Global asset management consultant Currie & Brown has added mediation to its international range of contract advisory services in the United Arab Emirates.
Director Edward McCluskey, who leads the Group Contract Advisory Services’ team, has been accredited by the internationally-recognised Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) mediator course. He is among a small number of CEDR accredited mediators in the UAE region.
The addition of mediation to the Group’s advisory services comes as construction related disputes in the marketplace are rising. Having recently represented a major UK client in a landmark adjudication case, the team is focused on developing dispute resolution services to clients in the UAE.
"Mediation is an increasingly important means of settling disputes, especially given the high costs and time spent if a case escalates to court or formal arbitration,” commented Edward McCluskey.
“It is vital that we have added this discipline to the range of expertise that we have within the Contract Advisory Service. Clients rely on us to provide high quality advice and support.”
Currie & Brown’s team successfully represented Bell Group during the adjudication case which involved a complex dispute between Bell Group, the UK's largest independent commercial and industrial painting firm, and facilities service company Dalkia. The dispute concerned payment for repair and painting works at 143 railway stations and 22 footbridges across the UK.
Together with the legal representatives, the Contract Advisory Team subsequently secured an award from the adjudicator, granting Bell Group all of its substantive claims, together with associated costs incurred in the adjudication process, and a punitive interest award. The total awarded was £300,000.
.Edward added: “In the case of Bell Group, we enjoyed a resounding victory in what was a very demanding and complex case. This case was particularly unusual in that the adjudicator’s jurisdiction was challenged in court at such a late stage during the process."
Bell Group UK managing director Ian Henderson said: "We appointed Currie & Brown after our negotiations had failed with Dalkia, and were impressed by their determination and by the speed with which they got to grips with such a complex case. We are also grateful to Michael Black QC and Nabarro for their work on our behalf."
About Currie & Brown
Currie & Brown is a global asset management consultancy employing over 1000 people worldwide. The firm is headquartered in London, with regional sites across the UK, and offices throughout Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Americas and associated offices in Africa. Currie & Brown provides specialist expertise and consultancy services to key accounts and clients from four operating service divisions: Project Management, Cost Management, Consulting and Business Consultancy.
In 2009, Currie & Brown was named in the Sunday Times PricewaterhouseCoopers Profit Track 100, in recognition of three years’ profit growth. The Group achieved a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of its achievements in international markets in April, 2009.
About Bell Group UK
Bell Group is the UK's largest independent commercial and industrial painting contractors. Through a gradual programme of expansion they have established a network of 17 branch offices throughout the UK employing over 1100 tradesmen. Bell Group UK is committed to putting customers first, dedicated to delivering professional workmanship, quality and value.