FIDIC Adjudicator Details

International Client Manager

John  Wright

  Country of residence: United Kingdom

  Citizenship: United Kingdom


Countries with experience

Other countries with experience:

Global regions

  • East Asia
  • East Europe
  • West Europe
  • North Africa
  • Sub Sahara Africa

Languages spoken

  • English

Construction contract experience

  • 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)

Consultancy contract experience

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

Specialist contract experience

  • Dredgers Contract, 1st Ed 2006

Other contract experience

  • 1987 Orange Book

CV - Services offered

  • Arbitration
  • Adjudication
  • Mediation
  • Conciliation
  • Facilitator

Technical expertise

  • Aviation and Avionics
  • Airports - terminals and support
  • Building - domestic
  • Building - commercial
  • Building - industrial
  • Building services - Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning
  • Building services - lighting/electrical
  • Building services - Gas
  • Building services - water
  • Building services - Communications
  • Civil Engineering - Site Investigation
  • Civil Engineering - Foundations and Subsidence/Settlement
  • Civil Engineering - Land Drainage & Dewatering
  • Civil Engineering - Tunnelling and piling
  • Civil Engineering - Retaining Walls
  • Civil Engineering - Dams and reservoirs
  • Chemical Engineering - Plastics
  • Chemical Engineering - Pharmaceutical
  • Construction law
  • Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
  • Geotechnics and foundations
  • Energy & Power - Solar Systems
  • Energy & Power - CHP and district Heating
  • Energy & Power - Natural gas and LNG Facilities
  • Infrastructure, Railways, Bridges
  • Marine and ports
  • Metro railway and stations
  • Road and highways - bridges and car parks
  • Rail - Infrastructure Engineering and Maintenance
  • Waste Disposal - Solid Waste Management
  • Water - Water Treatment
  • Water - Sewage Treatment
  • Claims and variations

  • Extension of time
  • Project scheduling
  • Defects
  • Failure investigations
  • Construction accidents
  • Flood damage
  • Technical issues

Short summary experiences

Substantial experience over more than 40 years in construction-related disputes in a variety of jurisdictions and covering the whole spectrum of building and civil engineering works. Over the last 4 years has sat exclusively as an arbitrator, adjudicator, dispute board member and mediator.Experience acting as Counsel was both domestic and international. The domestic work was largely, but not entirely, related to building disputes including two landmark decisions in the 1990s relating to extensions of time and ownership of the float under domestic JCT contracts. International experience related much more to engineering projects, including latterly representing a local subcontractor against a US prime contractor in a substantial dispute in South America relating to the construction of an LNG facility.All the arbitration experience in the UAE has been as Chair of the Arbitral Tribunal with the amount in dispute frequently substantial – one case involves 750 million dirhams. Similarly, arbitration experience in Malaysia has been as sole adjudicator or arbitrator with one recent case involving a claim of US$150 million.Standing DAB experience currently involves projects in Central America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Far East. Some of these are as sole DAB member, mainly under the MDB Harmonised Contract 2010, but others are mainly under the 1999 Red Book. These include an appointment in a major infrastructure project in Central America where the standing DAB has been chaired by a retired English High Court judge. There have also been recent appointments in Eastern Europe and, unusually, in the UK under the Yellow and Silver Books 1999, one leading to a major court decision on the validity of a DAB appointment.A recent DAB appointment in the Middle East involves disputes between a designer and a main contractor in relation to a megaproject in the region.Having qualified as an adjudicator in the UK at the outset of the statutory regime adjudication

Position and experience

Acredited mediator: Yes
Acredited arbitrator: Yes

Employment status:
Present position:
Previous positions: 1976 - 1979Solicitor - Coward Chance (now Clifford Chance LLP) 1979 - 1983Solicitor - McKenna & Co (now CMS Cameron McKenna) 1984 - 1998Partner and Head of Construction Department – Warner Cranston, , , , , , , , ,


  • Is currently sitting
  • or has sat
  • as Arbitrator
  • Dispute Board Member
  • Adjudicator or Mediator in the following matters: Arbitration Chair of an international arbitral tribunal in connection with a


  • Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2009-2014
  • Chair 2011-2013) Co-Chair - International Construction Projects Committee of the International Bar Association (2012-2013) 

Panel listings

  • FIDIC President’s List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators RICS Register of Dispute Board Members Panel of Arbitrators
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Panel of Arbitrators
  • Dubai Internationa

Qualifications, jurisdiction and discipline

  • 1976Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales 1991Fellow - Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 1995Mediator accredited by Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution 1996Adjudicator accredite