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Appropriate contract selection

Richard Hawkins FRICS FCIArb



Richard Hawkins is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor (FRICS) by profession, having worked for twenty years for building contractors in London and the south of England from 1964, rising from the position of management trainee to that of Surveying Dept Manager.  In 1984 Hawkins joined, what was then, James R Knowles and Associates.  Since that time, as an Executive Director and Manager of Knowles’ office in Winchester, Hampshire, Hawkins specialised in the avoidance, management and resolution of disputes in the construction industry.


During his 28 years with Knowles Hawkins advised clients from all aspects of the industry in both contentious and non-contentious issues.  Much of this involved the management of clients’ interests in formal dispute resolution procedures including arbitration, adjudication and mediation.  Hawkins has been a practising arbitrator since 1987 when he was elected as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


Experience gained during his time with Knowles included extensive involvement with the construction of railway infrastructure, including what is now known as High Speed 1, the line between the Channel Tunnel and St Pancras in London.  Involvement in various complicated issues in the construction of new healthcare facilities led to him being invited in 2004 to assist a NHS Trust and its design and build contractor to broker a compromise settlement, thus avoiding a complicated and costly dispute resolution procedure.


Hawkins left Knowles at the end of 2012 to enable him to concentrate on non-contentious matters, including dispensing advice on the avoidance of disputes; prevention being preferable to cure.


Richard Hawkins has lectured extensively on contractual issues, both at public seminars and by way of bespoke in-house training to clients.  He is also a published author on the practical interpretation of various contractual and legal procedures.

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