Graham Hicks

Graham Hicks

Work History

Work History
2005 - Present

Associate Director

Management and mentoring of colleagues; business development; preparation of proposals; etc.  Assignments include:

  • Seconded to Sorouh Real Estate as Senior Contracts Manager on their Shams Project in Abu Dhabi, overseeing the team responsible for the preparation and evaluation of tenders, evaluating and issuing Site Instructions and Variations Orders to consultants and contractors, and the management of claims.
  • The review of subcontract documents and preparation of an initial report for a design build contractor for a 400 kv - 132 kv substation to advise where its civil works subcontractor may be able to substantiate claims and how to reduce its risk in relation to such potential claims. Preparation of Settlement Agreement to address claims and changes to the terms of the subcontract.
  • The review of contract documents and preparation of an initial report for a contractor to advise how best to proceed in light of the current suspension of the 18 storey residential building works.
  • The preparation of claims and contractual correspondence for an MEP subcontractor on the New Doha International Airport, Qatar.
  • The review of contract documents and preparation of an initial report for a Brazilian oil rig leasing company to advise where its contractor may be able to substantiate claims.
  • The preparation of claims for a subcontractor constructing a building to house a district cooling plant.
  • The preparation of an independent third party review of a contractor's claims and the developer's defences stating opinions of the relative positions and making recommendations as to how the two parties should settle their differences.
  • Acting Senior Contracts Manager Sorouh Real Estate's Shams Project in Abu Dhabi overseeing the team responsible for evaluating and issuing Site Instructions and Variations Orders to consultants and contractors, in addition to managing claims.
  • Analysing conditions of contract and reporting to various tenderers on the extent of risk inherent in the contract terms.
  • Assigned at first to prepare an initial extension of time claim for the main contractor on an international-class Cricket Stadium in Dubai Sports City, the role soon expanded to include the preparation of all contractual correspondence and contract claims, representing the contractor in commercial meetings, overseeing the preparation of all contract, as-built, delay and acceleration programmes and briefing lawyers and the client's overseas Directors. The preparation of defence documents in preparation for a subcontractor-instigated court case, the claim defence submission gave rise to the subcontractor dropping the court case.
  • On behalf of the association of funding banks for the Khalidiyah Palace Rotana Hotel & Residences, he carried out the role of Project Management Oversight for the advanced works contracts and the main building contract. Mr. Hicks monitored progress and construction costs, including vetting consultants' and contractors' invoices, to ensure the banks' interests were protected.
  • Mr. Hicks analysed the bespoke contract terms for the American University, New Cairo, Egypt and prepared a chapter on the contract risks for insertion into the delay claim submission.
  • On this 34 storey residential tower for Madina Towers, Jumeirah, Dubai, he carried out research into the claims events history, interpreted the unique contract terms and prepared the first in a series of interim extension of time requests including detailed analyses of cause and effect leading to contractual entitlement. The claim submission provided detailed substantiations of the contract provisions which gave rise to the various claims and lead to the Contractor being awarded all the extensions of time requested.
  • On the Dubai Airport Expansion Project for the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), he prepared reports providing independent opinions to the DCA on a number of contractual claims raised by various contractors working on the expansion of the airport. His research concluded generally that the contractors had fairly and reasonably complied with the contractual and technical requirements to establish in-principle entitlement, but that their demonstrations of entitlement were incomplete. Nevertheless, recommendations for reasonable settlements were proposed.
  • On the Al Wahda City 1 Development, Abu Dhabi, which includes a hotel, a 32 storey commercial building and a 32 storey residential building, he carried out an analysis of the particular contract terms and conditions and prepared a report to a tenderer on the many risks inherent in the bespoke contract terms.
  • On the Al Ruwais Refinery Expansion Project General Utilities Plant Expansion contract involving, inter alia, 4 no. 385 MW gas turbine powered generators, Waste Heat Recovery boilers, steam generation, water desalination and de-mineralisation, Mr. Hicks provided claims advice and an opinion report to the client, TAKREER (ADNOC), on an assessment of the EPC contractor's US$ 80 million claims for EOT, acceleration, disruption and other matters. It was concluded that the claims were valid in principle, but, due to the contractor's failure to adequately substantiate its claims, Hill advised that TAKREER should settle for no more than US$ 20 million.
  • This contract for the replacement/upgrading of Gas Chlorination Water Treatment Systems with Sodium Hypochlorite Systems on 13 sites throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi was let by ADWEA. Mr. Hicks carried out research into the claims events history, interpreted the unusual contract terms and prepared the contractor's extension of time request including detailed analyses of cause and effect leading to contractual entitlement. The claim submission provided detailed substantiations of the contract provisions which gave rise to the various claims.
  • On the Kingdom Centre Project in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Mr. Hicks advised the cladding subcontractor on its claims against the main contractor. Responsibilities included research into the claims events history, interpreting the terms of the contract, the Memorandum of Understanding which amended a number of the contract terms and, in particular, the technical specifications, subsequently reporting to the subcontractor on its chances of success at the forthcoming arbitration. Mr. Hicks concluded and advised that the subcontractor had mis-interpreted the technical specifications and had mis-construed the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding, effectively giving up its remaining rights to claim which would result in its chances at arbitration being negligible.
1995 - 2005

