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John Wright


John Wright CV

DATE OF BIRTH 2nd May 1952

EDUCATION Hereford Cathedral School (1963 - 1970)

St John's College, Cambridge (1970 - 1973)

BA 1973 MA 1977

PRESENT POSITION Principal, John Wright ADR

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

1976 - 1979 Solicitor - Coward Chance (now Clifford Chance LLP)

1979 - 1983 Solicitor - McKenna & Co (now CMS Cameron McKenna)

1984 - 1998 Partner and Head of Construction Department – Warner Cranston (now Reed Smith LLP)

1999 - 2003 Partner - Berwin Leighton Paisner

2003 - 2011 Partner - Lane & Partners LLP (now Bird & Bird LLP)

2011 – 2016 Partner - Goodman Derrick LLP

2016 – date Consultant, Goodman Derrick LLP

QUALIFICATIONS

1976 Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales

1991 Fellow - Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

1995 Mediator accredited by Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution

1996 Adjudicator accredited by Technology & Construction Solicitors’ Association (TeCSA)

2009 Appointed to FIDIC President’s List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators

2009 Fellow – Dispute Board Federation (DBF)

2016 Fellow – Malaysian Society of Adjudicators

PANEL MEMBERSHIPS

FIDIC President’s List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators

RICS Register of Dispute Board Members

Panel of Arbitrators, Dubai International Arbitration Centre

Panel of Arbitrators, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre

Panel of Arbitrators, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration

Panel of Arbitrators, Georgian International Arbitration Centre

Panel of Arbitrators, Pacific International Arbitration Centre (Vietnam)

Panel of Arbitrators, RICS Select Construction and Engineering Arbitration Service

Panel of Arbitrators, RICS Fast Track Construction and Engineering Arbitration Service

Panel of Arbitrators, CIArb Dispute Appointment Property Service

Panel of Arbitrators, CIArb Business Arbitration Scheme

Panel of Arbitrators, CEDR Solve

Panel of Arbitrators, the Law Society

Transport for London Conflict Avoidance Panel

Panel of Adjudicators, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Panel of Adjudicators, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration

Panel of Adjudicators, Technology and Construction Solicitors’ Association

Panel of Construction Adjudicators, CEDR Solve

Panel of Mediators, the Mediation Centre, Dubai

Specialist Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators, ADR Chambers

Resolex Panel of Construction Mediators

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND POSITIONS HELD

Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2009-2014, Chair 2011-2013)

Co-Chair - International Construction Projects Committee of the International Bar Association (2012-2013)

Chair of interview panel for RICS Adjudication Panel Assessments (2005-2006)

Chair of tribunal for RICS Adjudication Panel Appeals (2006)

Freeman - Worshipful Company of Arbitrators

Member - Arbitration Club

Member - Adjudication Society

Member - Society of Construction Law

Member - Society of Construction Arbitrators

Member - Dispute Resolution Board Foundation

EXPERIENCE AS THIRD PARTY NEUTRAL

Is currently sitting, or has sat, as Arbitrator, Dispute Board Member, Adjudicator or Mediator in the following matters:

Arbitration

Chair of an ad hoc international arbitral tribunal in connection with a 40m Dirhams dispute between a Middle East developer and a consultant concerning a number of connected infrastructure projects (ongoing)

Chair of an international arbitral tribunal in connection with a 35m Dirhams dispute between an M&E sub-contractor and a main contractor regarding a residential development in the Middle East under DIAC rules (ongoing)

Chair of an international arbitral tribunal in connection with a 200m Dirhams dispute between a sub-contractor and main contractor regarding a large commercial/retail development in the Middle East under DIAC Rules

Chair of an ad hoc international arbitral tribunal dealing with disputes arising from the termination of a contractor’s employment under a FIDIC Yellow Book contract for a power plant project in Asia

Sole arbitrator in a US$150m dispute arising from the construction of a container port facility in the Far East under UNCITRAL Rules (ongoing)

Sole arbitrator on a £2.5m dispute regarding an energy supply agreement (ongoing)

