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Melvyn Smith

J.S. Held expands equipment consulting practice with the acquisition of Werlinger & Associates.

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Melvyn Smith
 

Vice President

 

+44 (0) 1249 443118 (Work)
+44 7711 421343 (Mobile)
10 Forest Gate
Pewsham, Chippenham SN15 3RS

Melvyn D. Smith is a quantity surveyor with wide experience in preparation and prosecution of contractual claims under most of the standard forms of main contract and subcontract for contractors and subcontractors and in defence of claims for contractors. Melvyn is an experienced quantum expert witness in litigation and arbitration including being a court appointed joint expert as well as being involved in several mediations. Melvyn has given evidence as a witness of fact in The Scottish Commercial court, Edinburgh quarter sessions, in a dispute concerning the installation of security systems and has been involved in representation of contractors in UK adjudications and international Dispute Adjudication boards. Melvyn is experienced in assisting solicitors and counsel in the preparation of statements of case for arbitration and litigation proceedings and in proofing witnesses in their statements. He sits as a member on international Dispute Adjudication Boards.

Melvyn is also responsible for the activities of Leach Group International commissions, manager of the Abu Dhabi office and carries out in the UK post contract services to major building, civil engineering, mechanical, electrical and specialist engineering contractors, as well as consulting engineers and architects, on a wide variety of projects and disciplines.

Melvyn’s International experience includes work in North Carolina for a UK based civil engineering contractor on roadwork claims. In Spain, for the mechanical and electrical divisions of a major Spanish contractor on a duel cycle gas fired power station and in witness proofing on behalf of a Spanish contractor in Portugal for arbitration proceedings. Preparation of extension of time and disruption claims for a Spanish contractor in San Juan, Puerto Rico concerning the construction of an urban railway. Identification, preparation and presentation of claims to the value of $80,000,000 for the civil engineering works of a Saudi Arabia oil refinery project. Preparation of earthwork claims for presentation to a Dispute Adjudication Board in Mozambique regarding a 75km road project and preparation of claims on a major dam construction in Ethiopia. He prepared and presented the contractor’s statement of claim to a dispute resolution expert regarding extension of time on an output and performance based road contract [OPRC] concerning 180km of road in the Ukraine. He prepared the extension of time claims for a LNG plant in North West Russia, and compensation claims concerning 415km of rail rehabilitation project in Turkey. He was elected a member of a three-man DAB in Liberia.

Melvyn was involved in the audit of a UK owned USA specialist engineering Security Company. This involved analysis of the viability of existing security contracts in the State of California and the preparation of claims ($12 million) on two new prison contracts in Southern California. This included following the claims through to successful conclusion in Arbitration.

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