Nabeel KhokharLegal Director at STRABAG
I have 30 years working experience in the international construction industry in contract management and legal management, claims, dispute boards, dispute prevention and avoidance, dispute resolution, mediation, and arbitration. I have worked in Western and Eastern Europe, Middle East, Far East, South America, Africa and Russia and its neighbouring countries firstly as a Quantity Surveyor, Contracts Manager, Senior Contract Manager, Head of International Contract Management, Managing Director of Construction Legal Services GmbH (the former in-house international legal department of the Strabag Group) in Vienna Austria and then as an Operations Director in the London office of DriverTrett (an international construction and dispute resolution consultancy). I am currently working with Contract Management and Legal Construction Services (CML International), the combined in-house department of the Strabag Group which manages the entire Group’s contract management and legal services; where I advise on the strategic development of its international contract management activities, their integration with the in-house legal department, contract management/claims related issues on international projects, dispute boards, dispute avoidance, resolution, arbitration, digitialisation and sustainability .
I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators at Member Level (MCIArb), a member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF) and a founding member of the International Construction Law Association (ICLA).
I am currently a member of two FIDIC Contracts Commitee Task Groups: TG22 - the Development and Publication of an EPCM Form on Contract & TG19 - the Development of Flowcharts for the Processs and Procedures within the 2017 FIDIC Suite of Contracts.
I sit on the EIC (European International Contractors) Working Group “Contract Conditions” which produces and publishes the ‘EIC Contractor’s Guide’ to the 1999 & 2017 FIDIC Conditions of Contract.
I was also a ‘friendly-reviewer’ for the 2017 FIDIC Red, Yellow and Silver books. I have presented papers and spoken at various ICC, FIDIC, DRBF and ISPRAMED conferences and seminars on the importance of contract management, contract management/claims, contractual disputes – their prevention and avoidance, dispute boards, arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution procedures.
I sat on a task force of construction industry experts for the ICC Commission on Arbitration’s drafting of their 2015 ICC Dispute Board Rules and spoke at the global launch at ICC headquarters in Paris.
As an expert witness I have been twice appointed (2014 & 2020) to provide expert reports on contractual and commercial issues on FIDIC contracts for international ICC arbitrations for road projects in Africa wherein I was cross-examined by opposing counsel and arbitral tribunals..
I co-authored “The NEC4 Contract – Fit for Purpose for International Use?” which was published in the January 2018 edition of The International Construction Law Review and sit on the DRBF committee looking into the feasibility and introduction of a pupil and mentoring scheme.
I was also part of the Consultation Group of construction industry professionals reviewing and commenting on The Association of Consultant Architects and the Association for Consultancy and Engineering’s new PPC Project Alliance Contract 2015.
I sat on the initial advisory board of the Universität Wien ‘International Construction Law Postgraduate LL.M Course’, where I also lectured on a variety of contract management, claims and dispute resolution related topics. I was involved in the establishment of the ‘International Construction Law Masters Programme’ of the University of Stuttgart, Germany.