FIDIC Adjudicator Details

International Client Manager

Siobhan  Fahey

  Country of residence: Ireland

  Citizenship: Irish



Countries with experience

Other countries with experience:

Global regions

  • East Asia
  • East Europe
  • West Europe
  • Middle East

Languages spoken

  • English

Construction contract experience

  • Construction Contract, 1st Ed (1999 Red Book)
  • Construction Contract, MDB Harmonised Ed, June 2010
  • Plant & Design-Build Contract, 1st Ed (1999 Yellow Book)

Consultancy contract experience

  • Not applicable - none of the above

Specialist contract experience

  • Not applicable - none of the above

Other contract experience

  • Extensive experience of giving expert advice and training on the use and management of
  • and dispute avoidance and resolution under
  • FIDIC works contracts 1999 and 2017

CV - Services offered

  • Arbitration
  • Adjudication
  • Mediation
  • Conciliation
  • Facilitator
  • Contract Expert/specialist

Technical expertise

  • Airports - terminals and support
  • Building - commercial
  • Building - industrial
  • Civil Engineering - Site Investigation
  • Civil Engineering - Foundations and Subsidence/Settlement
  • Civil Engineering - Land Drainage & Dewatering
  • Civil Engineering - River & Flood Control
  • Civil Engineering - Tunnelling and piling
  • Civil Engineering - Retaining Walls
  • Civil Engineering - Dams and reservoirs
  • Civil Engineering - other
  • Construction law
  • Geotechnics and foundations
  • Energy & Power - Fossil Fuel Systems
  • Energy & Power - Hydro Systems
  • Infrastructure, Railways, Bridges
  • Marine and ports
  • Metro railway and stations
  • Road and highways - Planning, Layout and Design
  • Road and highways - bridges and car parks
  • Road and highways - other
  • Rail - Track Engineering and Construction
  • Waste Disposal - Solid Waste Management
  • Water - drainage and sewerage
  • Water - Water Supply
  • Water - Water Treatment
  • Water - Sewerage
  • Water - Sewage Treatment
  • Water - Flooding and Drainage
  • Waste Water - Treatment and Pumping Plant
  • Waster Water - treatment/distribution
  • Claims and variations

  • Extension of time
  • Defects
  • Failure investigations
  • Flood damage
  • Technical issues

Short summary experiences

Having acted as Chair and member of ad-hoc DABs (in Eastern Europe and the Middle East), together with acting as Sole Arbitrator (on 8 occasions) and sole Adjudicator for statutory and contractual adjudications (on 3 occasions), I am experienced in the careful and real-time management of the parties and of the dispute resolution procedures so as reach a decision or award within strict contractually specified time limits. _x000D_My experience of participating on the ad-hoc DABs referred to above has also given me an appreciation of the importance of close collaboration and a good working relationship between DAB members, particularly where the 3 members originate from different cultural and/or professional backgrounds. _x000D_Similarly, my international experience acting on DABs (together with the international experience I have gained around the world as a consultant/expert and trainer on contracts based on FIDIC contracts) means that I have developed the ability to deal positively with individuals from different cultural backgrounds and from both legal and engineering backgrounds. _x000D_My extensive experience acting as sole Conciliator (on nearly 30 occasions) of construction disputes, many of which have been high-value and high-profile, has made me a good and effective evaluative mediator of construction disputes of different complexities. The vast majority of these disputes were settled during the mediation phase of the Conciliation. Similarly, on the 2 occasions I acted as Mediator, the disputes were settled and resolved under my facilitation. _x000D_I have found that this mediation experience has stood me in very good stead in helping the parties to avoid any potential disputes, and pro-actively encouraging the parties to engage in dispute avoidance, during my work as a member of the 3-member standing DAB referred to above (for a c. 5 year project in Western Europe).

Position and experience

Acredited mediator: Yes
Acredited arbitrator: Yes

Employment status:
Present position: 2004 – present: full-time independent dispute resolution practitioner, Dungarvan, Ireland
Previous positions: 1999 – 2004: in-house Contracts Advisor, the Railway Procurement Agency (formerly C.I.E.), Dublin, Ireland, 1999: contracts consultant, Staveley & Partners, Dublin, Ireland, 1998 – 1999: contracts consultant, James R. Knowles Ltd., Hong Kong, 1995 – 1998: claims & disputes resident engineer, Mott MacDonald Ltd., Hong Kong, 1993 – 1995: section engineer and project manager, Mouchel Asia Ltd., Hong Kong, 1989 – 1993: design engineer, L.G. Mouchel & Partners Ltd., Bath, UK, , , ,


  • Chair of 3-member ad-hoc DAB for highways dispute
  • Eastern Europe
  • Member of 3-member ad-hoc DAB for airport construction dispute
  • Middle East
  • Member of 3-member ad-hoc DAB for second airport construction disput
  • Middle East
  • Member of 3-member standing DAB for building construction project
  • Western Europe
  • Sole Conciliator on 28 civil engineering and building disputes
  • Ireland
  • Sole Arbitrator on 8 civil engineering and building disputes
  • Ireland
  • Sole Adjudicator for adjudication of civil engineering dispute
  • Ireland
  • Sole Adjudicator on 2 occasions for statutory adjudication of building disputes
  • Ireland
  • Sole Mediator of 5-party building construction dispute
  • Ireland
  • Sole Mediator of airport construction dispute
  • Ireland


  • Chartered Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers UK since 1996
  • Chartered Member of Engineers Ireland since 2006
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 2007
  • Chartered Arbitrator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 009
  • Registered Consulting Engineer with the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland since 2009
  • Professional Member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation since 2015
  • Arbitrator of the Society of Construction Arbitrators 2019
  • Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR since 2018

Panel listings

  • FIDIC President’s List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Panel of Arbitrators
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Irish Branch) Panel of Adjudicators
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Irish Branch) Panel of Mediators
  • Chair of the Dispute Resolution Board of Engineers Ireland
  • Engineers Ireland Panel of Arbitrators
  • Engineers Ireland Panel of Adjudicators
  • Engineers Ireland Panel of Conciliators
  • Law Society of Ireland Panel of Arbitrators

Qualifications, jurisdiction and discipline

  • BA
  • BAI (Hons) Civil/Structural Engineering
  • Trinity College Dublin 1989
  • LLB (Hons) Bachelor of Laws
  • University of Wolverhampton 1997
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arbitration
  • College of Estate Management Reading 2000
  • Accredited Mediator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 2011
  • FIDIC International Accredited Trainer: Module 1 - 2012
  • FIDIC International Accredited Trainer: Module 2 - 2013
  • CIArb Accredited Adjudicator (Republic of Ireland) 2014
  • FIDIC President’s List Adjudicator 2016