Paul Kelly

Delay Expert

Expert Highlights

  • Over 40 years of experience in the construction and engineering industries.
  • Recent experience includes a free school, major temporary works, a nitrogen plant, historic building refurbishment and road project / rail projects.
  • Chartered Construction Manager (Chartered Builder) with a focus on forensic delay analysis and entitlement (or not) to extension of time.
  • Appointed as the delay expert on numerous occasions in litigation, adjudication, and domestic / international arbitration.
  • Proven as a credible expert witness – cross-examined on eight occasions in arbitrations including concurrent cross-examination (hot-tubbing).
  • Cardiff University Bond Solon Expert Witness certificate holder.
  • Works closely with solicitors and counsel to produce CPR compliant reports that are clear and understandable.

As a Chartered Construction Manager (Chartered Builder) I have acted as the party appointed delay expert in various forums including litigation, adjudication and both domestic and international arbitration. I specialise in the analysis and evaluation of entitlement (or not) to extension of time. I have been instructed on behalf of claimants and respondents on wide range of projects and forms of contract across many sectors. I have given evidence under cross-examination in Paris, Bucharest, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Lesotho and London.

I have major construction project experience: Construction including residential, commercial and industrial. Infrastructure including road, rail and shipbuilding. Industrial including process plants.

I undertake critical path analysis using planning and programming software, typically Primavera P6, Asta PowerProject and MS Project.

Post-nominal initials include FCIOB, FAE, MCIArb and MAPM. I am also a member of the Adjudication Society.


HND Building Construction
Diploma in Construction Management and Economics

Professional Memberships

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB)
Fellow of the Academy of Experts (FAE)
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
Member of the Association for Project Management (MAPM)