Jim McDonald

Delay & Quantum Expert

Expert Highlights

  • Over 40 years’ experience contracting in the construction and engineering industries
  • 20 years in consulting as a testifying expert witness
  • Experience as Quantum Expert appointed in adjudication, litigation, arbitration in Saudi Arabia, Africa, USA and the UK and a proven credible expert witness under cross-examination
  • Expert determiner/Arbitrator in dispute regarding extensions of time, loss & expense and acceleration agreement at Gulf State Embassy in London
  • Providing Expert Advice on projects ranging from the Fourth Road Bridge, Northern Line Extension, Astute nuclear submarines at Faslane Scotland, new power plant near Johannesburg, three 40 storey hotels in Doha, Qatar, PFI tertiary education facility in Scotland, oil rig collision in transit with a major bridge in Central Scotland, Public Building in Washington DC and correction facility in Texas, USA
  • Quantum advice to 13 party multi-national consortium on a high-speed rail project in Saudi Arabia, LRT transit project in Toronto Canada, hydro-electricity scheme in the North of Scotland, the Glasgow Recycling and Renewal Energy Centre, Muscat International Airport, Oman and Controls and Electrical Systems contractor at the New Doha International Airport, UAE
  • Numerous articles on construction law published


+44 (0)7791 935526

Based in Glasgow

Service: Delay & Quantum

With over 40 years of experience in the construction industry and having initially trained as a quantity surveyor in private practice, his direct involvement in dispute resolution extends to over 30 years. He has represented domestic contractors, international contractors and client organisations in a wide variety of disputes involving building, civil engineering, heavy industrial and specialist electronic works. He has also been extensively involved in providing procurement advice.

Jim is a former member of the RICS QS and Construction Professionals board and an examiner for the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.

Jim also practices pursuing small claims, summary causes and ordinary causes in connection with construction matters in the Sheriff Courts in Scotland on behalf of consultants, contractors, and sub-contractors.

He also provides training on the administration of contracts using various forms of contract including FIDIC, NECS, ICE and SBC and including the practical applications of the Construction Acts.

Fully trained in the use of MS Project, ASTA Power Project and Primavera planning software.


LLM in Construction Law

Professional Memberships

Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
Former Member of the Association of Commercial Attorneys
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators