Podcast: Pandemic strategy, FIDIC 1999 Red Book – what you need to know

6th April 2020


This podcast will focus on the FIDIC 1999 Red Book and what Middle East employers / contractors need to know when dealing with Covid-19 based claims.

Download or listen to the podcast below.


Haroon Niazi is a Partner and Head of HKA’s Middle East operations.

Haroon is a former practicing barrister and a Chartered Quantity Surveyor. He holds an honours degree in Law, a master’s degree in Law and a master’s degree in Quantity Surveying.

Haroon sits on the working group committee of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Saudi Arabia.

His experience has been gained both in building and civil engineering construction projects where he has provided specialist advice in relation to pre- and post-contract matters for Contractors and Employers alike. Whilst working in the region, Haroon has been involved in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Haroon has led numerous HKA teams working on flagship oil and gas, railway and airport projects throughout the Middle East.

Haroon is named in Who’s Who Legal Construction: Expert Witnesses

Head of White & Case Construction Practice, Ellis Baker is a leading authority on construction law.

Ellis advises clients on all aspects of the delivery of construction and engineering projects, from procurement and the drafting and negotiation of contracts, to contract administration and the avoidance and resolution of disputes. Originally a barrister, Ellis acts as lead advocate in the cases on which he is instructed.

Ellis has advised developers, contractors, consultants and lenders on projects in 31 countries across five continents, including power stations, oil and gas installations, metals and mining facilities, process plants, transport infrastructure and commercial developments.

Ellis is one of the few individuals ranked Band 1 for Construction: Purchaser by Chambers UK and is also ranked as a Leading Individual for Construction by Legal 500.

Ellis has been recognised by independent legal directories as a leading lawyer for construction law since 2005, and, in 2017, was described as being “singled out by market sources for his work on international disputes” by Chambers UK.

Ellis is lead author of “FIDIC Contracts: Law and Practice”, published by Informa, the principal construction text covering the whole suite of major FIDIC forms of contract.

Michael Turrini is a partner at White & Case. He advises clients on all aspects of construction and engineering projects, from procurement and the drafting and negotiation of contracts through to dispute resolution. He has particular knowledge and experience of projects in the Middle East.

Michael has a substantial track record of advising on bespoke and standard-form construction contracts, including EPC, EPCM, design/build and traditional lump sum, and construct-only contracts.

In dispute resolution, Michael advises on international arbitrations under all forums and rules, litigation, dispute board proceedings and alternative dispute resolution.

Michael’s experience includes advising in relation to projects concerning power, airports, oil and gas, water, large scale infrastructure, transport, waste disposal, cooling plants, commercial developments and large-scale hotel developments.

Records! Records! Records! A claim is only as good as the records that the contractor is able to use to substantiate its claim, whether it be for an extension of time or cost.”

This publication presents the views, thoughts or opinions of the author and not necessarily those of HKA. Whilst we take every care to ensure the accuracy of this information at the time of publication, the content is not intended to deal with all aspects of the subject referred to, should not be relied upon and does not constitute advice of any kind. This publication is protected by copyright © 2024 HKA Global Ltd.


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