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Schedule and Faculty
8:30 am Registration and Breakfast
9:00 am Welcome
Maximizing the Value of Expert Evidence in International Arbitration
The Young ITA is pleased to invite you to attend an in-person panel discussion with experts Steve Harris, FTI Consulting, and Conrad Bromley, Secretariat, regarding maximizing the value of expert evidence in international arbitration.
Expert evidence can play a significant role in the outcome of an arbitration, so it is vital that we take steps to ensure we are getting the most from our experts. During this session, with the benefit of first-hand experience from two highly respected experts, we shall explore the selection and instruction of experts, the different ways of effectively presenting expert evidence, including the potential benefits of cooperation between experts, and seek to identify some potential pitfalls to avoid when working with experts.
Moderator: Jennifer Paterson, Young ITA Middle East Regional Chair, K&L Gates, Dubai
- Steve Harris, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Steve Harris is a Senior Managing Director in FTI’s Economic and Financial Consulting practice and a chartered accountant. Steve is based in Dubai, having founded FTI’s accounting and valuation expert witness practice in the United Arab Emirates in 2013.
Steve has 17 years’ experience as a forensic accountant, focusing on identifying and quantifying loss in the context of commercial disputes, across a range of industries. His areas of expertise include the identification and valuation of lost profits, cost verification, the valuation of businesses and shareholdings, solving complex accounting issues and financial reporting. Steve has particular experience in the quantification of lost profits arising from delayed or terminated real estate development projects.
Steve has been instructed as expert in ADCCAC, CAS, CRCICA, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, Hong Kong Court, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, SIAC, Swiss Federal Court and UNCITRAL proceedings. He has been consistently listed in the Who’s Who Legal annual surveys of leading international arbitration expert witnesses since 2017. The most recent survey cited clients as praising Mr Harris as “really impressive” and “very knowledgeable and confident in the witness box”.
- Conrad Bromley, Managing Director, Secretariat, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Conrad Bromley is a Managing Director with Secretariat based in Dubai, where he leads their regional quantum expert services team. Conrad is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Chartered Construction Manager, RICS Accredited Expert Witness, RICS Accredited Mediator, and testifying expert witness in quantum with over 20 years’ experience in construction and engineering internationally.
Conrad specialises in matters of quantity surveying practice including the valuation of damages, disruption and loss of productivity, variations, defects, and claims for acceleration and mitigation. He also provides commercial advice on formal dispute resolution, claims preparation and contract administration services for clients across varied sectors, ranging from rail and mass transport to pipelines and marine wharfs.
Conrad is regularly appointed as quantum expert on complex domestic and international construction and engineering projects. Who's Who Legal recognises Mr. Bromley as a Global Leader, where he is described as “…a star quantum expert…[who] works very hard to attain client satisfaction… is diligent and thorough in his work and has lots of experience in the region”.
He is the current Honorary Treasurer of the UAE Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and an occasional arbitrator having been appointed as a Tribunal member by DIFC-LCIA, and as a sole arbitrator on 30+ occasions by ABTA. Conrad is a regular speaker at conferences, webinars, and seminars including as a guest lecturer on the 2021 FIDIC King’s College, London, summer school programme.
10:00 am Networking
10:30 am Adjourn
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