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The cost of Covid for construction: dealing with supply chain issues

Isabel Hitching KC – The implication for damages claims

As construction projects continue to be impacted by the pandemic, HKA is delighted to be hosting this ‘in-person’ event, with speakers discussing Covid related claims and disputes arising from supply chain issues. The presentations will consider the contractual and legal issues that arise, as well as the technical aspects of evidencing claims.

Event Details
Date & Time: 31 March 2022 8:30 – 10:00 BST
Venue: In Person – International Dispute Resolution Centre – 1 Paternoster Lane, St. Paul’s, London EC4M 7BQ


08.30 – 09.00 – Coffee and pastries on arrival

09.00 – 09.15 – Scheduling evidence requirements – Michelle Metz

09.15 – 09.30 – Quantum Issues – John Jones

09.30 – 09-45 – The implication for damages claims – Isabel Hitching KC

09.45 – 10.00 – Q&A

This is an in-person event – free to attend



Crown Office Chambers
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Isabel is a specialist in commercial, construction and engineering, and related insurance, professional negligence and property damage fields.

Isabel is known for combining intellectual rigour with a team working and commercial approach, identifying an effective strategy to achieve the best for her clients whether at trial or in mediation and negotiation.
Isabel undertakes frequent trial work in the High Court and is regularly instructed in adjudications and arbitrations. She is known for her ability to analyse and marshal vast disclosure and work effectively with multi-disciplinary teams of experts.

Prior to taking silk Isabel was the most senior commercial/construction specialist on the Attorney General’s panel and acted for the government in a large number of high value (up to £300m), factually complex and politically sensitive disputes. Isabel continues to act for the government as Queen’s Counsel as well as for insurers and private clients.

Isabel is also instructed as both an arbitrator and an adjudicator in insurance, commercial and construction matters.



Partner, HKA
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Michelle is a planner by training and has over 28 years of experience in the construction industry. She has worked on a wide range of projects, acted as delay expert on 14 occasions and expert assistant on a further 13 disputes. Michelle has acted as expert, or assistant expert, on complex disputes for projects with values in excess of US$250 million. She has experience as a party appointed delay expert and has given oral evidence to an arbitral tribunal in Hong Kong.

She is able to draw on her strong planning background to both assist and advise clients on matters of delay to construction and engineering projects. Michelle also provides advice on the preparation of time related claims, master programmes, associated updates and reviews, the management of time risks and extension of time assessments.

Michelle’s site planning experience includes major highways, complex rail and high-rise tower block projects and commercial fit-outs across Asia, Europe and the UK.


Partner, HKA
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John is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with over 20 years industry experience. With a commercial management background, he has worked for both Main Contractors and Sub-Contractors involved in the construction of a wide range of projects. His experiences cover civil engineering schemes including rail and highway works, industrial & process plants, onshore and offshore oil and gas, power generation, and high value residential projects.

As a full practising member of the Academy of Experts and recognised by Who’s Who Legal, John has significant experience with the preparation of expert quantum reports and is frequently engaged as independent expert witness. He has been instructed as independent expert on more than 35 occasions involving matters of quantum in arbitration, litigation and adjudication, and has been cross-examined in formal proceedings.



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