FIDIC Adjudicator Details

International Client Manager

Micheal John  Watson

  Country of residence: Mauritius

  Citizenship: British



Countries with experience

Other countries with experience:

Global regions

  • East Europe
  • Middle East
  • Sub Sahara Africa

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)
  • Short Form of Contract, 1st Ed 1999

Consultancy contract experience

  • Not applicable - none of the above

Specialist contract experience

  • Construction Subcontract, 1st. Ed. 2011

Other contract experience

  • FIDIC IV 1988 updated 1992 (DRBs)
  • MDBH 2006
  • MDBH 2005

CV - Services offered

  • Arbitration
  • Adjudication
  • Conciliation
  • Contract Expert/specialist
  • Independent expert
  • Expert witness

Technical expertise

  • Airports - air-side
  • Building - industrial
  • Civil Engineering - Dams and reservoirs
  • Civil Engineering - other
  • Construction law
  • Road and highways - other
  • Water - Water Supply
  • Water - Sewage Treatment
  • Claims and variations

  • Extension of time
  • Project scheduling

Short summary experiences

Dispute Boards: I served on 46 DBs in 9 countries. The total number of years that I have served on these boards to date amounts to 98. The period of service was from 2003, the year of the first appointment, to the present time when I am currently serving on six boards, 4 of them as Chairman. The total value of the Contracts was US$1,257 Billion and for the remainder valued in ZAR, R20,068 Billion. The number of Decisions pursuant to Sub Clause 20.4 handed down for these contracts is 128 to date plus 49 Opinions pursuant to Sub Clause 20.2. Two of the largest contracts were terminated and the DB continued to served after the termination and handed down a number of decisions relating to issues associated with the terminations. I served as Chairman on 10 of these boards, Sole member on 20 boards and member on the remainder. I have not maintained a total the value of the Decisions handed down but is is considerable. Arbitrations: I have been appointed as arbitrator in 20 matters arising from Contracts in South Africa, Botswana, Malawi and Lesotho. In all of the matters the parties were represented by Counsel, in most cases by Senior Counsel. The arbitrations were conducted under the SA Association of Arbitrators Standard Procedure Rules; the European Union Rules, the UNCITRAL Rules or the Botswana Institute of Arbitrators Standard procedure Rules. The contracts were variously governed by the FIDIC IV 1992; FIDIC 1999 Red Book, ICE(SA) , JBCC, European Union, FIDIC Sub Contract 201 and the Botswana Government Conditions of Contract. In all cases save two I was appointed as the sole arbitrator. On two occasions I was appointed to three-person tribunals for one of which I was appointed Chairman.The Chairman of the tribunal for the Malawi matter was Judge Johan Kriegler a noted Constitutional Court Judge and Chairman of the SA Electoral Committee. I have serves as expert witness on a number of occasions the most significant being for the approach road to Katse Dam an

Position and experience

Acredited mediator: Yes
Acredited arbitrator: Yes

Employment status:
Present position: Owner M J Watson t/a Watson, Kelly and Associates since 1985
Previous positions: Managing Director - Roadmix SA (Pty) Ltd - 1982 to 1985, Managing Director Fowler Construction (Pty) Ltd 1981 to 1982, Director Fowler Construction (Pty) Ltd 1974 to 1981, Area Manager Fowler Construction (Pty) Ltd 1972 to 1974, Site Agent/Contr Manager LTA Engineering LTD (RSA) 1970/72, Site Agent John Laing Construction (UK) 1968 to 1970, Project Engineer John Laing Constn (UK) 1964 to 1968, Design Engineer John Laing Constn 1962 to 1964, Indentured Graduate Engineer 1959 to 1962,


  • Served and serving on 46 Dispute Boards (6 currently) since 2003
  • 20 appointments as Arbitrator in Southern Africa 1996
  • Numerous appointments as mediator in South Africa since 1985
  • Expert witness/tribunal expert in 3 major international arbitrations
  • Representing claimant/defendant in arbitrations


  • Fellow Institution of Civil Engineers UK
  • Fellow Institution of Civil Engineers South Africa
  • Fellow Association of Arbitrators Southern Africa
  • Fellow Institute of Arbitrators Botswana
  • Member Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA)

Panel listings

  • Institution of Civil Engineers South Africa
  • Consulting Engineers South Africa
  • Association of Arbitrators Southern Africa
  • Institute of Arbitrators Botswana
  • Construction Industries Development Board (SA) CiDB
  • Master Builders Association South Africa

Qualifications, jurisdiction and discipline

  • Chartered Civil Engineer UK
  • Professional Engineer South Africa
  • Arbitrator - Southern Africa