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Roger ter Haar QC

Call 1974 • QC 1992

"Brilliant at cross-examination." "He's very good in court and clearly understands what judges and arbitrators want to hear."
(Chambers UK 2017)

International Arbitration

Roger has extensive experience of acting in construction and engineering disputes both within the UK and internationally. Cases in which he has been involved as counsel or arbitrator include disputes relating to projects in Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Eire, Dubai, Bulgaria, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Jersey, Kuwait, Quatar, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Tanzania and the United States of America.

Clients have included Governments, Local Authorities, other Employers, Contractors, Sub-Contractors and professionals. He has acted as Counsel for Claimants and Defendants in numerous professional negligence cases arising out of allegations of negligence against architects, engineers and quantity surveyors. He has been appointed as sole arbitrator or chairman of arbitral tribunals by the LCIA and the ICC. Experience has included many disputes concerning foreign law including Sharia law.

Selected Cases

  • A claim in excess of OMR 220M arising out of an aiport project in Oman.
  • A claim for the equivalent of £500M arising out of a construction project in Dubai (and numerous other disputes in Dubai and Qatar to a total value in excess of $1,000M.
  • Two US $100M disputes arising out of projects in Russia.
  • A claim for US$50M against state owned Bulgarian company on behalf of an Arab contractor.
  • A claim for US $35M concerning a construction project in Afghanistan.
  • A dispute in respect of a Flue Gas Desulphurisation plant in Lithuania.
  • Enforcement of an arbitration award against Government of Libya.
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Qualifications


  • Deputy High Court Judge (2003)
  • Recorder (2003)
  • Boundary Commissioner (2000)
  • Bencher of Inner Temple (1993)
  • BA Jurisprudence (1973)
  • Magdalen College, Oxford

Memberships


  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Panel of Arbitrators (2013)
  • The Korean Commercial Arbitration Board Panel of International Arbitrators (2013)
  • Chairman, Inner Temple Estates Committee (1995 – 1999)
  • Former Chairman Lloyds Disciplinary Committee

Recommendations


“Formidable in court, and his ability to absorb an argument that is made, digest it and articulate a response while on his feet is really impressive.”

Chambers UK 2018

“He is very experienced, very charming and a real leader in the field.”

Chambers UK 2018

“He makes complex matters look easy. He’s relaxed but devastating at cross-examination. It is a pleasure to listen to him and to work with him. His memory is virtually photographic, and he’s so lovely.”

Chambers UK 2018

“A very experienced, persuasive and effective advocate, who is popular with clients….an absolutely excellent strategist and one of the best on his feet.”

Legal 500 2017

“Well respected, with a badge of quality…outstanding experience…A popular choice for construction disputes and international arbitration.”

Legal 500 2017

“His ability to quickly grasp the relevant facts and get involved in the strategy of a case is excellent.”

Chambers UK

“He is incredibly clever in a broad way, not just about a particular topic but almost everything.”

Chambers UK

“Judges listen to anything he says’, ‘a well-established construction silk’.”

Chambers UK

“A fearsome operator, whose cross-examination of witnesses can be devastating.”

Chambers UK

“A very thorough and very disciplined counsel who is very good with the detail.” “Simply a class act, who instinctively cuts through the issues to get to the heart of a dispute.”

Chambers UK

“Strong advocate with an understated approach who delivers outstanding results in cross-examination.”

Chambers UK

“An old-fashioned advocate who can pick up any case and run with it well…One of the very best.”

Chambers UK


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