CHRISTOPHER ALBON'S CURRICULUM VITAE
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
Barrister Training Course - BTC (September 2022 - On-going)
Currently undertaking the Barrister Training Course (part-time) with a scholarship at BPP Law School. Expected completion in Summer 2024.
Post Graduate Diploma in Law - PGDL (September 2020 - August 2022)
Successfully completed (Pass with Merit) a law conversion diploma (part-time) at BPP Law School with a scholarship.
Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - FRICS (October 2018)
Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS).
Achieved fellowship status in October 2018.
Diploma in Adjudication (RICS) - DipAdj (August 2018)
Successfully completed the RICS Diploma in Adjudication (DipAdj)
Successfully completed and passed all assessments.
Member of the Chartered Institution of Building - MCIOB (December 2017)
Member of the Chartered Institution of Building (MCIOB): Chartered Construction Manager.
Achieved membership status in December 2017.
Member of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors - MCInstCES (August 2017)
Member of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (MCInstCES)
Achieved membership status in August 2017.
Legal Experience Training - Advanced Professional Award in Expert Witness Evidence (July 2017)
RICS Accredited Qualification (LETAPAEWE).
Accredited at Masters level by Edexcel.
Successfully completed and passed all assessments (including mock cross-examination) in July 2017.
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - FCIArb (December 2016)
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
Achieved fellowship status in December 2016 after successfully passing the Arbitral Award Writing Examination and attending the Peer Interview.
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - MCIArb (December 2016)
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
Achieved membership status in December 2016.
Masters Degree (September 2014 - September 2016)
MSc Construction Law and Dispute Resolution (Pass with Merit)
Postgraduate Masters in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution; Kings College London.
Chartered Surveyor - MRICS (May 2014)
Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)
Achieved membership status in May 2014.
Undergraduate Degree (September 2006 - July 2011)
BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying (Completed on a part-time basis: September 2006 – July 2011)
Undergraduate Degree in Quantity Surveying; Anglia Ruskin University.
Upper Second Class (2:1)
UK Adjudicators Panel Adjudicator.
Former ABTA Arbitrator producing several Arbitration Awards under the Arbitration Act 1996.
Former Committee member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) East Anglia Branch (2018-2019).
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Dispute Appointment Service (DAS) panel member of Experts for matters concerning Expert Determination.
Member of the Society of Construction Law.
Member of the Adjudication Society.
Student Member of The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn
I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with over 17 years’ experience in the property and construction industry. I have worked in the commercial sector, undertaking both refurbishment and new build projects, within the private residential, student residential & office accommodation markets.
A dynamic and ambitious results driven professional with a successful background in cost and management.
My area of expertise is project cost control, where I have been responsible for managing cost on projects ranging in value from £50,000 to over £120 million, from inception through to project completion.
Committed to achieving and exceeding demanding targets and business objectives whilst remaining focused on providing an exceptional standard of service to clients.
Possesses excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills, with the ability to influence decisions and build successful internal and external relationships. Enjoys being part of, as well as managing and motivating, a successful and productive team. Thrives in highly pressurised and challenging environments. Demonstrates high levels of motivation and initiative.
I have been appointed as a Quantum Expert and have further worked on a number of arbitrations and litigations across a range of sectors (both domestic and international), providing quantum expert witness support on claims worth collectively over one billion pounds. The tasks completed, have included detailed analysis of claims, quantity surveying valuations of work and report writing. I have also assisted lawyers directly when preparing quantum documents for submission.
Successfully completed my postgraduate Masters qualification in Construction Law & Dispute Resolution from King’s College London (with Merit) as well as the additional ‘Arbitral Award Writing Examination’. I have further successfully completed the Advanced Professional Award in Expert Witness Evidence accredited by the RICS and a Diploma in Adjudication organised and accredited by the RICS to become a qualified Adjudicator.
I sit as an Adjudicator on UK Adjudicators panel and previously sat as an acting Arbitrator under the ABTA scheme, successfully serving several binding awards under the Arbitration Act 1996.
Recently secured and commenced a scholarship to BPP University (Law School) to undertake the Barrister Training Course (BTC) to become dual-qualified. Expected completion of the course in Summer 2024.
CONSTRUCTION SPECIFIC WORK EXPERIENCE
ALBON CONSTRUCTION SERVICES LTD
November 2016 - Present
Director of a multi-disciplinary practice offering Expert Witness, Claims and Quantity Surveying Services.
Successfully acted as Party Representative within multiple Adjudications.
Successfully acted as Party Representative in collating and forming party’s claims in final account settlements and extensions of time.
Reviewed, negotiated and agreed contract terms, provisions and particulars on behalf of multiple Clients, Contractors and Subcontractors when entering into construction contracts both in the UK and internationally (including but not limited to, Turkey, Kuwait, Tanzania, Iraq, Germany and USA).
Commercial advisor to multiple Clients, Contractors and Subcontractors for on-going UK and international construction projects.
