 Interpretation Instruction to Tenderers Clause:

Dear Brian,    Thank you for this question.    On the basis of the sub-clauses provided, for any element of the Contract price that is to be paid in a foreign currency are intended to be at a fixed exchange

2016-09-08 Delay of Material/Drawings:

Dear Sudantha,    Thank you for this question.    In theory any delay by the Engineer in reviewing, commenting and/or approving shop drawings can be grounds for a claim from the Contractor for additional


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