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Michael Tonkin

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Thought Leader - Construction 2020
Construction 2020
Consulting Experts 2020
Expert Information
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 Experience FIDIC, ICC, JCT, NEC, PPC
Services Quantum
Sectors Buildings, Transportation Infrastructure, Industrial & Manufacturing, Power & Utilities, Oil & Gas
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.

Michael Tonkin is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Chartered Arbitrator, RICS Accredited Expert Witness and CEDR Accredited Mediator with over 30 years of construction industry experience. He is an effective dispute resolver and has acted as quantum expert on more than 30 occasions.

Michael Tonkin is a “leading figure” for providing quantum analysis in major construction disputes.

WWL Thought Leaders – Construction Experts 2020

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 Asia, Australasia and the Middle East. Michael often acts as ‘coordinating expert’ across several disciplines of expert.

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 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, the Middle East, Asia and Europe; and oil and gas projects in the Middle East and Australasia.

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.

Michael Tonkin’s 30 years of international experience in a wide array of international construction disputes make him a valued expert in complex cases.

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Location Dubai, UAE