Mr. Allen is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Managing Director with Secretariat International in Hong Kong. He has over 30 years’ experience in the industry and has worked internationally for many years, with the last 16 years being based full time in Hong Kong. He has extensive experience in procurement and contract strategy, dispute resolution and providing strategic advice to clients on distressed or problem projects.
In addition to working on many construction projects, Mr. Allen continues to work on numerous disputes and live projects for Employers, Contractors and Subcontractors. He provides contract advice, has prepared claims and rebuttals, assisted in negotiations and appeared in many different tribunals.
He is experienced in a wide range of civil engineering, building, M&E and process plant contracts, which include the ICE 6th edition, Engineering Construction Contract (NEC), I Chem E Red and Green Book, G90, JCT, GC Works and Sub Contract Forms, which also includes bespoke, simple and situations of no written contract. He also has extensive experience of FIDIC and various standard and ad hoc forms of contract in various countries in Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, PRC and Australia.
He has also worked on a variety of works which include building, civil engineering, airports, mining, infrastructure, Oil & Gas Facilities, Marine Civil Engineering and Process works. This has been in both a project related and Arbitration environment, where the work has involved the analysis of large amounts of data to produce independent valuations related to a range of claims including delay and disruption, prolongation and variations.
He has been appointed as a Quantum Expert Witness on a number of construction disputes, acting for both claimant and respondent, working with major firms of solicitors and barristers. He has given evidence in the High Court twice and in domestic and international Arbitrations on seventeen separate occasions, as well as in various Mediations and Conciliations. Mike is also a CEDR accredited mediator.
Mike has also been listed in the Who’s Who Legal Directory of Expert Witnesses as a Global Elite Thought Leader which says he is “an exceedingly thorough and diligent expert who is cool under pressure and excellent in the witness box”.