Managing DIrector

Graham Hicks & Associates Ltd

Assignments included:

  • East Rail Extensions, Tsim Sha Tsui Railway Station and associated Running Tunnels. Assisting the main contractor with the preparation and management of claims for extensions of time. Managing a team researching and preparing delay and disruption claims submissions, preparing the claims submission narratives and advising the Contractor on his position in respect to the contract terms.
  • Analysing the KCRC contract conditions for an overseas contractor tendering for one of the East Rail Extensions contracts and reporting on the risks imposed by the contract provisions and recommending procedures to be adopted to protect himself from unnecessary risk.
  • Assisting one of the contractors for Hong Kong's new International Airport with the preparation and management of extensive claims for additional time and cost. The preparation of delay and disruption claims submissions including delay/disruption impacted programmes. Providing advice on the contractual/legal aspects of the contractor's position and developing strategies to progress the claims with the Airport Authority. Part of the contractor's team attending commercial negotiations which culminated in the successful settlement of claims.
  • Assisting Highways Department's Construction Management team with its analysis and defence of the Contractor's extensive time and cost claims for the Kwai Chung Viaducts section of the Route 3 project. Analysis of the Contractor's delay/disruption impacted programmes and preparation of defence statements. Part of the Highways Department's team attending several mediations with the Contractor culminating in settlements of 340 claims.
  • Preparing a part of the Feasibility Study report on the South East Kowloon Development which dealt with the timing of the clearance of existing developments, the re-housing of residents, the relocation of businesses and the construction of new infrastructure and commercial and residential developments, including the preparation of a resource loaded programme of the redevelopment to assess re-housing and other temporary needs.
  • Developing a human resource management system based on Primavera P3 for the Hong Kong office of an international consultant to determine and manage it's human resource requirements for all of the company's projects in order to improve the company's servicing of its clients' needs.  Training of staff in the system's use.
1992 - 1995

Senior Projects Manager

Crow Maunsell Management Consultants Ltd

Responsibilities included:

  • Preparing bespoke conditions of contract for design-build-operate contracts for the Restoration of the 3 Tseung Kwan O Landfills, the North Lantau and Sha Tin Refuse Transfer Stations and the Low-level Radioactive Waste Storage Facility on behalf of the Environmental Protection Department.
  • Developing and implementing various parts of the Works Branch 'Public Works Information Management System' (PIMS), which was a bespoke project planning system enabling the various Works Departments to plan and resource each and every one their projects and enabling automatic summary and/or detailed reporting to senior management. Training senior government staff in the capabilities of the system and demonstrating the advantages to be gained from its implementation.
  • Establishing computer software and hardware needs, with emphasis on document management systems, on behalf of local and international contractors, implementing the systems and training staff in their use.
  • Researching off-the-shelf information management systems and assessing their capabilities in order to select preferred systems for recommendation to clients.
  • Developing human resource management systems based on Primavera P3 for several Government Works Departments to determine and plan their requirements for the effective implementation of their portions of the Public Works Programme.
  • In conjunction with McKinsey & Co. Management Consultants, auditing of over 300 Public Works projects to determine the nature and level of risks to the scopes of works, budgets and programmes for each project and reporting the findings to the Secretary for Works, including the presentation of implementation plans to mitigate the risks found.
  • Managing a study to model medium to long term human resource supply, based on historical statistics, demand forecasts and predicted development projects, for Hong Kong's construction industry and developing the recommended forecasting system based on Primavera P3. Presentation of the system to the Secretary for Works and leading figures in the construction industry.
  • Planning, scheduling and resourcing, using Primavera P3, the construction works as part of major contractors' tenders for a variety of significant Hong Kong projects, including Container Terminal 9 and the Airport Platform Contract.
  • Training the staff of a major international contractor, at its European Head Quarters, in Primavera P3 planning and resourcing techniques.
  • Carrying out a study to determine the time, cost and resource implications of major unforeseen ground problems found on the West Kowloon Expressway and reporting to the client. Proposing engineering solutions and programming, costing and resourcing of the proposed contract variations to the client, including the assessment of their effects on the Airport Core Programme.
  • Managing the preparation of the tender submissions, including extensive cost modelling for a variety of possible waste streams and design, construction and operations programming, for the WENT and SENT Landfill projects on behalf of an international waste management operator.
1991 - 1991

