Thursday, 9 July 2020, Les Salons Hoche, 9 Avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris, France


LBR Events and Global Arbitration Review have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s GAR Live Construction Disputes event, due to be held on 2 April 2020. 

We continue to prioritise your health and safety, knowing that the Covid-19 epidemic is still in development in France and abroad.

As such, we are pleased to inform you that the conference will take place on the 9th July, during the Paris Arbitration Week, scheduled to take place between the 6 - 10 July 2020. Further details can be found here:

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have, and we continue to look forward to delivering the best event yet in the annual series later in the year.

We look forward to seeing you all in July!

Nic O’Callaghan, Commercial Director

E-mail Tel: +44 203 780 4183


Jane Davies Evans

3 Verulam Buildings

A barrister at 3 Verulam Buildings, Jane has been described as ‘The most competent construction advocate’ who is ‘Devastatingly good for complex cases’, ‘Absolutely first rate’ and ‘A superb lawyer’ (Legal 500).  Jane is also recognised by Chambers & Partners (‘A sophisticated advocate’ whose ‘eloquence and grasp of the technical and financial elements of complex cases is remarkable’), by Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration and as a Thought Leader in Who’s Who Legal: Construction.  Jane has substantial experience as counsel in international arbitrations involving major energy and infrastructure projects in Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.  A dual-qualified lawyer and accountant, Jane is often appointed a counsel or arbitrator on disputes involving complex delay/disruption and quantum.

Peter Rosher

Reed Smith

Peter Rosher is a partner at Reed Smith in Paris where he represents clients in arbitrations worldwide, both ad hoc and under major institutional rules.  He focuses principally in energy, construction and infrastructure disputes. Dual qualified, he teaches at the Faculty of Law at Sciences Po and Assas-Pantheon. He is Secretary General of the Association “Paris, Place d’Arbitrage”, on the board of the French Arbitration Association and on the organising committee for the Paris Arbitration Week. He is a Fellow of the Disputes Board Federation. Peter also sits regularly as arbitrator and has published widely.  

Keynote Speaker

Professor Doug Jones AO

Atkin Chambers

Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator with over 40 years' prior experience as an international transactional and disputes project lawyer. Doug is a door tenant at Atkin Chambers London an arbitrator member at Arbitration Place in Toronto and has an office in Sydney. Doug is also an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court. He has been involved in over 120 arbitrations spanning over 30 jurisdictions in disputes of values exceeding some billions $US. In addition, Doug has held appointments at several international professional associations, including as President of the CIArb and ACICA.


Sir William Blair

3 Verulam Buildings

Simon Braithwaite


Nadia Darwazeh

Clyde & Co

Tony Dymond

Debevoise & Plimpton

Laurent Gaultier


Nicholas Gould

Fenwick Elliott

Brian King

Independent Arbitrator

Hamish Lal

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Chau Ee Lee

Addleshaw Goddard

Gregory Leveau

e²cm Consulting

Iain McKenny

Profile Investment

Smitha Menon


Evans Monari


David Nitek

Herbert Smith Freehills

Ian Osbaldeston

Blackrock Expert Services

Dan Perera

Reed Smith

Anamaria Popescu

Berkeley Research Group

Rebecca Shorter

White & Case

Erin Miller Rankin

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs’ opening remarks

Jane Davies Evans, 3 Verulam Buildings
Peter Rosher, Reed Smith

9.40: Keynote address: Let’s get together - arbitral best practice for the next decade

Professor Doug Jones AO, Atkin Chambers

10.10: Session one: Oops, I did it again – a conversation with contract managers

Contract managers play an increasingly important role in dispute avoidance, with good contract management taking centre stage in the FIDIC 2017 suite of contracts.  We ask some of the world’s leading contract managements and construction lawyers what makes a good contract manager, and how FIDIC 2017 has impacted on contract management resourcing within contractors and clients? We also pose the question: Contract managers: failed project managers, would-be lawyers or essential and valued members of every international contractor?

Peter Rosher, Reed Smith

Nicholas Gould, Fenwick Elliott
Gregory Leveau, e²cm Consulting 
Laurent Gaultier, ALSTOM

11.20: Coffee break

11.45: Session two: Everybody wants to rule the world – Belt and Road and implications for construction arbitration

In this session our speakers discuss what the Belt and Road projects means for the future of construction arbitration.  Paris has been the traditional home of construction arbitration ever since FIDIC chose ICC arbitration as its default arbitration provision.  But with Chinese money funding and Chinese contractors building infrastructure on every continent, will the rise in Chinese rooted projects see construction arbitration practitioners moving East?

Jane Davies Evans, 3 Verulam Buildings 

Chau Ee Lee, Addleshaw Goddard
Erin Miller Rankin, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Evans Monari, Bowmans
David Nitek, Herbert Smith Freehills
Dan Perera, Reed Smith

13.00: Networking lunch

13:45: Session three: It’s all about the money – roundtable with quantum experts

In a change from the usual GAR Live “Ask the arbitrator” sessions, we turn our attention to quantum experts.  Our panel of quantum experts are ready to answer the questions that rarely receive straight answers.  Do you need a quantum expert at all in construction arbitration given that most of the quantum evidence presented in construction arbitrations is simply adding up numbers extracted from the contractors’ project records?  And why are quantum experts so expensive? How personally involved is the testifying expert in the preparation of their report?  When (if ever) is an independent quantum expert conflicted? Why is it so difficult to value plant?  Who makes the best quantum experts: quantity surveyors, engineers or accountants?  We will also ask the quantum experts to take us through the looking glass into an expert conclave, explaining how they work with their opposing number when preparing joint expert reports etc. 

Peter Rosher, Reed Smith

Anamaria Popescu, Berkeley Research Group
Simon Braithwaite, BDO
Ian Osbaldeston, Blackrock Expert Services
Iain McKenny, Profile Investment

14:45: Session four: Call me, maybe? A mock arbitration hearing segment

Given cash is the life blood of the construction industry, and the cataclysmic impact a successful demand can have on a contractor’s ability to continue trading, some employers view calling on-demand bonds and guarantees as a valid strategy for bringing their contractors to heel (and the negotiating table). 

In our final session of the day, we join an arbitration hearing addressing a Contractor’s application for urgent interim measures protecting their performance bond from the Employer’s attempt to call the bond after the Contractor commences an arbitration following a disputed termination.  We observe counsel putting their case for and against the application, then assist the co-arbitrators deliberating whether to issue the requested relief or not. 

Jane Davies Evans, 3 Verulam Buildings 

Sir William Blair, 3 Verulam Buildings
Brian King, Independent Arbitrator
Smitha Menon, WongPartnership

Tony Dymond, Debevoise & Plimpton
Nadia Darwazeh, Clyde & Co
Hamish Lal, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Rebecca Shorter, White & Case

16:00: Chairs’ closing remarks

Jane Davies Evans, 3 Verulam Buildings
Peter Rosher, Reed Smith

16.05: Close of conference


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