Derek is a practising Barrister, Chartered Arbitrator, Adjudicator Mediator and Expert Determiner as well as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor.
His career in the construction industry has spanned over thirty years working for contracting and consultancy organisations in the UK and overseas including the USA, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and in Saudi Arabia with French, Italian and Korean contractors.
Derek’s early experience in the architectural field included eight years spent in the planning, design and on and off-site supervision of major housing schemes. This was followed by a career move into quantity surveying, firstly in housing, but later and more predominantly into the industrial and commercial sectors.
His contracting experience with major UK and French international building and civil engineering companies was broad and he advised UK design and build contractors and specialist structural steelwork companies, on contracts with values in excess of £1,500 million.
Derek’s consultancy experience included the management and resolution of construction and civil and mechanical engineering disputes by negotiation, mediation, conciliation, adjudication, litigation and arbitration, with disputed amounts in excess of £40 million.
Derek has prepared Expert Reports on behalf of clients in contemplation of litigation and arbitration. He has acted as an expert witness in construction disputes on multi-million pound quantum matters and planning inquiries and been subject to cross-examination by Counsel in arbitration and the TCC.
Derek’s broad based construction experience adds value for Solicitor and lay clients in that he is able to quickly assess the quality of the evidence of both factual and expert witnesses at an early stage of the dispute. His experience means that he is an accomplished strategist in all aspects of construction disputes.
Derek has been practising as an arbitrator for 25 years and has published approximately 100 Awards. Recent appointments include SGL Carbon Fibers Ltd v RBG Ltd  CSOH 19.
Derek has been appointed as Adjudicator and published Decisions on over 150 adjudications with values extending to several million pounds. Derek also chairs RICS panels assessing adjudicators to become members of the RICS President’s panel of adjudicators.
Derek was instructed as an Expert on behalf of Motherwell Bridge in the TCC case of Motherwell Bridge Ltd v Micafil Vacuumtechnik.