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International Construction Practice & Law MBE: Part-time or Online Masters Course

Developed and run by the University of Stuttgart - one of Europe's leading centres of engineering excellence

Starts 4th May 2019

Choose how you want to study: part-time in person or via online seminars

Dr Wolfgang Breyer
Partner, Breyer Rechtsanwälte

Dr Wolfgang Breyer (Practice Director and creator of this Masters programme) is a leading German and international lawyer of the specialist construction law firm Breyer Rechtsanwälte (offices located in Germany, Austria and Romania). Dr Breyer is an expert construction lawyer and advises leading contractors, engineers and employers on some of the largest and most prominent construction and infrastructure projects in the Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and, of course, Western Europe. Dr Breyer has an impeccable reputation for representing clients in international arbitration and adjudication proceedings (ICC, DIS, LCIA, UNCITRAL and other rules) and is an experienced adjudicator and arbitrator on both German and International disputes.

Internationally known as a FIDIC expert he has performed (and created) countless seminars sharing his extensive practical and theoretical knowledge of FIDIC standard-form contracts, particularly from the civil law perspective.

Dr Breyer contributes habitually to leading construction law publications (German and International) and is chairman (and creator) of the International Construction Law Platform. Being no stranger to international and German rankings, Dr Breyer is noted in Best Lawyers (Germany), JUVE, Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as an expert in construction law.

David Brown
Partner, Clyde & Co

David's experience covers the fields of energy, infrastructures and services, and more recently, the nuclear industry.

His experience in dispute resolution namely includes international arbitration (particularly ICC arbitrations), in which he acted as both counsel and arbitrator in construction matters as well as in many commercial matters. He is also actively involved in “dispute boards” proceedings and speaks at many symposiums on the resolution of international construction disputes, in Europe and the rest of the world.

David is listed in Who’s Who Legal as one of the most prominent lawyers in the construction field and is recommended by “European legal Expert” for dispute resolution. He is also listed in the “PLC Cross-Border Construction and Projects Handbook” as a “renowned practitioner” in complex international cases.

He has recently been appointed to the French list of FIDIC adjudicators for international project disputes.

Ronan Champion
Director, Champion Pearce

Ronan is a chartered surveyor and partner of Champion Pearce LLP. He is regularly engaged by contractors and law firms in analysis of construction claims, acting as expert witness on matters involving prolongation claims for time and cost, subcontractor disputes, professional negligence matters and property damage claims. He has been involved in matters across the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Qatar, Kuwait, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Ronan was formerly a partner at EC Harris LLP in London.

Recent work has included acting for insurers in a large professional negligence action against a QS firm; acting for a UK main contractor in extension of time disputes with its employer and subcontractors with extensive involvement in arbitration hearings; evaluation of the claims for repair of a luxury house following fire damage; time claims under NEC3 and assisting with resolution of a large subcontract day-work dispute.

Ronan regularly presents papers on construction contract issues, most recently “Prolongation claims after Costain v Haswell”. He was a prize winner in SCL’s Hudson Prize in two successive years and has recently co-authored the RICS Book “Tendering and Procurement”, part of the Case in Point series. He maintains a particular interest in valuation of costs and damages from and acceleration issues, the subject of his doctoral thesis at King’s College London. He was chairman of the Society of Construction Law UK in its 2009/2010 term.

Jack Tieder
Founding Partner, Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, L.L.P.

John B. (Jack) Tieder, Jr. is a founding partner of Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, L.L.P., a 70+ person law firm which was recognized by Chambers USA as 2009, 2011, 2012,2013, and 2014’s Leading Construction law firm in the United States. The firm has offices in suburban Washington, D.C., Irvine, California, Las Vegas, Nevada, Chicago, Illinois, Miami, Florida and Seattle, Washington. It is a founding member of the Global Construction and Infrastructure Law Alliance (GCILA), a consortium of leading construction law firms, headquartered in Paris, France. He currently concentrates his practice in major construction matters with a particular emphasis on international projects. He represents foreign governments, utilities, oil companies and U.S. and international contractors. He advises clients on all phases of construction and, in particular, on the resolution of complex disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. He regularly serves in a variety of ADR capacities.

He graduated from Johns Hopkins University (A.B. 1968) and American University School of Law (J.D. 1971). He is recognized as one of the leading construction lawyers in the United States with such honours as Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law – 2005-2014, Chambers USA - list of Top Construction Lawyers in Virginia – 2004 – 2014,International Who's Who of Business Lawyers – 2006 – 2014, International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers – 2005 – 2014. He is a Charter member of the American College of Construction Lawyers and the International Academy of Construction Lawyers.

Mark Roe
Partner, Pinsent Masons

Mark is a partner and head of international arbitration, specialising in construction and engineering matters. Mark is recommended as a leading lawyer for construction in ‘Who’s Who Legal’ 2010, the independent legal research guide. He has had prime responsibility for the conduct of over 25 major disputes involving US$ 100M+ claims relating to the construction, engineering and energy industries in the last 30 years, acting nearly always for main contractors. Mark has particular experience of dispute resolution in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. In addition to London he has conducted international arbitrations with seats in Paris, Geneva, Vienna, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Amman with a variety of substantive laws.

He has also conducted a number of international construction disputes in the London TCC. Mark lectures on International Construction Contracts, in particular FIDIC, and international arbitration with particular regard to best practice in the construction sector.

