Trainer details

FIDIC Trainer

Patrizia  Palmitessa-Savric

  Country of residence: Botswana

  Citizenship: Serbia


Countries with experience

Other countries with experience: Tanzania, Russia, Brazil, Spain

Global regions

  • Latin America
  • East Europe
  • Sub Sahara Africa

Languages spoken

  • English

Other languages spoken: Serbian, Croatian, Montenegrin

Trainer Professional qualifications and discipline

MSc Construction Law and Dispute Resolution King’s College, London, UK
MArch, BSc Arch Eng University of Belgrade, School of Architecture, Serbia
Arbitration Fellowship Diploma and Specialization in Construction Law from Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa), South Africa
Specific Areas of Practice and Expertise:
Construction Law and Construction Contracts Consultancy, Dispute Avoidance and Resolution: Arbitration, Adjudication, Dispute Boards, Mediation
Bespoke and standard form construction contracts (e.g. FIDIC, JBCC, JCT, NEC)
Architecture, Construction Contract Administration and Project Management

Construction contract experience

  • Construction Contract 2nd Ed (2017 Red Book)
  • Construction Contract, 1st Ed (1999 Red Book)
  • EPC/Turnkey Contract 2nd Ed (2017 Silver Book)
  • 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

  • Not applicable - none of the above

Specialist contract experience

  • Construction Subcontract, 1st. Ed. 2011

Other FIDIC contract experience

Acts as Arbitrator, DAB or DAAB Member and Mediator in disputes arising out of FIDIC Contracts
Acts as the Engineer under FIDIC Contracts
FIDIC 2017 2nd Edition Yellow, Red and Silver Books - friendly reviewer
Internationally Accredited FIDIC Trainer
Regularly speaks on FIDIC Contracts and DAB and DAAB topics at International Construction Law and Dispute Resolution Conferences

Experience with FIDIC contracts modules

  • Module 1: Practical Use of FIDIC Conditions of Contracts (1999 Edition)

Training experience with FIDIC Business Practice modules

  • None of the above

Services offered

  • Technical expert
  • Contract Expert/specialist
  • Independent expert
  • Others

Technical expertise

  • Airports - air-side
  • Airports - terminals and support
  • Building - domestic
  • Building - commercial
  • Building - industrial
  • Building services - water
  • Building services - Acoustics and insultation
  • Building services - other
  • Construction law
  • Claims and variations
  • Extension of time
  • Defects
  • Technical issues

Short summary experiences

Acts as arbitrator, adjudicator, dispute board member or party representative. Over 25 years' design, procurement, tender/bid and contract administration experience and 15 years’ dispute avoidance and resolution experience on public and private sector funded construction projects that include infrastructure projects (water supply and distribution networks, air and road transportation), civic and commercial developments (retail centers, conference facilities, hospitality, office, light industrial projects, university and recreational centers) and residential developments (multi-family and high-rise residential projects).

Position and experience

Employment status: Self employed
Present position: Head - Contracts & Dispute Resolution
Previous positions:
Are you a fully FIDIC certified trainer: Yes
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Are you a FIDIC interim certified trainer: No
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Fellow - Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
Fellow - Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa)
Panel Arbitrator - AFSA, Arbitration Foundation of South Africa
Fellow - Botswana Institute of Arbitrators
Full Member – Arbitration Association, Serbia
Chartered Member - Royal Institute of British Architects
Architect – Architects’ Registration Council Botswana
Member - Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (USA) (Director, R2 Board of Directors, since 2018)
Member - Society of Construction Law (UK)