David Merritt

Partner, Middle East & Africa

David is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and arbitrator with over 30 years of experience in the construction and engineering industries. His wide variety of hands-on commercial and contract management experience provide a sound basis for more than 10 quantum expert commissions.

David has worked as a quantity surveyor and construction consultant on numerous major projects around the world. These range from harbour expansions and new hospitals in Tanzania to transport and infrastructure projects in Asia and Europe, and varied building projects across the Middle East. He has worked with governments and government agencies, funders, developers, contractors, architects and engineers.

From procurement strategy and risk management to the assessment and evaluation of claims and variations, David regularly advises clients on dispute resolution strategies and contractual requirements. He evaluates disputes relating to variations, prolongation, acceleration and disruption, drawing on his varied industry and regional experience to provide world class expert witness services.

David is a CEDR accredited mediator, CIArb accredited adjudicator and accredited member of the Academy of Experts.  He represents clients at international mediation, conciliation, adjudication and arbitral proceedings and delivers a varied programme of related training seminars and presentations.

David is highly regarded as a quantum expert who produces robust analysis and evidence to clearly identify cause and quantify disputed sums. 2016’s Who’s Who Legal cited him as a ‘talented expert who is proficient at providing quantum analysis in disputes in the construction, civil engineering, transportation, rail and telecommunications sectors’.

Qualifications MSc Construction Law and Arbitration
PgDip Law & CPE
CEDR Accredited Mediator
CIArb Accredited Adjudicator
RICS Diploma
HND Quantity Surveying
Professional Memberships FRICS, FCIArb, FICES, MCIOB, The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, SCL, Adjudication Society, MAE
Contract Specialities FIDIC
David Merritt
Expert Highlights
  • Over 15 years of experience as a party appointed quantum expert.
  • Experience across multiple jurisdictions including UK, UAE and Bahrain.
  • Has delivered expert testimony and opinion for disputes in excess of $500 million
  • Proven as a credible witness under cross-examination and hot-tubbing.
  • Ranked as an acclaimed construction expert by Who’s Who Legal.
Expert Details
Location Dubai, UAE
Services Quantum
Sectors Buildings, Infrastructure, Industrial
Expert Statistics
Years of Experience 30
No. of Expert Commissions 10
No. of Cross Examinations 2

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