East Anglia Branch Committee

Dr Al Jarratt Eur Ing CEng CMngr FICE FCIHT FCMI FCIArb MAE MEWI QDR is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Manager, international commercial mediator and international arbitrator. He is a highly experienced and accredited tribunal in the UK and abroad. A well-known speaker at national and regional professional events. He has written numerous papers in various publications including the CIArb Book of Proceedings, the Structural Engineer, Management, Procurement and Law. He also refereed and reviewed books on arbitration, FIDIC and other forms of contract.

Dr Jarratt is a past member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the international Management, Procurement and Law journal and a past Member of the Chartered Management Institute’s Board, eastern region. He is a Professional Reviewer and a Professional Assessor of aspiring members for two chartered institutions. He is on the major mediation panels in the UK and many internationally and frequently comes up top in online searches for mediators.

Dr Jarratt has mentored aspiring mediators and arbitrators and allowed both to attend mediations and arbitration hearings as observers. He advised/featured in the technical press and various periodicals including New Builder, Ideal Homes and Reader’s Digest.

Kevin Blatch DipSurv LLM CEng FCInstCES FCIArb FRICS FCIOB has been in construction since 1974, of which 30 years were spent working for Contractors in various commercial and management roles. The remaining years as a consultant specialising in ADR and dispute avoidance. Kevin is a founder Member (partner) of Edge Consult (UK) LLP, a specialist construction consultant, based in Suffolk, but working both nationally and internationally.

He is a member on both the regional CIArb and CICES committees. He is an accredited examiner for CEng applicants and professional interview panel member for the CICES.

A multi-disciplined professional, a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Construction Claims Consultant with 39 years of experience. An expert in the management, measurement and valuation of all aspects of construction and civil engineering works.

Working with Employers, Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Engineers, Contractors, Subcontractors, Solicitors and Barristers; familiar with all aspects of ADR and the Technology & Construction Court.

John Hinchliffe is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Project Manager and Capital Programme Manager. He is experienced as an arbitrator, adjudicator, expert witness and a CEDR accredited mediator. Over 40 years’ experience as a quantity surveyor and over 30 years’ experience as a project manager he has dealt with both Quantum disputes and Professional Negligence disputes concerning Surveyors and Project Managers. For 6 years, a member of the RICS Fellowship Assessment Panel for Quantity Surveyors and Project Managers and for 4 years, a member of the RICS International Dispute Resolution Faculty Board.

John served for two terms on the RICS Governing Council and for two years as the chairman of the East Anglia Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. John has held senior management positions in both the public and private sector.

Michael BSc LLM Dip Arb CEng FCIOB FCIArb FCMI FRSA is a Chartered Engineer, Arbitrator, Mediator. He has acted for employers, developers and contractors in facilitating the successful delivery of a number of landmark engineering and construction projects, and during the past 35 years has held senior board positions within international blue chip property development and construction corporations. He has advised UK Central Civil Government and separately acted for a number of International organisations, in connection with major capital works procurement.

Experience extends to 40 years in the assembly and management of construction contracts, and regularly conducts training workshops in all aspects of contract administration and problem solving.

Alison is a construction disputes lawyer with over 30 years’ experience. She is a Senior Legal Adviser with Mills & Reeve LLP. She has acted for clients in a number of domestic arbitrations over the years.

Alison acted for clients in adjudications and mediations and speaks on the subject of construction generally.

Lee Kyson MSc (Construction Law &DR), FCIArb, MCIOB, AssocRICS; CSCS Black Card (site manager), CSCS Gold Card (advanced craft plastering & rendering). Lee has over 40 years’ ‘hands on’ experience in the construction industry both in the UK and Germany. His background trade is plastering, machine plastering, rendering, floor screeding, drylining, floor and wall tiling, and external wall insulation.

Lee currently works as a party wall surveyor, assists either clients or contractors with disputes and produces reports on the standards of construction work carried out by contractors.

Dr Reynolds is a solicitor and chartered arbitrator, who teaches and researches international arbitration. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics completing research for a historical study on international dispute resolution between sovereign states. He is the Module Director of LLM International Dispute Resolution and Arbitration at BPP University College. He has also taught Jurisprudence, Construction and Engineering Law, Professional Legal Skills and Tort as well as being the PhD House Tutor.

As a solicitor he worked in Westminster and the City, then in local government before returning to private practice. As an arbitrator he has recently presided over two international cases and over 80 other referrals. He has acted in numerous actions in the High Court, on enquiries, arbitrations including the Andover Public Arbitration, and as part of the defence team on a Royal Commission regarding the National Health Service.

He is the author of several professional practice books and numerous articles having formerly been a member of the Editorial Board of Arbitration and then Commissioning Editor of Construction and Engineering Law. Prior to returning to the LSE to write his new book he was a Programme Associate on the Civil Justice Programme at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford. He is a regular contributor to The Company Lawyer. Michael is a member of the Law Society, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the British Institute of Comparative and International Law and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Dave Wenlock FCIArb MRICS is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, and an accredited mediator and construction adjudicator with over 30-years’ experience in the construction industry, having held board level commercial positions in private and PLC contracting organisations. Over the last 10-years Dave has specialised within quantum disputes, complex commercial settlements, and high-value negotiations. He is a company Director of Quantum Ethos Management Services Limited, based in Essex which provides quantum expert and ADR services on a national basis. Working for lawyers, main clients, contractors and sub-contractors during all stages of disputes including representing clients at without prejudice settlement meetings in order to avoid formal proceedings where possible.

Islam Chowdhary, a banker turned Barrister, was called to the Bar in July 1982 from the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and following a stint of 3 years during 1984 – 1987 in Saudi British Bank, Riyadh as legal adviser/credit control manager, returned to practice at the Bar. In December 1987 he joined 9 King’s Bench Walk, Inner Temple, London, EC4. In 1990 he was elected as a joint Head of Chambers with the late Mr. M. Azhar.

In or about February 2002, he moved to Mitre Chambers where he was elected as Head of Chambers and by reason of his commercial background, his main focus in practice remained exclusively on civil matters such as Banking, Arbitration, professional negligence, breaches of contract, property law, trust and equity, charity law and Partnership. Progressing further in his career at the Bar, in 1988 he was selected as a standing Counsel for the biggest banks of Pakistan based in London; namely United Bank, Habib Bank and National Bank of Pakistan until 2003. Since August 2010, Islam became sole practitioner practising as Cassian Chambers and also a door tenant at Article 6 Chambers, 2 King’s Bench Walk, Temple since 2018. He is also a member of Professional Negligence Bar Association of the Bar.

In 2002, the chair of an education charity, Muslim Care based in East London (now in Park Royal, NW10) invited Islam to join the charity as a Trustee and since then he has an active member of the Board of Trustees. In 2016, with his professional assistance the charity moved further and became a charitable incorporated organisation and he has been named as the primary contact for the charity with the Charity Commission of England and Wales.

In addition, Islam is an active member of the executive committee of his local mosque since August 2016 and where he offers free advice to members on Thursday evenings. He has been made MBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday’s Honours List 2020.

Louise Hall FCIArb MICE, is an independent commercial advisor, with 15 years' experience in the construction industry. Louise’s primary focus is on dispute avoidance, with a varied practical background enabling her to successfully guide clients and contractors through the procurement, contract establishment and delivery phases of projects. She specialises in the NEC suite of contracts, and has particular experience applying these to large government projects and frameworks.

Louise is a graduate of the renowned King’s College London ‘Construction Law and Dispute Resolution’ Masters course and a pupil of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators.