Chris Hewkin

Chris Hewkin
Managing Director

Construction; Commercial & Claims Management; Expert Witness

Chris Hewkin is a Managing Director in Ankura’s Dubai office. He is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with 25 years’ experience specializing in construction disputes and expert witness services. He worked for contracting organizations for a significant portion of that time. For the last eleven years, Chris has specialized as a contract and commercial services consultant acting for client organizations, main contractors, and specialist contractors. He has been based in the Middle East for the last seven years.

  • Experience

    Chris has worked on a wide range of projects in the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, and Europe in the infrastructure, residential, leisure, petrochemical, energy, education, health, and commercial sectors.

    Chris has been involved in several expert commissions and adjudications relating to quantum matters. This has led to his giving evidence to arbitration tribunals and court appointed experts, as well as being subject to cross-examination during proceedings.

    Expert Witness

    • Residential UAE: Appointed as expert witness (quantum) in relation to DIFC-LCIA arbitration on a residential development in Dubai.
    • Mixed Use UAE: Supporting expert witness (quantum) in the preparation of expert report relating to claims made by a contractor against employer relating to the termination of a major project in Abu Dhabi.
    • Infrastructure, KSA: Supporting expert witness (quantum) in the preparation of expert report relating to claims made by a contractor against employer relating to the termination of a major infrastructure project.
    • Industrial UAE: Supporting expert witness (quantum) in the preparation of expert reply report(s) relating to claims made by a contractor against a subcontractor relating to construction of a district cooling plant in Abu Dhabi.
    • Leisure UAE: Appointed as expert witness (quantum) in relation to DIAC arbitration on a five-star hotel in Dubai.
    • Mixed Use UAE: Appointed as expert witness (quantum) in relation to DIAC arbitration on a mixed-use development in Dubai.
    • Residential UAE: Supporting expert witness (quantum) in the preparation of expert report relating to claims made by a contractor against major developer relating to multiple properties.
    • Leisure UK: Supporting expert witness (quantum) in the preparation of expert report relating to claim made by local authority against multiple parties on a new build gallery.
    • Mixed Use UK: Supporting expert witness (quantum) in the preparation of expert report relating to a professional negligence claim made by main contractor against structural engineer.
    • Leisure UK: Supporting expert witness (quantum) in the preparation of expert reports relating to the specialist ground work package on a new build theatre.
      Claims/Commercial Management
    • Major Projects Portfolio UAE: Managed team appointed by major developer to independently appraise claims from main contractors and consultants on major projects portfolio throughout Dubai. This commission was ongoing from 2011 to late 2017.
    • Residential UAE: Appointed by major developer to produce a report for submission to Dubai Court Appointed Experts in relation to claims submitted by a main contractor on major residential development. This included formal presentation to court appointed experts.
    • Airport UAE: Senior member of team appointed by employer to independently appraise claims submitted by a main contractor on four separate airport contracts.
    • Airport UAE: Senior member of team appointed by employer to provide appraisal of claims/arbitration support relating to a major airport terminal development.
    • Airport Oman: Senior member of team appointed by engineer to value prolongation claims on major infrastructure project.
    • Airport UAE: Senior member of team appointed by employer to independently appraise and make recommendations with respect of a claim submitted by a specialist subcontractor.
      Infrastructure Qatar: Appointed by consultant to assist in preparation of claims for variations plus various ad-hoc advice on major infrastructure project.
    • Commercial Kuwait: Retained by main contractor to produce claims for time and money on a refurbishment project and several new-build projects in Kuwait City.
      Various Projects UAE: Retained by main contractor to review and redraft its suite of subcontract and supply contracts.
    • Industrial Russia: Provided commercial and contractual advice in connection with two major specialist packages on a new LNG facility in Russia.
    • Industrial UK: Providing pre and post contract advice to Japanese main contractor relating to their construction of energy from waste facilities in the UK.
    • Arena and Conference Centre UK: Providing commercial and contractual advice to the project team of an international main contractor during the construction of a new arena and conference facility in Liverpool.