Michael Tonkin


Global Elite Thought Leader - Construction - Quantum Delay & Technical 2023
Global Elite Thought Leader - Construction 2023
Thought Leader - Construction Experts 2022
Arbitration 2023
Consulting 2022
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 Power & Utilities, Resources, Buildings, Transportation Infrastructure, Industrial & Manufacturing
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 40 occasions.

Mr Tonkin is an incredibly reliable expert who never needs to be chased. His strength comes from his approach as a constructive realist. Michael takes his work seriously and is always available and helpful.

WWL Thought Leaders – Construction Experts 2022

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 is “very knowledgeable and sensible in his ideas” rendering him “a safe pair of hands who delivers on-point, clear, practical reports.”

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Location Dubai, UAE

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