Sole arbitrator in a dispute regarding subsidence under a row of terraced houses in the north of England

Sole arbitrator in three disputes regarding valuation of properties affected by mining subsidence (ongoing)

Various appointments as arbitrator under the ABTA arbitration scheme on travel disputes

Various appointments as arbitrator under the Renewable Energy Consumer Code

Member of a three person arbitral tribunal in a dispute between a bank and customer relating to trading agreements in the Middle East under LCIA Rules

Member of a three person arbitral tribunal in a dispute between an employer and pipework contractor in connection with a flagship project in Switzerland

Dispute Board Member

Standing Dispute Board member on a US$600m port project in Central America (ongoing)

Dispute Board member in connection with disputes arising from a major infrastructure project in Africa under the FIDIC Yellow Book (two appointments)

Dispute Board member in connection with disputes arising from a major infrastructure project in Africa under the FIDIC Red Book

Standing Dispute Board member on a road construction/rehabilitation project in Southern Africa under the FIDIC Red Book

Dispute Board member on a major Netherlands offshore wind farm project (ongoing)

Sole Standing Dispute Board member on two road/bridge projects in Eastern Europe under the FIDIC MDB Contract (ongoing)

Sole Standing Dispute Board member on a road construction/rehabilitation project in West Africa under the FIDIC Red Book

Sole Dispute Board member on disputes arising from an infrastructure project in Continental Europe under the FIDIC Red Book

Sole Dispute Board member on disputes concerning a major road project in Central Europe under the FIDIC Yellow Book (three appointments)

Sole Dispute Board member on a road project in Central Europe under the FIDIC Red Book

Sole Dispute Board member in connection with disputes arising from an energy project in the UK under the FIDIC Silver Book

Adjudicator

Adjudicator in a dispute between a sub-contractor and main contractor regarding payment issues on a pharmaceutical plant

Adjudicator in a dispute regarding a concrete sub-contract in an office block development

Adjudicator in disputes between employer and main contractor relating to the refurbishment of a major shopping centre (three appointments)

Adjudicator in a sub-contract dispute in a civil engineering project

Adjudicator in disputes between employer and contractor regarding an industrial plant in Africa (two appointments)

Adjudicator in an M&E sub-contract dispute in a large industrial development

Adjudicator in a dispute between consultant and local authority employer relating to a large redevelopment project

Adjudicator in disputes between a consultant/contractor and employer relating to mobile telephone masts (two appointments)

Adjudicator in a dispute between consultant and employer relating to a substantial engineering project

Adjudicator in a dispute between employer and main contractor regarding civil engineering works at a waste to energy plant (two appointments)

Adjudicator in a dispute between a contractor and a bank relating to defects in heating/air conditioning equipment

Adjudicator in a £3m dispute between a contractor and employer relating to the construction of a gas storage facility

Adjudicator in a dispute between a developer and a contractor regarding piling works

Adjudicator in disputes between a university and a PPP contractor regarding FM issues arising under the project agreement (three appointments)

Adjudicator in a dispute regarding payment issues between Main Contractor and a Sub-Contractor on a groundworks contract

Adjudicator in a £3m dispute between the Employer and EPC Contractor relating to defects in a mechanical and biological treatment plant

Adjudicator in a dispute arising from the construction of a £100m mechanical and biological treatment plant in England (two appointments)

Adjudicator in disputes between the Employer and Main Contractor regarding the construction of a biogas facility (three appointments, amounts claimed £3.5m)

Adjudicator in a £10m dispute between the Employer and the Main Contractor regarding the construction of a substantial office development in central London

Adjudicator in a £7m dispute regarding the construction of an energy from waste plant

Adjudicator on a £750K dispute between a sub-contractor and a main contractor regarding glazing works

On Panel Of Adjudicators for £100m sports and entertainment complex in the UK


Mediator

Mediator in a dispute between architects and employers under the FIDIC Client/Consultant Model Services Agreement regarding a hotel project in Africa

Mediator in a €100m dispute between an employer and contractor arising from a FIDIC Client/Consultant Model Services Agreement for the construction of a mining facility in the Middle East