Nicholas Gould
Partner, Fenwick Elliott

Nicholas conducts a mix of contract drafting, strategic project advice and dispute resolution work. He acts in a wide range of construction sectors in the UK and internationally, including general construction, transport, communications, industrial, process plant, petrochemical, and energy. A solicitor advocate and chartered surveyor, his dual qualifications provide a layer of expertise that adds a practical level to his work.

Nicholas has considerable experience dealing with contracts and subcontracts of various forms but has a particular expertise in dispute resolution where his experience spans litigation, arbitration (domestic and international), adjudication, DAB/DRB, mediation, early neutral evaluation and expert determination. He has conducted Government funded research into construction dispute resolution. He also regularly acts as a mediator in construction, engineering and commercial disputes, and sits as adjudicator on international Dispute Adjudication Boards and as arbitrator.

Nicholas has been listed and quoted by clients in The Legal 500 UK and Chambers and Partners UK, independent directories which rank law firms as “very energetic,” “a very charismatic lawyer” and “an academic”; he is also noted for his “ability to pre-empt potential problems and provide advice in a clear manner that maintains the individual needs of clients”. He has published widely in the area of construction law and dispute resolution.

Christopher Ennis
Director, Time | Quantum Expert Forensics Lts ('TQEF')

Chris Ennis is a chartered quantity surveyor with over 40 years experience in the construction industry. For the last 25 years he has specialised in expert witness appointments in the area of quantum analysis, and he has also practised extensively as a neutral mediator, adjudicator and arbitrator. He has worked in the UK and internationally in connection with major construction contract disputes in all sectors of the industry. He is well-known internationally for this work and through appearances at conferences and seminars, and for a number of papers published over the years in leading journals and via the Society of Construction Law dealing with topics such as evaluation of disruption, the work of the international expert witness, and different approaches to evaluation of claims under particular forms of contract.

Philip L. Bruner, Esq.
Mediator & Arbitrator, JAMS

Philip L. Bruner, Esq. is one of the world’s leading full-time arbitrators, mediators, and resolvers of construction, engineering, and infrastructure claims and disputes arising in the United States and globally.

He is a distinguished member of the panels of neutrals of both JAMS and JAMS International, and is the director of JAMS Global Engineering and Construction Group.

For more than 25 years prior to joining JAMS, he was a member of panels of arbitrators of other dispute resolution organizations.

Dr Sebastian Palt
Construction Engineer, Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG

Dr Sebastian Palt is an expert hydro power engineer with up to 20 years’ experience in hydro power development. Dr Palt currently works with a leading international engineering and consultancy firm Fichtner GmbH & Co as an Executive Director in Hydropower. His experience in planning of hydropower plants is exceptional and includes some of the largest hydropower projects in the world. Dr Palt engages extensively in performing feasibility studies for high head as well as low head hydropower plants in Europe, Africa, Asia as well as Central and South America (i.e. covering site selection, field measurements and the design of different civil structures).

Additionally, he has performed in great detail due diligences for greenfield projects as well as existing hydropower projects and developments. Finally, a substantial part of Dr Palt’s continuing experience is in value engineering, that is, focusing on optimising projects and providing independent reviews of existing planning.

Prof. Stefan Leupertz
Founder, Leupertz Baukonfliktmanagement

Prof Stefan Leupertz is a former Judge of the German Supreme Court and known as one of the leading (and prominent) legal authorities on construction law in Germany. During his tenure as a Judge of the German Supreme Court, Prof Leupertz was assigned to the Seventh Civil Division, being responsible for hearing construction, contract and architectural law disputes.

In 2012 Prof Leupertz resigned as Judge of the German Supreme Court and commenced his own practice Leupertz Baukonfliktmanagement with the focus purely on construction law – in  particular, dispute avoidance and dispute resolution as arbitrator, adjudicator and legal expert. Prof Leupertz is particularly active and highly respected in academia being co-editor of the German construction law journal, Baurecht and editor/author of numerous other standard-publications on German construction law. Additionally, Prof Leupertz works on numerous construction law related boards; this includes Board member of the Arbitral Tribunal Estate Law Germany (2003),Chairman of the Board of the German Baugerichtstag e.V (2013) and Board  member for the Anglo-German Construction Law Platform (2014).

Marc Frilet
Managing Partner, Frilet Société d’Avocats

Marc Frilet’s law firm Frilet Société d’Avocats is considered as one of the leading French law firms operating within the construction, infrastructure and mining domains. Both nationally (in France) and internationally, Mr Frilet is known as one of the most skilled and knowledgeable lawyers within these domains and advises extensively within the complex area of international PPP Projects. As a result of his long standing experience and expertise, he has assisted many public and private clients during the inception and development of large and complex PPP Projects, ensuring successful development of the project through to dispute resolution (if necessary). Mr Frilet is very active in the drafting of model laws and best practices for nation States in order to avoid projects in distress, contract renegotiation or international litigation. Mr Frilet contributes considerably to academia writing numerous articles and presenting on public procurement, concessions and PPPs, methods to disseminate good practices, litigation, comparative law in France and internationally, particularly Francophone Africa and Latin America. He is continuously recognised for his achievements by the legal guide Who’s Who Legal who listed him several times as a go-to lawyer for construction, infrastructure and mining, especially in regards to the implementation of concession and PPP projects. Most recently, Marc Frilet was honoured as the construction lawyer of the year 2014 in France by the Construction Law Experts.