The Stone in My Shoe

The Stone in My Shoe

It was 25 years ago in the coming April that my dad phoned me at work, I was 26 he was 57. I was a senior quantity surveyor climbing the ladder of a national contractor. I was, of course, an extremely busy man. As I nipped out of my meeting, the secretary handed me a...
Should Arbitration Fees Be Capped?

Should Arbitration Fees Be Capped?

This discussion is around the capping of the fees for tribunal members from the perspective of an arbitrator. We consider this specifically within the African landscape. I may however draw upon other jurisdictions in my considerations of the topic. Should you need...
Representing People in Adjudication?

Representing People in Adjudication?

At Damian James, we don’t often act as party representative in adjudication, but a long-standing client recently asked us to. Our work focuses primarily on delay and quantum expert commissions in arbitrations. So preparing demands, notices and referrals in the...
Virtual Hearings & The Expert

Virtual Hearings & The Expert

Over the past eighteen months, the pandemic has definitely changed how we all live and work. Whilst some of the challenges faced by experts have remained the same, virtual hearings have brought new challenges in both the preparation of reports and delivering testimony...
Whose Float Is It Anyway?

Whose Float Is It Anyway?

Float ownership  The issue of who owns the float in the construction program has been the subject of significant debate. At least three conflicting viewpoints hold sway. These are that: It belongs to the contractor.The float belongs to the employer.It belongs to...