Webinar on resolving construction disputes through mediation

Damian James joins two experts for a discussion on mediation. Joining him was advocate and mediator Chantelle Humphries and arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator Robert Evans of Keating Chambers. The team took a look at some of the issues surrounding using mediation to resolve construction disputes.

Areas covered:

  • What type of disputes are more suited to mediation?
  • How is mediation treated around the world?
  • What does the 41a rule mean for South Africa?
  • What are the benefits and risks of mediation?
  • Can mediation be conducted virtually?


Chantelle Humphries

Chantelle Humphries is a practising advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a member of the Johannesburg Bar. Chantelle’s practice consists predominately of construction and commercial disputes throughout Southern Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and England. Chantelle’s has experience in all spheres of ADR and complimented on her practical approach to dispute resolution as well as diligence and turnaround time.

Robert Evans

Robert Evans is a member of Keating Chambers, London but predominately acts as arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator in international and domestic disputes. He began his career as a civil engineer, working for international consultants and contractors in the UK and in Hong Kong. Robert is a CEDR accredited mediator, a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers’ panels of arbitrators and adjudicators and is currently chairman of the ICE Dispute Resolution Panel. Robert has successfully mediated a number of remote mediations during the COVID-19 lockdown using many of the main video platforms. He is the author of the chapter on Mediation in Keating Construction Dispute Resolution Handbook, and is a contributor to Keating on Construction Contracts and Keating on NEC3.

Damian James

Damian James is a leading expert in the area of quantum, delay, disruption and cost evaluation. His appointments include adviser in international arbitrations and as expert in adjudications around the world. Project and arbitration locations have included the UAE, South Africa and other African states and the UK. Damian has wide experience in engineering and construction claims and dispute resolution. He has particular expertise in the preparation of detailed claims to recover client entitlements. Damian’s particular skills lie in the complex discipline of delay analysis and disruption valuation. He is able to disentangle global claims to establish the relationship of particular cause and effect.