FIDIC Adjudicator Details

International Client Manager

Donald  Charrett

  Country of residence: Australia

  Citizenship: Australia


Countries with experience

Other countries with experience:

Global regions

  • Pacific

Languages spoken

  • English

Construction contract experience

  • Construction Contract, MDB Harmonised Ed, June 2010
  • EPC/Turnkey Contract 2nd Ed (2017 Silver Book)

Consultancy contract experience

  • Not applicable - none of the above

Specialist contract experience

  • Not applicable - none of the above

Other contract experience

  • Provided training on FIDIC contracts in (Australia; New Zealand; Qatar: Singapore; South Africa; Hong Kong; Indonesia; England; Korea - international Zoom seminars
  • Presented conference papers at a number of FIDIC Contract Users; Conferences in England; Singapore; Hong Kong; China; Abu Dhabi
  • Edited and wrote chapters in 5 books on the application of FIDIC contracts in 54 countries

CV - Services offered

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

Technical expertise

  • Building - domestic
  • Building - commercial
  • Building - industrial
  • Civil Engineering - Foundations and Subsidence/Settlement
  • Construction law
  • Infrastructure, Railways, Bridges
  • Marine and ports
  • Metro railway and stations
  • Road and highways - Planning, Layout and Design
  • Road and highways - bridges and car parks
  • Rail - Track Engineering and Construction
  • Water - Water Treatment
  • Claims and variations

  • Extension of time
  • Project scheduling
  • Defects
  • Failure investigations
  • Technical issues

Short summary experiences

oOne-person Dispute Avoidance Board on a design and construct contract for a major highway bridge oChair of Dispute Avoidance Board appointed to a design and construct contract for a major highway upgrade oOne-person Dispute Board appointed under FIDIC MDB Contract to adjudicate on a number of disputes on a bridge construction project in a Pacific country oOne-person Dispute Adjudication Board appointed under FIDIC Silver Book to adjudicate on a number of disputes on an EPC project in Africa oMember of Dispute Resolution Board on a train stabling project oChair of Neutral Evaluation Panel to recommend resolution of disputes over time extension claims on a large resource project oSole Arbitrator of disputes, including: extensions of time on a construction project in a Pacific country; a settlement agreement; a sound wall on a highway; a tennis court; consultancy services for a cogeneration plant; additional costs claimed as a consequence of Engineer’s instruction during construction of a bridge oJoint Arbitrator of payment dispute in respect of material supplied for construction of a building oCounsel in a stop clock arbitration of a complex dispute on an oil and gas project involving an offshore platform, onshore gas plant and pipelines, involving preparation of opinions, submissions and pleadings, briefing experts and interviewing lay witnesses and cross-examining witnesses oExpert Determination of dispute over consequences of non-compliance with contractually specified construction standards oExpert Determination of dispute over variations and termination of contractor oExpert Determination of disputed variations on the construction of two schools (2019). (Lahey Constructions Pty Ltd v State of NSW [2021] NSWCA 69). oExpert determination of disputes over extension of time claims on a road construction project oExpert Determination of a dispute over defects in a water treatment plant in Victoria oAppointed by Supreme Court of Victoria as Special Referee on a contractual dispute over recycled glass oFacilitation of an Experts Conferences: a matter in the Victorian Supreme Court; quantum and technical issues (Quantity Surveyors, polymer experts, hydraulic experts) arising from a building dispute; quantum issues arising from a building dispute; programming and quantum issues arising from a building dispute; electrical engineers and architects arising from a switchboard fire; technical and quantum disputes arising from a mineral processing facility; disputes over defects in a rural highway in a high rainfall area; the lining failure in solvent tanks in the Olympic Dam mineral processing plant oMediation of construction disputes involving wind farm construction; independent certification; defects in reinforced plastic tanks; defects in induction furnaces; omissions, ambiguities and discrepancies in design documentation; defects in a domestic building; material transport oAdvice on the application of FIDIC contracts: an infrastructure and technology project in an Asian country; a FIDIC contract in Australia oCourt and Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal appearances as counsel in a range of construction disputes involving payment, variations, defects, extensions of time and applications in connection with statutory provisions for security of payment.

Position and experience

Acredited mediator: No
Acredited arbitrator: Yes

Employment status:
Present position: Barrister, Arbitrator, Mediator & Dispute Board Member
Previous positions: Solicitor, Director of consulting engineering company


  • Member of Dispute Boards
  • Arbitration
  • Expert determination
  • Facilitation of expert conferences
  • Mediation
  • Advice on FIDIC contracts
  • Counsel in construction disputes in court and tribunals


  • Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow Institution of Engineers Australia
  • Member Dispute Resolution Board Australasia Inc
  • Member Resolution Institute
  • Member Society of Construction Law Australia
  • Senior Fellow
  • University of Melbourne

Panel listings

  • Immediation (Australia)
  • Badan Arbitrase Dan Alternatif Penyelesaian Sengketa Konstruksi Indonesia

Qualifications, jurisdiction and discipline

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Monash University - civil engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Monash University - structural engineering
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) - University of Melbourne - law
  • Master of Construction Law
  • University of Melbourne - construction law
  • Diploma in International Arbitration - Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - arbitration
  • Professional Certificate in Arbitration - Adelaide University - arbitration