Robert Sliwinski

Robert Sliwinski is a Barrister, Chartered Arbitrator, Accredited Adjudicator and Mediator, Quantity Surveyor and Dispute Board Member. 

Robert has over 35 years’ experience of the construction industry with particular emphasis on all forms of alternative dispute resolution. After 12 years as a quantity surveyor Robert entered the Bar dealing with civil, landlord & tenant, property and construction law issues whilst also undertaking arbitration and adjudication disputes as the neutral. He also practised as a solicitor for six years specialising in civil, landlord & tenant, property and construction law and dispute resolution. He returned to the full- time Bar in the UK in 2011 and is now a senior partner with Kochhar & Co Inc in Dubai specialising in all aspects of the property and construction industry representing parties as well as undertaking appointments as arbitrator, adjudicator, expert determiner, mediator and dispute board member. 

As an arbitrator Robert has been involved in cases in both the UK and internationally concerning professional negligence, property, landlord & tenant, delay analysis, costs, variations, defects, interpretation of contracts, repudiation, and many other aspects of contract in the areas of building, civil engineering, mechanical & electrical, waste water treatment and process engineering. He has most recently been joint arbitrator on a multi- million-dollar case between a joint venture contractor and national government in a dispute involving the construction of an airport runway and as a member of an ICC panel arbitration also between a joint venture and a national government involving the construction of a major road project. ArbDB Chambers International Dispute Resolution Centre, 70 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1EU T +44 (0) 20 3514 9020 F +44 (0) 20 3514 9021 (*Associate Office) Suite 1401-02, Al Moosa Tower 1, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Bangunan Sulaiman, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ArbDB Limited is registered in England – Company No. 07498754. 


In the field of UK adjudication Robert has received over 400 appointments from the CIArb, CIC, AICA, CEDR, RICS and by private appointment. The disputes referred have covered all aspects of construction including professional negligence, delay analysis, costs, defects, interpretation of contracts, repudiation and all other aspects of contract in the areas of building, civil engineering, mechanical & electrical, wastewater and process engineering. 

Robert’s work as an expert determiner has included final account, cost and variation disputes for projects including hospitals, office developments as well as mechanical & electrical services, civil engineering, development agreements and partnership agreements. 

In the mediation arena Robert has acted as party representative as well as Mediator in a wide range of issues including construction, professional negligence, contract, development agreements and landlord & tenant. 

Robert is also qualified and trained as a dispute board member and has a thorough knowledge of the FIDIC and ICC provisions. He is a professional member of the Dispute Board Federation. Robert has been appointed by FIDIC and is able to undertake dispute board appointments throughout the world in the areas of construction, engineering, wastewater and process engineering. 

In deciding disputes covering large numbers of complex issues, (for example Variation Accounts involving 100s of individual items) Robert has worked closely with the parties and/or their experts so that fully functioning Scott Schedules can be used. This allows the parties to understand each decision made and the effect on the overall account/dispute. 

Robert’s work as a neutral dispute resolver has taken him across the world including the Middle East (Dubai & Kuwait), the USA and Caribbean, Europe and Cyprus. He also has knowledge and experience of the contracting and dispute processes within the United Arab Emirates, Africa and the Far East (Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia). 



The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 

Associate, elected 1994 

Fellow, elected 2001 

Chartered Arbitrator, 2008 Panel of Adjudicators Panel of Arbitrators Accredited Mediator 

Panel of Property Dispute Service 

The Council of Legal Education – The Inns of Court School of Law 

Vocational Training for the Bar, gained July 1990 

The Honourable Society of Middle Temple 

Called to the Bar 1990 

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (1987 to 2018) 


Panel of Adjudicators Accredited Mediator Panel of Mediators Dispute Board Register 

Member of the Conflict’s Avoidance Panel for Transport for London Accredited ACRE Mediator 

New York State Board of Bar Examiners 

Bar Examinations, gained July 1997 

New York State Bar (USA) 

Attorney, admitted to the Bar 1998 

The Construction Industry Council 

Panel of Adjudicators 


The Law Society (2004 to 2010) 