Mediator in a US $5m dispute between a JV and a design consultant arising out of a US $10bn project in the Middle East

Mediator in a high profile £15m dispute between a local authority and project managers in relation to disputes arising from the construction of an arts centre

Mediator on an insurance coverage case following a fire in a block of flats in Central London

Mediator in a dispute between sub-contractors relating to a major transport infrastructure project in Central London

Mediator in a dispute between developer and contractor relating to a housing development

Mediator in a multi-party dispute relating to alleged defects in an office development

Mediator in a dispute between a firm of quantity surveyors and a former employee

Mediator in a multi-party dispute relating to water ingress in an office development

Mediator in a multi-party dispute regarding a flood at a university

Mediator in a multi-party dispute relating to damage to seawall defences

Mediator in a dispute between developer and tenant regarding additional costs incurred in a very substantial office development

Mediator in a dispute between employer and contractor following the destruction by fire of a school

Mediator in a dispute relating to construction defects in a school building

Mediator in a multi-party dispute between employer, contractor, architect, services engineer and project manager relating to the construction of a large private residence

Mediator in a dispute between a local authority and a waste management contractor relating to a landfill facility

Mediator in a dispute between tenant and landlord of commercial premises relating to defects in heating/air conditioning equipment

Mediator in a dispute between a housing association, contractor and architect relating to a housing development

Mediator in a dispute between a housing association and architects relating to planning aspects of a substantial residential development

Mediator in a dispute between a government department and engineers regarding a survey of contaminated land

Mediator in a dispute between a developer and engineers relating to defects in a residential development

Mediator in a dispute between a developer and a main contractor regarding defects and delay/expense claims arising from a mixed commercial/residential development

Mediator in a dispute between a house owner and an insurance company relating to coverage issues following an escape of water

Mediator in a dispute between contractor and employer regarding valuation of the Final Account

Mediator in a substantial dispute between a contractor and a local authority relating to valuation of works and defects


EXPERIENCE AS COUNSEL

Has acted as legal representative in numerous disputes for employers, contractors, sub-contractors, construction professionals, buyers and sellers, including the following:-

POWER & UTILITIES

Advice to a German company on an EPC contract for the provision of a waste to energy facility in Kent, England; handling extensive disputes with major package contractors regarding quality and performance issues

Advice relating to performance issues arising from a contract for the provision of a coal washing facility in South Wales

Handling the contract negotiation and subsequent ICC arbitration proceedings relating to the provision of a tunnel boring machine for a mineral mine in Sardinia

Advice regarding the contractual arrangements with a major supplier to a power generation company

Advice on contractual issues arising from remediation works following construction of the Thames Barrier

Dealing with contractual disputes arising out of the provision of an effluent treatment plant in Northern England

Acting for the contractor in connection with disputes and later arbitration proceedings arising from the construction of power plants in the Middle East

MARINE

Representing a major sub-contractor in an arbitration with the EPC contractor concerning the construction of an LNG terminal in South America

Advising on several disputes relating to the provision of oil field services to North Sea platforms including equipment failure and contractual issues

Acting for a sub-contractor in disputes with the EPC contractor relating to the construction of an LNG terminal in Wales

Advice regarding contractual disputes arising from a fire and consequent production issues on a North Sea platform

Advising a major international drilling corporation on issues arising from the construction of a semi-submersible drilling rig in the Middle East

Handling several contractual claims, including arbitration and High Court proceedings, arising from the provision of heavy plant and machinery in the marine, propulsion technology and defence aerospace fields

Initial advice to a US marine contracting corporation on potential arbitration proceedings in connection with a contract for the provision of floating accommodation to a project in Central Europe

TRANSPORT AND ROADS

Representing the Employer in an ICC Arbitration relating to claims by the Contractor on a road project in Poland

Advice relating to the provision of engineering services for the Jubilee and Northern Lines upgrade project

Carrying out a detailed review of the legal basis for removal of vehicles and loads from the strategic road network

Review of the contractual provisions for the proposed A303 Stonehenge Tunnel project

