FIDIC Adjudicators Search - Dr. Cyril Chern

First Name
Last Name
Global Regions
East Asia & Pacific, Europe & Central Asia, Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East & North Africa, North America, South Asia
Country Residence
United Kingdom
Educational Qualifications
BArch (Hons) Architecture & Engineering, 1969
Juris Doctor (JD), 1972
Professional qualifications
The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, Barrister at Law, England & Wales
Chartered Architect
Chartered Arbitrator
Accredited Mediator
Accredited Adjudicator
The Bar of the United States Supreme Court
The California Bar
Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Member, Royal Institute of British Architects
Fellow, Centre for International Legal Studies, Austria
Ten years California Superior Court – Judge Pro Tem
Dispute Board Trainer, ICC and FIDIC rules and procedures
Member, Civil Mediation Committee
Member ,Society of Construction Arbitrators
Member, Association of Consulting Engineers, United Kingdom
Current employment status
Availability, 2 weeks
Particular technical expertise
Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Geotechnics and foundations, Infrastructure, Railways, Bridges, Lawyer, Manufacturing and Process Plant, Marine Civil Engineering, Metro railway and stations, Natural gas and LNG Facilities, Pipelines, Power / Energy, Tunnels and Shafts, Waste Treatment and Pumping Plant
English, French, German, Russian, Spanish
Present position
Barrister at Law, Crown Office Chambers
Positions held
Director, Clinton & Clinton & Chern, London, 1998 - 2000.
Director Turner Development and Turner Marine & Shipping, Hong Kong, 1993-98.
Judge Pro Tem, California Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles, 1983-93.
Partner, Chern & Culver (later merged into Musick, Peeler & Garrett) responsibility for China, Japan, Mexico, South America, 1975-83.
Partner, PA & D Hospital Design/Construction Firm - Hospital Projects, Tehran & Isfahan, Iran, 1972- 75.
Head Designer, Albert C. Martin & Associates, Architects, 1970-72.
Dispute resolution experience
Acting as arbitrator, in excess of 550 construction references (United Kingdom, USA , Canada, Hong Kong, South America, Middle East , China , Japan ) under institutional and ad hoc procedures. These disputes include main contract, subcontract and professional services disputes involving amounts up to US$275m arising under traditional, design/build and concession contracts. No decisions overturned on appeal. Served as sole arbitrator and on tribunals (as party-appointed member and chairman) under ICE, ICC, AAA, Uncitral, LCIA and ad hoc arbitration procedures.

Acting as adjudicator (including, in particular, service on Dispute Resolution Boards, DRB, DAB, CDB), over 150 decisions given (United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China, India, Pakistan, Japan, South America, and elsewhere). Served as member (12) and chairman (30) on forty two dispute resolution boards for contracts covering traditional, design and construct, and turnkey contracts, with 85 decisions given under United Kingdom statutory adjudication schemes. No decision overturned at arbitration.

Experienced as to World Bank/FIDIC conditions, Construction Act 1996, statutory schemes and associated amendments to standard form contracts. Experience in drafting contractual provisions and procedures for arbitration, adjudication and dispute boards. Author and

Editor of Emden ’s Construction Law - ADR and Dispute Boards.

Acting as mediator/conciliator, approximately 275 complex construction disputes of which all were settled as a direct result of the mediation/conciliation process. Teacher and lecturer on Mediation for the Bar Council of England & Wales Acting as Barrister and party representative in court as well as in dispute resolution proceedings and as lead negotiator with objective of reaching amicable settlements of disputes and differences.
Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Pakistan, United States
Other panel listings
Emden’s Construction Law – ADR and DisputeBoards published by Butterworth’s LexisNexis,London.
Chern on Dispute Boards, Blackwells, 2007