Michael Tonkin

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Michael is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Chartered Arbitrator, RICS Accredited Expert Witness and CEDR Accredited Mediator with over 25 years of construction industry experience. He is an effective dispute resolver and has acted as quantum expert on more than 20 occasions.

Michael has extensive experience of commercial negotiations in major projects, particularly where bespoke contracts and innovative methods of procurement have been used. With a background in cost management, he specialises in commercial management, contract management, negotiation, risk management, third party financial reporting and strategic advice. His project experience ranges from major infrastructure and buildings across the Middle East, UK and Asia; power and water in Africa and Europe; and oil and gas projects in the Middle East.

Michael regularly provides commercial advice on formal dispute resolution, dispute avoidance and procurement. He is adept in many of the major standard forms of contract and has been employed by government bodies, large private companies, contractors and subcontractors to advise on commercial matters and procurement.

Michael has been a party appointed expert witness, a single joint expert witness and a third-party expert evaluator. He has given oral testimony in traditional cross-examination as well as concurrent evidence (hot-tubbing) in international arbitrations, in both Asia and the Middle East. Michael often acts as ‘coordinating expert’ across several disciplines of expert.

Michael has been appointed as arbitrator on more than 60 occasions (as sole arbitrator, chairman of a tribunal of three, and co-arbitrator) under the auspices of ICC, LCIA, DIAC, ADCCAC and the TAI. He regularly participates in other alternative dispute resolution processes such as adjudication and dispute adjudication boards (DABs). Michael is a trustee and honorary treasurer of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a past chairman and past vice chairman of the UAE branch.

Who’s Who Legal Construction Experts 2017 stated that Michael is, “able to utilise his experience as an arbitrator and mediator to provide effective expert testimony on construction disputes”.

Qualifications BSc Quantity Surveying
PgDip Arbitration
RICS Accredited Expert Witness
Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate
Professional Memberships FRICS, FCIArb, FCIOB, MAE, FDBF, Chartered Arbitrator
Contract Specialities FIDIC, ICC, JCT, NEC, PPC
Michael Tonkin
Expert Highlights
  • Highly experienced quantity surveyor.
  • Proven as a credible witness under cross-examination and during ‘hot-tubbing’.
  • International experience extends to the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia.
  • Has delivered expert testimony and opinion on many substantial disputes.
  • Ranked as an acclaimed construction expert by Who’s Who Legal.
  • From 60+ appointments as arbitrator, clearly understands the needs of the tribunal in relation to expert evidence.
Expert Details
Location Dubai, UAE
Services Quantum
Sectors Buildings, Infrastructure, Industrial, Power & Utilities, Oil & Gas
Expert Statistics
Years of Experience 29
No. of Expert Commissions 20+
No. of Cross Examinations 6

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