Successful claims review and defence on a £100m+ project in central London.
Assisted various companies with the preparation of both tender and contract documentation.
Conducted company training on commercial and contractual issues to a variety of companies (including solicitors, consultants, and contractors).
Appointed as Contract Administrator on a new build £25m project in London.
Appointed as Contract Administrator on a £150k commercial office refurbishment in Central London.
Appointed as Contract Administrator on a £4m process facility and office building in London.
Appointed as Employer’s Agent on a £600k student residential new build in Birmingham.
Appointed as Employer’s Agent on a £3.5m private residential new build scheme in Wimbledon, London.
Appointed as Project Manager on a £30m new build mixed use scheme consisting of a basement, 3 storeys of commercial / office accommodation and 11 storeys of private residential.
Appointed to undertake fire insurance valuations to a large private family portfolio worth in excess of £130m.
Appointed as a consultant to tender and formulate a framework agreement for a major London University.
Appointed as Quantity Surveyor on a £700k office strip-out and Cat A refurbishment in Central London.
Appointed as Project Manager on a £25m office refurbishment in Central London.
Appointed as both Quantity Surveyor and Employer’s Agent on a £3m new build residential development in west London.
Appointed as both Quantity Surveyor and Employer’s Agent on two student residential projects in Birmingham.
Reviewed claim on a major project in Vietnam.
Claims defence on behalf of multiple clients against an insolvent Contractor.
Completed multiple life-cycle costing tasks on numerous public sector buildings (police station and fire stations) in the West of England.
BLACKROCK PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT LLP
July 2015 – November 2016
Senior Surveyor (July 2015 – December 2015) / Managing Consultant (January 2016-November 2016)
Appointed as Quantum Expert on behalf of a high-wealth Client on an Adjudication for a ‘loss and expense’ and relief from liquidated damages claim on a commercial fit-out in Central London.
Assistant Quantum Expert on behalf of a consultant in relation to a Technology and Construction Court (TCC) case regarding a Professional Negligence claim for the remedial costs of works carried out to a UK Waste to Energy Plant.
Assistant Quantum Expert on behalf of a consultant for a TCC case regarding a Professional Negligence claim for the remedial costs of works carried out to a television media centre and studio within the UK.
Assistant Quantum Expert on behalf of a blue chip company in relation to a TCC matter regarding a Professional Negligence claim for the remedial costs of works carried out following a structural failure.
Assistant Quantum Advisor on behalf of an international contractor in relation to a termination and build‐out project of a UK Waste to Energy Plant.
Assistant Quantum Expert on behalf of a Korean contractor in relation to an ICC Arbitration over the final account in relation to a new LPG Train at a refinery in the Middle East.
Assistant Quantum Expert on behalf of a European Country in relation to an ICC Arbitration over the termination of a Joint Venture Contract for the construction of a major rail infrastructure project.
Assistant Quantum Expert on behalf of a Joint Venture Contractor in relation to an ICC Arbitration for a professional negligence claim on a major infrastructure (road) project in South-East Europe.
A member of the Quantum expert team on a very tall tower and large mixed use development in the Middle-East (Dubai).
April 2015 – July 2015
Manage relations for multiple clients in a large variety of market sectors, which has subsequently led to repeat work and helped grow the business. Provide clients with a personal service and thorough cost control and reporting on all of the projects I am involved with.
Appointed as the legal services figure for the company by the Managing Partner. Personally manage appointment, warranty and contractual queries and likewise am the immediate contact at the company for any contractual issues raised on any of projects the business is involved with.
April 2014 – April 2015
Managed projects ranging in value from £70,000 to over £20million, being the sole contact for Beadmans in a client facing role. Completed full spectrum of activities expected from a quantity surveyor, including but not limited to undertaking early feasibility advice and cost exercises, full cost planning to detailed design stage, collating and issuing tenders to main contractors, main contract assembly, monthly valuations, change control, financial reporting and final account negotiations.
Performed Project Management, Contract Administrator and Employer's Agent roles as well as Quantity Surveying duties on a variety of projects in a vast range of market sectors for multiple clients.
Gained vast experience using the JCT suite of contracts.
April 2010 – April 2014
Assistant Project Surveyor
Continued learning and development and given greater responsibility on projects. Managed projects under limited supervision from the directors of the company.
March 2006 – April 2010
Trainee Project Surveyor
Worked on a variety of prestigious projects such as Highbury Square, Allen & Overy London HQ and Nido Spitalfields. Experienced working in a range of sectors such as commercial new build, fit-out, data environment (industrial) and M&E as part of the company’s graduate rotation programme, which was a year’s duration.
Managed individual subcontractor works packages from budget stage to final account. As recognition for not only the ability I demonstrated for my age at the time, yet also the hard work and desire to learn I continued to show, I was nominated for Building Magazine’s ‘Young QS of the year award’ by AYH in December 2008.