Representing the contractor in arbitration proceedings arising from the construction of a motorway in the South of England

Dealing with disputes arising from the construction of a substantial transport interchange in the North of England


PROCESS PLANTS

Advising on a DBO contract for the provision of a paint production facility in Saudi Arabia

Conducting an arbitration against a UK Design and Build contractor arising from the provision of a fertiliser plant in Latin America

Representing the contractor in arbitration proceedings arising from the construction of a cement factory in Nigeria

Acting on behalf of turnkey contractors in substantial disputes relating to a block producing facility in the UK

Representing the owner of a mineral and process handling plant in disputes with the turnkey contractor, including an arbitration on preliminary issues, involving issues of delay and defective design/workmanship

Acting for an EPC contractor in disputes with the employer regarding the construction of a polyethylene plant


RETAIL

Handling litigation and adjudications on behalf of an employer arising from performance and quality issues on a contract for the refurbishment of a shopping centre near Birmingham, England

Advice to a main contractor relating to cost overruns on the construction of a shopping centre in North London

Contractual advice for a major package contractor regarding the construction of shopping centres in Glasgow, Scotland and Birmingham

Dealing with litigation regarding a contract for the provision of fire protection at a shopping centre in Glasgow, Scotland

HOSPITALS/MEDICAL

Dealing on behalf of a US corporation with the negotiation of contracts with the UK supplier for the design, manufacture and supply of equipment for hyperbaric chambers

Acting for architects in disputes concerning the design of a hospital in Northern England

Acting for a sub-contractor in a dispute with the main contractor under a PFI contract for the refurbishment of a central London hospital

Representing the main contractor in disputes with an NHS trust regarding a PFI contract for the extension of a hospital in South East England

DEFENCE PROJECTS

Representation over a period in excess of 5 years on behalf of a US corporation in three large arbitrations with the UK Government relating to the design, procurement, supply and installation of simulation equipment to be used for military training purposes.


COMMERCIAL/HOTELS

Representing sub-contractor in claims in arbitration against main contractor arising from the construction of a prison in the UK

Representing main contractors in claims against a worldwide hotel operator arising from the refurbishment of a hotel in London

Acting for a hotel operator in a dispute with the main contractor regarding the construction of a hotel in central London

Handling a number of disputes for a sub-contractor relating to commercial buildings in the UK, mainly regarding quality and performance issues, including both adjudication and arbitration proceedings

Representing an Irish contractor in a dispute with a main contractor regarding the construction of an office block on the Isle of Man

Representing the owner of a large storage facility in multi party arbitration proceedings against the contractor and professional team relating to defects in the facility

Representing a local authority in disputes with the contractor and the architect on a project for the refurbishment of a leisure centre

Acting for contractors in a number of matters relating to commercial and residential developments, including disputes with developers and sub-contractors

Representing developers in a dispute with sellers of land regarding overage payments

Acting for property developers in disputes with sellers of land relating to work undertaken by statutory undertakers

Representing developers in connection with arbitration proceedings against sellers regarding the terms of the Development Agreement


GENERAL

Acting for buyers and sellers of commodities (e.g. sugar, grain, metals) in several arbitrations arising from defects in quality and/or late delivery

Representing property and adjoining owners in matters relating to the Party Wall Act and regarding rights of light issues


LECTURES AND PAPERS DELIVERED

Has delivered many conference papers on construction and arbitration topics, particularly regarding Dispute Boards, dispute avoidance and resolution

Has lectured extensively on the FIDIC forms of contract


PUBLICATIONS

Mediation and Dispute Boards – Institution of Civil Engineers Journal, 2009

Introduction to new CIArb Guidelines – Arbitration, May 2010

How to choose a Mediator – CIArb Resolver, November 2010

Statutory Adjudication in the UK: Past, Present and Future – Netherlands Mediation and Conflict Management Journal, December 2012

Recent Developments in United Kingdom Adjudication: A Focus on Natural Justice – Newsletter of the Malaysian Society of Adjudicators, Volume 1, issue 1, January-June 2014