Mr Philip Loots

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BComm, LLB, PMB and Executive Negotiation Program, Harvard Business School

Philip Loots is an international construction lawyer with over 40 years’ experience in all facets of construction contracts and risk management, including infrastructure, mining and energy. He has been closely involved with the development and application of the FIDIC contacts, and with the advancement of construction contracts through the International Bar Association. Philip is a registered statutory adjudicator in Western Australia and in the Northern Territory, and has been appointed mediator and arbitrator in numerous construction matters.

He has extensive experience in mining and mega-oil and gas projects in Australia involving both onshore and marine construction, and is a leader in dispute avoidance and dispute resolution. His aim with this work is that it may go in some measure towards reducing the number of misunderstandings and disputes that arise in the project delivery process in Australia. He is Associate Adjunct Professor at UWA Centre for Mining, Energy and Resources Law and is a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.

Philip has written many articles and given presentations on various aspects of construction law and dispute avoidance and resolution. He is joint author with Donald Charrett of Practical Guide to Engineering and Construction Contracts (2009).

In 2014 Philip Loots established Loots&Charrett Pty Ltd with Donald Charrett to conduct training courses on the application and use of contracts in the inception, design, construction and operation of projects.

Philip’s CV can be downloaded here.

Dr Donald Charrett

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BE(Hons), LLB(Hons), MConstLaw, DipLPSE, PhD, ProfCertArb, DipIntArb, FIEAust, FCIArb

Dr Charrett is a barrister, arbitrator and mediator, practicing in technology, engineering and construction (TEC) disputes. Prior to joining the Victorian Bar, he worked as a solicitor at a large Australian law firm. His construction law briefs have included litigation, mediation, expert determination, facilitation of experts’ conferences, arbitration and membership of dispute boards. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the FIDIC President’s List of Adjudicators, an accredited FIDIC trainer, and was the first chairman of Melbourne TEC Chambers, a “virtual” chambers of barristers practising in TEC law.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, he worked as an engineer for over 30 years, including 12 years as a director of a consulting engineering firm. Dr Charrett’s engineering experience included computer applications, structural design, managing engineering projects, acting as an expert witness, and management roles in contract negotiation and administration, insurance, international joint ventures and corporate restructuring. From 2012 – 2014 he was non-executive chairman of the Australian consulting engineering company AMOG.

Dr Charrett has published widely on legal and engineering subjects, and has presented conference papers, workshops and training courses in Australia and internationally. His legal publications include articles on expert evidence, FIDIC contracts, dispute boards, dispute avoidance, contract risk, forensic engineering, contractual lessons from past projects, design and construct contracts, quantum meruit, solidary liability, professional indemnity insurance and reinsurance. He is joint author with Philip Loots of Practical Guide to Engineering and Construction Contracts (2009).

Donald’s CV can be downloaded here.