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Our Guest Speakers
Maria Fisentzou (FTI Consulting, UK)
Maria is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a testified Delay Expert and CEDR Accredited Mediator with over 30 years’ experience. Maria started her career working for engineering firms as a structural designer and project manager. Later in her career, she joined the contracting sector where she spent 15 years in construction management, planning engineering and commercial management in different parts of the world. Maria has acted as a party-appointed delay expert on several projects. Her expert witness work for public building construction, shipbuilding, and the oil & gas, wind, nuclear and solar power industries involved carrying out delay analysis, preparation of independent expert reports and liaising with counsel and instructing solicitors. Maria has given oral expert evidence in international arbitration proceedings, domestic adjudication, and mediation proceedings.
Karen Gough (39 Essex Chambers)
Karen Gough practises internationally as counsel, attorney-at-law, arbitrator, adjudicator and ADR neutral. She has specialised, for more than 30 years, in complex construction, engineering, professional negligence and general commercial disputes whether resolved by litigation, arbitration or ADR. She represents a wide range of clients including governments, government agencies, local authorities, educational institutions, contractors, sub-contractors, and major commercial organisations. Her construction practice includes disputes concerning private domestic and commercial industrial and retail developments, major public works and infrastructure projects including water, sewage, energy and power plants, nuclear facilities, hospitals, prisons, schools, roads, rail, and sea defences. She has dealt with all manner of disputes under many SFCs including JCT, NEC and FIDIC, including claims for payment, extensions of time, delay and disruption, termination disputes and other specialist disputes involving complex M&E and building management systems, ground conditions, cladding and roofing projects.