BRG Appoints Construction Expert as Industry Disputes Grow
BRG today announces the appointment of Gary Blackburn as a London-based Managing Director in the firm's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Construction practice, where he will advise on disputes in the construction and engineering industries.
Blackburn is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor who has three decades of experience leading resource analysis projects for building, infrastructure, engineering, oil and gas, shipping and utilities projects. He focusses on both expert witness and advisory services as a practicing quantum and delay expert for a wide range of construction and engineering disputes in arbitration, litigation, mediation and adjudication both in the UK and internationally. He also has extensive knowledge of the analysis, preparation, defence and negotiation of construction and engineering claims.
Blackburn joins BRG from a design, engineering and management consultancy, where he had been a partner/director since 2015. Before this, he spent eight years as vice president and executive director at a construction consultancy specialising in managing construction risk and providing expert services.
Blackburn joins an international practice at BRG focused specifically on international arbitration and other disputes in construction, led by Managing Director Michael Kenyon in Dubai, which now includes six specialist experts and nine professionals across offices in the Middle East and London.
Kenyon commented, “We’ve been growing our client footprint over the past year, and so this is the perfect time to recruit someone of Gary's calibre and to expand our capability in the UK. His understanding of the intricacies of construction and engineering issues will be a huge asset to our practice and our clients”.
“I joined BRG because of the strength of the firm’s people, the existing track record in international arbitration generally and because there is a real opportunity for growing a strong construction-focused team here in London that cannot be found elsewhere in the market”, said Blackburn. “BRG’s practice has the potential to disrupt the old names in the industry, and the firm’s London office acts as a natural centre for our clients across EMEA”.
Blackburn is also a fellow of the Royal Institution Chartered Surveyors and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.