Solicitor, admitted 2004 

Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce 

Fellow, elected 2005 

Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution 

Fellow, elected 2018 

Accredited International Arbitrator 

Panel of Arbitrators 

Dispute Resolution Board Foundation 

Dispute Board Training 

Professional Member, admitted 2005 

Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution

CEDR Accredited Mediator

CEDR Panel of Adjudicators 

London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) 


List of Arbitrators 

Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) 

List of Arbitrators 


List of Arbitrators 

Dubai International Arbitration Centre 

Panel of Arbitrators 

Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration 

Panel of Arbitrators 


Saudi Centre for Commercial Arbitration 

Roster of Arbitrators Roster of Mediators 

Technology and Construction Solicitors Association 

Panel of Adjudicators 

Federation Internationale des Ingenieurs-Conseils International (FIDIC) 

President’s List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators 

Technology and Construction Bar Association 


UK Adjudicators 

Panel of Dispute Board Members

Panel of Adjudicators 


1978 - 1981 MCBAINS Quantity Surveyors, London General quantity surveying duties. 

1984 - 1986 SILK & FRAZIER Chartered Quantity Surveyors, London 

Working as assistant to an Associate Partner. Work involved detailed measurement, estimates, negotiating variation and final accounts and on site measurement and valuation. 

1986 - 1988 WEBB & TAPLEY Chartered Quantity Surveyors, London 

Assistant quantity surveyor progressing to senior quantity surveyor reporting to Partners and Associate Partners. Providing both pre and post contract services including new build, renovation and refurbishment projects. The work also involved working with and training junior quantity surveyors. 

1988 - 1990   JAMES R KNOWLES, London 

Appointed as a senior consultant dealing with all aspects of dispute resolution, construction contract advice and the organisation of contractual administration. Advising on and compilation of financial claims along with extension of time entitlement for both sub-contractors and main contractors. Preparation of and assisting Counsel in the running of Arbitrations. 

1990 -1991   KEATING CHAMBERS, 10 Essex Street, London 

Construction, Landlord & Tenant, Professional Negligence and Contract Law, including litigation and arbitration whilst under pupillage to Mr V A Ramsey QC. 

1991 - 1993   CHAMBERS OF DONALD GORDON, 3 Temple Gardens, London 

Litigation and arbitration work included Construction, Planning, Professional Negligence, Contract, Landlord & Tenant, Personal Injury, Commercial and Criminal Law. 

1993 - 2000   CHAMBERS OF GEOFFREY HAWKER, 46/48 Essex Street, London 

Advocacy, drafting, negotiation, and advice for litigation and arbitration work in the areas of Construction, Planning, Professional Negligence, Contract and Landlord & Tenant. 

2001 - 2004    ALWAY ASSOCIATES, Banbury, Oxfordshire Director with responsibility for legal services. 

2004 - 2006    WRIGHT HASSALL SOLICITORS, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire Partner and Joint Head of Construction Department. 

2006 - 2011     SWL DISPUTE RESOLUTION, Loudwater, Buckinghamshire Principle. 


2011 to date    SWL CHAMBERS, 25 Southampton Buildings, London Barrister. 

2018 to date    KOCHHAR & CO INC. Citadel Tower, Suite 1410, Business Bay, P.O.Box 113297, Dubai – UAE 

                        Senior Partner. 

Undertakes all aspects of dispute resolution undertaken including Arbitration, Adjudication, Expert Determiner, Mediation, Dispute Resolution Boards, Litigation and Advocacy. Accepts appointments as Arbitrator, Expert Determiner, Mediator and Dispute Board Member. 

POSITIONS HELD (* denotes current) 

• Member of the Board of Management, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators* 

• Chairman Panels Management Group, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators* 

• Chairman Thames Valley Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 

• Member of the Inns of Court Disciplinary Panel 

• Committee Member, Construction ARBRIX 

• Chairman of Membership Committee, Worshipful Company of Arbitrators 

• Freeman, Liveryman & Court Assistant, Worshipful Company of Arbitrators* 

• Member, Society of Construction Law (Middle East)* 

• Member, Adjudication Society 



• Bespoke contracts for main contract works, sub-contract works and consultants 

• Framework Agreements 

• Partnering Contracts 

• Development Agreements 


• Robert provides training, seminars and undertakes assessments on international and domestic arbitration, mediation as well as adjudication on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators both in the UK and overseas. 

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