Senior Engineer

Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick

Responsibilities included:

  • Managing the development of standardised design-build-operate contracts for the privatisation of Hong Kong's strategic landfills on behalf of the Environmental Protection Department, including the direction of legal, environmental, and financial sub-consultants, liaison with Government departments and the writing of reports explaining the proposed contract terms for submission to and agreement with the Attorney General's Chambers.
1988 - 1990

Senior Project Manager

Finlan Property Developments Ltd

Responsibilities included:

  • Managing the project management team responsible for implementing the start-up and expansion of a major development programme consisting of a new line of nation-wide out-of-town superstores.
  • Overall time, cost and resource planning, control and tracking of progress of the developments.
  • Managing the preparation of contract documents and the procurement of design consultants and contractors.
  • Appointing, directing and advising lawyers with respect to a negligence claim against one of the design consultants.
  • Specifying and managing the development of an information management system to record and track all relevant data relating to several hundred actual and potential developments.
  • Introducing to the Department computer-based project planning, selecting and installing the system and training staff in its use.
1980 - 1988

Senior Engineer

Ove Arup & Partners

Responsibilities included:

  • Managing over 100 civil engineering design projects for Government and private clients.
  • Acting as the company's representative in the design-build contractor's office coordinating Arup's designs with those of the contractor's other specialist designers for the Tuen Mun-Yuen Long Light Rail Transit System.
  • Acting as the Engineer on numerous construction contracts and agreeing accounts and settling claims.
  • Introducing computer-based project planning systems to the office, using the systems to plan and track progress on projects and demonstrating the advantages of this to colleagues.
  • Developing various bespoke computerised information management systems as well as developing computer modelling tools for a variety of engineering applications.
1976 - 1980

Senior Engineer

Responsibilities included:

  • Managing the implementation of over 100 bridge projects in the national public works programme.
  • Preparing consulting agreements and appointing and managing design consultants.
  • Preparing contract documents, managing the tender process and administering construction contracts.
  • Negotiating the settlement of claims with contractors, including defending the Department against excessive or invalid contractors' claims.
  • On-site search and selection of locations for bridge crossings.
  • Carrying out seismic, hydrologic and hydraulic modelling.
  • Design of concrete, steel, timber and bailey bridges.
  • Developing software for hydrologic and hydraulic analyses.
1974 - 1976

Bridges Engineer

Humberside County Council

Responsibilities included:

  • Designing rehabilitation and upgrading works for several major steel swing and lifting bridges.
  • Designing reinforced and prestressed concrete bridges.
1970 - 1974


Lindsey County Council

Responsibilities included:

  • Resident Engineer for a 3,000 sq. m. steel framed industrial building.
  • Deputy Resident Engineer (Bridges) for a prestressed, post-tensioned concrete 3-span bridge and 2 reinforced concrete pedestrian underpasses.
  • Assistant Resident Engineer (Roads) for an urban relief road.
  • Designing highways, including motorways.


1966 - 1970

B. Sc.

Trent Polytechnic



Contract administration

Construction claims

UAE contract law

English contract law

Contract interpretation


Mr. Hicks is a Chartered Engineer with some 40 years experience in the construction industry in the UK, Oceania, the Far East and the Middle East.  He has extensive experience in construction, project management, project planning, construction claims and contract law.

Mr. Hicks has developed particular expertise in the preparation, prosecution and defence of claims for additional time and cost arising out of his background in construction, project planning and the administration of contracts.

His construction experience covers a wide range of engineering projects including; power stations, airports, railways, highways, bridges, marine works, container terminals, high-rise and industrial buildings, sports stadia and environmental engineering including waste management facilities.

His varied experience has lead to him having become proficient in the use of various project planning packages such as Primavera P3, Primavera SureTrak, PowerProject, MS Project, Timeline, various document management packages such as Primavera Expedition and PIMS, the MS Office packages of Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint, computer languages such as C, Basic, Fortran and dBase and various operating systems such as DOS, Windows, OS/2 and Linux.


Society of Construction Law, UK

Society of Construction Law, UAE

Past member of the Institute of Civil Engineers


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