What do counsel, neutrals, and expert witnesses want and need from each other to maximise the effectiveness of expert witness evidence in ADR? Join us for a Let’s Discuss event, which will follow an Ongoing Learning webinar hosted in October. 

There are many reasons why expert witness evidence may be viewed by decision makers as incomplete or unhelpful. A common response is to see this as the fault of the expert witnesses. Moderators and participants will explore whether or not that is the case and discuss potential solutions. 

Moderated by Michael Tonkin FCIArb C.Arb and Pamela McDonald, joined by counsel, arbitrators and expert witnesses as moderators, this Let’s Discuss event is a platform to discuss and learn from each other on what works and what does not work in the management of expert witnesses, the production of reports, joint processes, oral evidence and other duties of the expert witnesses in ADR, particularly in arbitration and adjudication. 


Moderators: Michael Tonkin, Pamela McDonald, Franco Mastrandrea, Lucy Greenwood and Abdul Jinadu 


Let's Discuss sessions are FREE for Ciarb Members, register now! 

Please note, Let's Discuss sessions are not recorded and times listed are in GMT. 


For any questions or issues, please contact events@ciarb.org

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Let’s Discuss is a series of virtual events brought to you by Ciarb. The series is free for Ciarb members.

Throughout the year we will be running a series of virtual events, hosted by members for members. These will get under the skin of the things that really matter in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) around the world and talk about the issues that matter to you. They will be a great opportunity to learn, discuss and meet new connections.

It’s up to you, our members to decide, what topics should be discusses. Join us for the Let’s Discuss sessions and influence the conversation with your ideas, learn from fellow ADR professionals and shape the future discussion around topics that matter to you. You can also email us with topic proposals at events@ciarb.org.

We will confirm events as we go through the year to ensure they are always based on the most relevant issues of the moment.

Let's Discuss events are not recorded and therefore not available on demand, so make sure you join us live for discussion, peer-to-peer learning and networking.

Event Moderators

Michael Tonkin FCIArb C.Arb

Michael Tonkin BSc DipArb DipICIArb FRICS FCIArb FCIOB FDBF MAE CArb is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Chartered Arbitrator, Chartered Builder, CEDR Accredited Mediator, RICS Accredited Expert Witness and testifying Expert Witness in quantum with 35 years of experience in the construction industry. He leads HKA’s Expert Services practice for the Middle East, Asia & Africa.

He acts as an expert witness in quantum and has been instructed around sixty-five times as a party appointed Expert Witness, a single joint Expert Witness and a Third Party Expert Evaluator on disputes up to US$4bn in value. He has given oral testimony in traditional cross-examination as well as concurrent evidence/hot-tubbing. Michael has acted as “Coordinating Expert” across several disciplines of expert. He is a Who’s Who Legal (WWL) Global Elite Thought Leader and has published various material on the role of the expert witness.

Michael has been appointed as Arbitrator on more than 60 occasions (as sole Arbitrator, Chairman of a tribunal of three, and Co-Arbitrator) under the auspices of ICC, LCIA, DIAC, ADCCAC and the TAI, and is a listed panel member form many institutions, including the Ciarb.

He also acts as dispute resolver in other ADR such as adjudication and DAB’s and is a member of the DRBF.

Michael is a former Ciarb Trustee, Honorary Treasurer and Chair of the Audit Committee, as well as a past Chairman and past Vice Chairman of the UAE Branch. Michael is an “Arbitrator” Member of the Society of Construction Arbitrators.

Pamela McDonald

Franco Mastrandrea

Lucy Greenwood

Abdul Jinadu