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Christian Merrett



Christian Merrett has over twenty-one years of experience in construction engineering, construction management, contract administration, and dispute resolution under various forms of contract. He has led claims teams and provided arbitration support on major disputes with values in excess of US$500 million.

Mr. Merrett’s experience spans across projects located in the United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Iraq, and the United Kingdom. He has worked with contractors, subcontractors, and construction claims consultants. His project experience includes building, civil engineering, and heavy engineering projects. He has undertaken major projects including airports, rail systems (above and below ground), hospitals, marine work, offshore salvage, oil and gas processing, industrial, and high-rise commercial developments.

Mr. Merrett is familiar with FIDIC, NEC3, JCT, and bespoke contract forms used across the United Kingdom and the Middle East. He has received appointments to act as an independent expert adviser and has been appointed to carry out expert determinations.

Mr. Merrett has been appointed as a delay expert and cross-examined by leading international counsel in International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration proceedings. He has undertaken presentations for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and writes articles regularly for associated publications.


Robert Gordon University
LLM Construction Law, Arbitration and Adjudication

University of the West of England
BSc, Construction Engineering and Management (first-class honors) 

Employment History

Diales (Driver Group)
Delay expert
2018 - 2019

Driver Trett (UAE)
2014 - 2019

Driver Trett (Oman)
Associate director
2013 - 2014

Faithful & Gould (KSA)
Planning claims, manager
2012 - 2013

Carey Group
Group planning manager
2010 - 2012

McGee Group
Sen. project manager
2007 - 2010

PC Harrington Ltd
Sen. project manager
2006 - 2007

Scanmoor Group
Sen. project manager
2003 - 2006

Laing O’Rourke (formerly known as O’Rourke Civil Engineering)
Assistant project manager and project manager
1999 - 2003

Carillion (formerly known as Tarmac Special Projects)
Site engineer & section engineer
1997 - 1999



President Shield – For outstanding academic contribution (undergraduate)

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Professional Affiliations

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
Admitted 2018

RICS Nominated Expert Witness
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, 2017