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.