Dispute and Arbitration

Dispute and arbitration specialists provide services that assist clients in avoiding, mitigating and resolving construction disputes. They will be used when a dispute is anticipated or arisen and when the parties involved in a contract need to reach agreement.

Practice Area Dispute and Arbitration
What skills are required?
  • Good written and presentation skills
  • Ability to analyse information and handle large amounts of data
  • IT skills
  • Communication and client skills
  • Planning and organisation
  • Ability to manage complex construction projects
  • Ability to work with other experts and specialists
  • An interest in in dispute resolution, legal services, claims, arbitration and expert witness work.
What qualifications are required?

An RICS accredited degree, usually in quantity surveying or construction management areas.

Chartered status with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) and or chartered membership of the Chartered Institute of Building.

What is it like in practice?

Professionals in this specialism provide dispute resolution services across all sectors of the land, property and built environment.

Work includes advocacy, expert witness, adjudicate disputes in construction contracts and expert witness work.  Work is often client based, although you may represent your own employer in the negotiation process. Work can be domestic or international.

You will be collecting, analysing, summarising and reporting back on a range of data, working with other professionals and clients. You may need to present evidence in a legal setting such as a court or legal panel as well as travelling to sites and meetings.

Work Environment You can expect to be mainly office based, although you may need to visit sites too. Although usual office hours apply, projects may require flexibility and travel to sites and projects both domestic and international.
Employment opportunities Employers include construction companies and specialist consultancies.  Most people in this area have a background in quantity surveying or construction management although entry level jobs do exist.
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Relevant UCEM programmes

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

MSc Quantity Surveying

BSc (Hons) Construction Management

MSc Construction Management

You might like this role if you enjoy:

  • Using verbal, written and maths skills to negotiate
  • Working with different people and teams such as clients, contractors and specialists

See more skills used by dispute and arbitration specialists:

  • Analysing and identifying patterns in data
  • Researching and explaining data
  • Doing deals and making transactions