Patrick O'Connor - CURRICULUM VITAE:
Barrister (Non-Practising), LLB, FCIArb, Former Deputy Master of Queens Bench Division
(High Court UK),
Former Judge of the High Court Kenya, Chartered Arbitrator, Member of the DRBF. Trained DRB Chairman.
Patrick O'Connor has more than 30 years experience in arbitration and litigation. He is a consultant in construction disputes and in alternative disputes resolution procedures (ADR). He is a Chartered Arbitrator, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a regular contributor to the Arbitration Journal.
After being called to the Bar, Mr O'Connor has, for the most part, specialised in construction law, commercial law and arbitration. He is presently retained as counsel to a UK Public Company specialising in construction disputes.
Mr O'Connor has regularly participated in interlocutory hearings and arbitration hearings in his capacity either as Master of the Queens Bench Division, a Judge, Arbitrator or Advocate.
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Legal Counsel and advocate in a $40 million oil pipeline arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules.
Provided legal opinion to Argentinean clients on a $400 million water project in Saudi Arabia .
Provided legal representation to a client in Tanzania with respect to a large hydroelectric scheme.
Legal Counsel to a client in Ethiopia in a $30 million international arbitration arising out of the
construction of a sugar factory.
Legal Counsel to a South African client in a $15 million airport dispute.
Legal Counsel to a major international contractor with a large water dispute in Zimbabwe.
Advised a number of clients on World Bank/IFC funded projects, including a major hydroelectric
scheme in Uganda .
Appointed arbitrator in a number of ICC arbitrations.
Experience of several American Arbitration Association arbitrations, many arising out of the A.I.A.
Arbitrator in a commercial dispute between a Turkish Company and a Spanish Company.
Arbitrator in a multimillion-dollar dispute in the Bahamas .
Arbitrator in a large Banking dispute in Kenya.
Co-arbitrator in a multinational commercial dispute in Bangladesh.
Co-arbitrator in a commercial dispute between a Sudanese Company and a Kenyan based
Counsel in an arbitration on the new International Airport in Ethiopia.
Arbitrator or Counsel in a number of arbitrations involving FIDIC.
Appointed Expert for determination of large PFI dispute.
Arbitrator in a multi-million dollar dispute in Barbados
Retained as Counsel to advise and pursue claims arising out of F.A.R.contracts in Iraq.
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Consultant in domestic and international arbitration and the ADR process either as an arbitrator or as an adviser/advocate. Regularly appointed as an arbitrator and Mediator.
Founder member of three User Councils of the London Court of International Arbitration. Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Special Fellowship Course for lawyers with 10 years litigation experience, including courses and examinations run overseas.
Retained as Counsel or Arbitrator in disputes in:
UK, Spain, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, Jordan, Qatar, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Italy, Cayman Islands, Antigua, Zanzibar, Turkey, Nigeria, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Austria, Bahamas, U.S.A, Turks and Caicos, Bermuda, Barbados, United Arab Emirates, India and Iraq.
Particular areas of expertise include:
All manner of building disputes based on standard forms and bespoke contracts.
Petrochemical disputes up and down stream.
Civil Engineering disputes
Water supply disputes
Sewage disposal plant disputes
Sugar and Ethanol Processing Plant.
Experience of a number of diverse commercial international arbitrations as party or Institutional appointed arbitrator.
As Head of the Commercial Division of the High Court of Kenya experience was also gained of a number of shipping and Banking disputes.
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The rise (or is it the demise?) of arbitration in Kenya .
The law is a suit to be worn, not a straitjacket.
The truth is a lie that hasn't been discovered yet.
Alternative Dispute Resolution; Panacea or Placebo?
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