FIDIC Adjudicator Details

International Client Manager

Hugo  Fonseca

  Country of residence: Portugal

  Citizenship: Portuguese


Countries with experience

Other countries with experience:

Global regions

  • East Asia
  • East Europe
  • West Europe
  • Middle East
  • Central Asia
  • North Africa

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Construction contract experience

  • Construction Contract 2nd Ed (2017 Red Book)
  • Construction Contract, 1st Ed (1999 Red Book)
  • Construction Contract, MDB Harmonised Ed, June 2010
  • EPC/Turnkey Contract, 1st Ed (1999 Silver Book)
  • Plant & Design-Build Contract, 1st Ed (1999 Yellow Book)
  • Plant and Design-Build Contract 2nd Ed (2017 Yellow Book)
  • Short Form of Contract, 1st Ed 1999

Consultancy contract experience

  • Client-Consultant Agreement (White Book), 4th Ed 2006

Specialist contract experience

  • Construction Subcontract, 1st. Ed. 2011
  • Dredgers Contract, 1st Ed 2006

Other contract experience

  • Oman Standard Conditions (based on FIDIC 4th ed. 1987 Works of Civil Engineering Construction)

CV - Services offered

  • Arbitration
  • Adjudication
  • Mediation
  • Conciliation
  • Facilitator
  • Technical expert
  • Independent expert
  • Expert witness

Technical expertise

  • Building - domestic
  • Building - commercial
  • Building - industrial
  • Building services - other
  • Civil Engineering - Land Drainage & Dewatering
  • Civil Engineering - Tunnelling and piling
  • Civil Engineering - other
  • Coastal engineering
  • Cost engineering (QS)
  • Defence
  • Energy & Power - other
  • Infrastructure, Railways, Bridges
  • Marine and ports
  • Road and highways - Planning, Layout and Design
  • Road and highways - other
  • Rail - other
  • Water - Water Supply
  • Water - Sewerage
  • Water - Flooding and Drainage
  • Claims and variations

  • Extension of time
  • Project scheduling
  • Technical issues

Short summary experiences

A chartered civil engineer with an established career in engineering and construction. Hugo has held senior positions contractors and consultants in Europe, the MENA region and Southeast Asia. He has led teams and successfully delivered multi-disciplinary projects from inception and planning, construction to final handover and post-completion management, including high-profile projects (over USD 1 billion).Hugo has performed a contractual risk assessment in pre-contract negotiations for a major power project in Egypt (USD $2.7 billion). He has lead dispute avoidance processes, mediating between contractors and clients as an independent expert and providing expert determinations on a major coastal and marine project in the UAE (USD 70 million). Hugo regularly prepares and manages different types of claims during the execution phase of projects, as he has done for an historical heritage building in Porto, or assesses claims supporting the contractual determination role of FIDIC Engineer, as he has done in a luxury resort in Morocco.Hugo is also involved in dispute resolution post project completion, preparing claims, supporting the preparation of submissions to Dispute Boards and arbitration, and acting as an expert or independent witness, as is the case in an ongoing arbitration under ICC Rules regarding the construction a power plant in Cape Verde (bespoke based on FIDIC Yellow Book 1999). Hugo has extensive hands-on experience in the evaluation and quantification of damages associated with construction claims, involving the increased time and cost of performance resulting from unresolved variations, disputed specifications, delays, loss of productivity, project management performance problems, and other causes. He has also been involved in calculating damages incurred by project owners as a result of defective work by contractors, as well as in the assessment of liquidated damages resulting from contractors’ delays.

Position and experience

Acredited mediator: No
Acredited arbitrator: No

Employment status:
Present position: Founder and Director of AD3PT, Head of Claims, Dispute Avoidance e Dispute Resolution
Previous positions: Contracts and Claims Specialist, Project Director (contractor), Projects Director (engineer/consultant), Deputy General Manager (contractor), Contracts Manager (contractor), Several other positions (consultants and contractors)


  • Expert Determination
  • Expert Witness in Arbitration and Dispute Boards
  • Conciliation/Mediation
  • Claims Preparation (contract
  • quantum and delay analysis)


  • Dispute Resolution Board Foundation
  • Society of Construction Law
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - CIArb (UK)
  • Project Management Institute - PMI (USA)
  • Portuguese Engineers Order - OE (Portugal)

Panel listings

  • FIDIC President’s List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators
  • CPAL Panel list (OAL Portuguese Mediation and DB list)

Qualifications, jurisdiction and discipline

  • MSc in Civil Engineering (Construction) - FEUP - Portugal
  • LLM in Construction Law and Arbitration with distinction - Robert Gordon University - Scotland
  • BSc in Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering) - IST - Portugal
  • Chartered Senior Engineer - Portuguese Engineers Order - OE
  • MCIArb
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - UK
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) - Project Management Institute - USA