Ben Burley
Senior Director

Construction Delay Expert

Ben Burley is a Senior Director at Ankura, based in Hong Kong. He is an experienced expert, has been appointed as planning expert on over 30 occasions, and been cross-examined in ICC, SIAC, and CIAC Arbitrations.

  • Experience

    He is a forensic delay analyst who assists clients on domestic and international construction and engineering projects or programs of work to avoid, mitigate, and resolve complex disputes. His clients benefit from his extensive forensic delay, planning, programming, and project controls experience. He has developed his skills across a range of key industry sectors including airports, process, off shore oil and gas, rail, civil engineering, industrial, hotels, leisure, commercial office, large mixed-use developments, accommodation, education, custodial, and laboratory projects.

    Ben has been appointed expert witness relating to time, delay, and disruption. He has provided expert reports and oral evidence in support of his opinion to various dispute resolution forums, specifically litigation, arbitration, adjudication, and mediation. In addition to cross-examination, Ben is also experienced in witness conferencing or hot-tubbing.

    A selection of Ben’s engagements includes:

    • High Rise Residential Development, Singapore – Instructed as delay expert by solicitors acting for a Chinese contractor to analyse critical delay in relation to the main contract and sub-contracts. The project was a luxury high rise residential development located in Singapore and involved complex analysis to identify where over 90 weeks of critical delay occurred. Ben provided oral evidence in support of the opinion, including hot-tubbing
    • Giant integrated gas development (IGD) in Abu Dhabi, UAE – Instructed as delay expert by solicitors acting on behalf of an EPC contractor to analyse delays arising during fabrication and erection of pressure storage vessels on a USD$4.7 billion giant integrated gas development (IGD) project being carried out in Abu Dhabi. The issues involved analysis of 95 weeks of critical delay and further disruption to non-critical areas of the project. Ben was cross examined during an arbitration hearing.
    • Manufacturing Facility, Philippines – Instructed as delay expert by solicitors acting for a main contractor to analyse multiple contract packages during construction of a manufacturing facility located in the Philippines. The project was 13 months late with other non-critical packages 23 months in delay. The analysis included critical path analysis of delay to the project and loss of production to other non-critical areas. This matter was finally determined by arbitration and involved a two-week trial where Ben gave oral evidence under cross examination and hot-tubbing in support of the analysis.
    • Mass Transit Rapid, Vietnam – Appointed as expert advisor to provide strategic advice and claims writing to a joint venture contracted to construct a USD$2.1 billion MTR project in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Advised the joint venture on the various forms of delay analysis that could be undertaken and the merits of each. On the same project, Ben was appointed delay expert down the line, in a dispute relating to civil engineering works during construction of 17km of elevated viaduct and 11 stations.
    • Tunneling Project, Hong Kong – Appointed as expert advisor to provide claims analysis and advice to an employer on the merits on the contractor’s claims and engineer’s determinations. The project was delayed by over three years and matters giving rise to delay claims were in relation to construction of both top down and cut and cover tunnel construction.
    • Super Complex Full Field Oil & Gas Development in Abu Dhabi, UAE – Instructed as delay expert by solicitors acting on behalf of a Korean EPC contractor to analyse delay arising as a result of issues within the FEED and preferential engineering. The project was a USD$1.9 billion super complex full field oil and gas development in Abu Dhabi consisting of three main topsides, offshore modification works, an onshore substation, and subsea cabling. The engineering issues resulted in the weight increasing by over 60%, with claim values exceeding USD$1 billion. The weight increase caused delays in engineering, fabrication, and also offshore installation and hook up.

  • Honors & awards

    • Who’s Who Legal says: Ben Burley is ‘diligent, proactive and efficient’, and ‘is on top of every detail in complicated cases’, opine interviewees, who also note that he ‘communicates with clients very well’.

  • News & events