Paul Checketts

Director Quantum, Commercial & Training


Quantum, Commercial


  • BSc (Hons)
  • PG Dip Arb
  • Fellow RICS
  • Fellow CIARB
  • Member CIOB

Specialisms / Skills

  • Expert Advisory / Witness
  • Arbitration
  • Adjudication
  • Dispute Board
  • Training

Paul has worked for a leading contracts consultancy from 1995 to 2019 and held the position of Regional Director responsible for Asia and then Australia. This involved building and managing a team of 40+ consultants providing contracts advice, commercial management and claims services.

Recent UK experience has included specialist claims adviser to the HPC NNB project focused on Force Majeure and Brexit issues. Seconded to Costain for 2 years as Interim Commercial Manager on the Greater Manchester Waste to Energy PFI Project and a further year as claims adviser on the A465 Dualling Highways Project in Abergavenny.

Appointed as Quantum Expert on various disputes relating to Airport, Highways, Water Treatment Plant, Metro Rail, Mining, Oil & Gas and Building projects.

International experience includes Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Romania, Poland and Turkey. Also some experience in the Middle East and Africa.

Expert in FIDIC, NEC3, PFI and D&B contracts as well as lump sum and remeasurement contracts.

  • Quantum expert on Wheatstone Project LNG Plant in matter between Rock JV and Thiess for delay and disruption costs.
  • Quantum expert on NorthLink Stage 2 between contractor and groundworks subcontractor.
  • Providing expert advice to Tier 1 contractor on major new build hospital in disputes (Arbitration and adjudications) with state authority.
  • Independent Expert on Iron Ore Mining Process Plant in WA on behalf of EPC Contractor in respect of Quantum Matters in arbitration.
  • Independent Expert for Time and Quantum on Iron Ore Mining Process Plant in WA on behalf of EPC Contractor in respect of Termination of a Subcontract.
  • Appointed as Quantum Expert for curtain walling and cladding contractor for the Changi Airport Terminal 01, Singapore
  • Quantum Expert for civil sub-contractor acting against Japanese main contractor for the North East Line Depot, Contract C701, Singapore
  • Appointed as Quantum Expert on behalf of subcontractor for the Deep Tunnel Sewer System, part of the Changi Water Reclamation Plant, C4A Contract, Singapore
  • Time and Quantum Expert for dispute on refurbishment of Dover MRT, Singapore
  • Acting as Time and Cost Expert for defendant in the International Court of Arbitration in respect of the TUAS Crossing, Singapore
  • Established and led dispute resolution, claims preparation and contract management team of 20+ personnel for Core System and Trackwork Contracts on the Taiwan High Speed Rail Project; packages valued at US$7Billion; disputes resolved through negotiation, conciliation and arbitration.
  • Adjudication and negotiated settlement of issues for dispute in respect of the Kings Cross Railway Station New Ticketing Hall, London.
  • Arbitration for major disputes in Singapore, including the Nanyang Polytechnic Project regarding the mechanical, fire protection & electrical sub-contracts.
  • Mediation in Malaysia and in accordance with the Singapore Mediation Centre Rules.
  • Preparing for adjudication in respect of many projects throughout Australia including the Barangaroo Towers, Perth Children’s Hospital, Woodlawn Zinc Mine, Roy Hill Iron Ore Plant and various commercial building projects.
  • Claims and disputes manager for the contractor on the A465 Dualling project for the Welsh Highways Authority under the NEC3 Option C form of contract.
  • Contracts and claims adviser for Lendlease on the NorthConnex Highways Project in Sydney. Project value $1.6Billion.
  • Advising contractor on WestConex 3B motorway project involving extremely complex tunneling, in Sydney. Project value $3Billion.
  • Force Majeure Commercial Lead for Employer on Nuclear New Build Project in UK.
  • Interim Commercial Director for Costain on the Greater Manchester Waste to Energy PFI Project. Full-time 2year appointment managing claims team. Project value £400M.
  • Experienced in a variety of energy projects including: Nuclear, Integrated Gas Combined Cycle Power Plants, Coal Fire Power Plants, Flue Gas De-Sulphurisation Plants, Petrochemical and Pharmaceutical Plants.
  • Commercial and contract management for the Alliance Contractor building the Bundamba Water Treatment Plant, near Brisbane. The largest water treatment plant in the southern hemisphere.
  • Offshore / Marine projects include Undersea Pipelines, Semi-submersible and Jack Up Rigs, Oil & Gas Plants, LNG and Gas Storage Facilities, Jetties and Marine facilities.
  • Previous clients include EDF, Alstom Power, Areva NP, Tecnimont, McConnell Dowell, MHI, Lendlease, Veolia, Samsung C&T and Thiess.
  • Trackstar Alliance, Rail Upgrading Projects, Queensland, Australia
  • Velaro D Signalling ERTMS System, Mainland Europe
  • Core System and Trackwork Contracts for Taiwan High Speed Rail Project
  • C810 Sengkang and Punggol Light Rapid Transit System, Singapore
  • Putra Line II, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia & Circle Line MRT Stage II Singapore
  • Airport construction including Changi Airport T-01 and T-02, Hong Kong New International Airport, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok International Airports
  • Kings Cross Station Upgrade to the Ticket Hall
  • Previously Regional Director for Systech International in Asia Pacific leading a team of 40+ expats providing contracts consultancy services from 1999 to 2009.
  • From 2015 to 2019 led the Systech Australian business and built the team from 1 to 45 fee earners across 4 offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
  • 6 years as Commercial Director working across Europe with experience gained in UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Turkey, Poland, Romania and Czech Republic.
  • From 1990 to 1995, headed the surveying department of 12 for a London based medium sized Contractor; managing up to 20 live projects at one time.
  • 14 years’ experience working in Asia Pacific including establishing business units in Japan and Australia and working on infrastructure projects throughout the region.