Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Expert Determiner, Expert Witness

Richard has over 35 years’ experience in the construction industry with the past 25 of those years in New Zealand with a focus in the last 18 years on dispute resolution and providing expert witness services. Richard was a consultant and owner/ director of Prendos , a large multi-disciplinary building consultancy, for 18 years up to May 2017 and now devotes his time solely to the construction related dispute resolution and expert witness arena.

Richard has always had an interest in matters surrounding contracts and the disputes that often arise from them. This professional leaning ultimately led to his becoming a seasoned and talented independent arbitrator, adjudicator and expert determiner, roles he finds enormously challenging and satisfying in that it incorporates and channels his accumulated skills into making a fair award or determination. His experience with dispute resolution includes arbitration, mediation, adjudication and expert determination of, amongst other things, building contract claims, resolving performance issues, workmanship issues and NZ Building Code compliance issues.To date Richard has conducted over 30 Construction Contracts Act adjudications, 6 arbitrations, 3 expert determinations (1 large NEC3 professional services dispute)

For the past 18 years Richard has provided expert evidence for numerous clients, both plaintiffs and defendants, appearing on 20 occasions in the District (4) and High Courts of New Zealand (8) and in Tribunals (8) on quantity surveying and building surveying related matters. Additionally he has assisted clients in settling their claim, or defending a claim against them, in mediation forums (prior to court) on too many occasions to remember. 

Richard is a Fellow of two professional bodies and has held office as a council member of the Society of Construction Law NZ (Inc); the Auckland branch of the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS) and the New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors (NZIBS).  

Richard is a panel member of Arbitrators for AMINZ (Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand) , and is a panel member of Adjudicators  for three Authorised Nominating Authorities namely AMINZ,  RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and Fairways.