FTI adds five hires to Construction Solutions practice in Malaysia

28 January 2022 Consultancy.asia 3 min. read
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FTI Consulting has significantly beefed up its Construction Solutions practice in Malaysia with the addition of five professionals.

Part of the Forensic and Litigation Consulting division, FTI Consulting’s Construction Solutions practice supports players in the construction and engineering industries with commercial management, risk-based advisory and dispute resolution services for their projects.

Drawing on a multidisciplinary set of backgrounds and skillsets, the practice blends technical, business, regulatory, legal and expert testimony expertise to provide for an integrated offering.

Garth McComb, Brandon Fu, Thomas Ong, Yohanan Palmer, Premala Naidu

The five new professionals – who all cross over from counterpart Driver Trett – specialise in expert witness and dispute resolution, and bring a combined 80 years of experience in the field to the consulting firm.

Garth McComb (appointed a Managing Director) brings more than 25 years of experience, predominantly in Asia, in the cost and contract management of numerous construction projects. He has experience presenting, debating and negotiating a range of claim issues at mediation, in the preparation of witness statements and giving evidence at hearings in matters of arbitration and litigation.

Recent assignments have involved quantum and delay analysis and dispute management for arbitrations and matters in litigation, as well as providing commercial and contract management services.

Brandon Fu (appointed an Associate Director) is a delay analyst with 14 years of experience in various sectors including building, railway, power generation and marine civil in the Middle East and Asia. He is experienced in delay claims preparation and assessment, planning and scheduling and acting as lead assistant to delay experts.

Fu has acted as lead assistant to the delay expert in various arbitration proceedings and other dispute resolution processes.

Thomas Ong (appointed a Senior Consultant) has 20 years of industry experience with main contractors, project delivery partners and claim consultants, predominantly relating to projects within high-rise building and infrastructure sectors. He specialises in delay analysis, planning and programming, project control, monitoring and project management.

Ong has experience in technical delay analysis and has assisted expert witnesses in the preparation and review of expert witness reports with time-related issues in dispute resolution services.

Yohanan Palmer (appointed a Senior Consultant) has over seven years of experience in the construction industry. He has worked on numerous projects, including pre and post formalisation of contracts, administration, and management of these projects.

Palmer is well versed with the adjudication and arbitration proceedings and has prepared, reviewed and advised either developers or contractors throughout the course of various projects.

Commenting on the team hire, Graham McNeill, a Senior Managing Director and Global Leader of the Construction Solutions practice at FTI Consulting, said: “The addition of Garth and his team further strengthens our expert witness capabilities in the region, solidifying our Construction Solutions practice as the leading provider of dispute resolution services in Asia Pacific.”

Premala Naidu (appointed a Senior Consultant) has over 19 years of work experience in the construction industry and specialises in claim preparation and defences, as well as providing detailed analysis of contract and project documents. She has assisted experts in the analysis and assessment of quantum claims and counterclaims in numerous matters.

In addition, Naidu is highly experienced in quantum and contractual entitlement assessment, claim strength analysis, report writing and preparing affidavits for adjudication and arbitration.