CEDR Panel member since 2013
Murray Armes is a Chartered Architect, Chartered Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Expert Witness, Dispute Board Member and Mediator. He is the founder and Managing Director of Sense Studio Limited, an architectural practice specialising in dispute resolution for the construction industry.
Over the last few years he has worked on appointments related to construction disputes in the UK, Europe, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He is a FIDIC President’s List international adjudicator, on the adjudication panels of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, CEDR and the Royal Institute of British Architects and both the A and B lists of international adjudicators for the RICS, and is an accredited mediator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and on the CEDR panel of mediators. He is listed as an arbitrator by the CIArb, CEDR and the RIBA.
He was appointed in 2014 by F4E to the Panel of Adjudicators for the €13 billion European Joint Undertaking for “ITER’ an international joint venture established under the European Atomic Energy Community Treaty and the reputedly the largest energy project in the world. He is currently instructed as expert witness on one of the world’s highest value disputes.
Murray has been taking instructions to act as an expert since 1991 and has been instructed in over 250 cases as both a party appointed and single joint expert in litigation and arbitration in the UK. His instructions have included cases involving building defects, water ingress, professional negligence, delays, fire damage, regulatory compliance, interior design, defective basements, practical completion and handover, and project management, many involving complex technical and contractual matters. As an adjudicator Murray has decided disputes concerning a wide range of technical matters, including delays, project management and quantum and final account issues. He is familiar with FIDIC (post-1999, including MDB), JCT, NEC and other contracts including bespoke agreements. As mediator Murray has mediated disputes between architects and employers, developers and contractors. As arbitrator, Murray has decided disputes concerning latent defects insurance, coal mining subsidence and consumer issues and to date has published around twenty awards.
He carried out his first architectural commission at the age of fifteen and went on to found his own architectural practice in 1990 and has since worked on a wide range of projects around the world including the UK, Europe, Middle and Far East, and Africa. His project experience includes hospitals and healthcare, theatres, railways, airports, universities, hotels, leisure, listed buildings, retail and residential work, both in refurbishment and new build projects. Some projects required significant involvement in the engineering aspects including a bridge scheme for a railway as part of the Wembley Stadium redevelopment in North London and others specialist knowledge of facilities for the disabled. He has carried out a considerable amount of work in connection with commercial interiors and has given expert evidence on matters concerning interior design.
Murray has built up a verifiable track record in dispute avoidance and this has underpinned his architectural career so that in over 200 projects he was only involved in two disputes. This philosophy is carried through into his work as a Dispute Board Member. He has been involved in Dispute Board activities since 2003 and is the past UK Country Representative of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation, past R2 and Executive Board Member and the current Treasurer to the Region 2 Board and a Member of the Dispute Board Panel of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Murray has for a number of years been involved in organising and delivering conferences and training in dispute resolution, Dispute Boards and FIDIC contracts and has given seminars in the UK, USA, Europe, South Africa, Eastern Europe, South America and the Middle and Far East.. He is also a full Practising Member of the Academy of Experts and a member of ArbDB, an organisation specialising in the provision of the best expertise for the resolution of international disputes.
Murray is a member of Council of the Society of Construction Law and on the committee of the King’s College Construction Law Association. In 2007 he became a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators, a Liveryman in 2009 and a Court Assistant in 2012 and is editor of their newsletter and website and serves on the membership committee. Murray also serves as technical adviser to the RIBA Disciplinary Panel and is an assessor for the RICS panel of adjudicators.
Having gained his Honours Degree and Diploma with distinction in Architecture at Sheffield University in 1978 and 1981 respectively he also gained a Masters of Arts with distinction in Architecture, also at Sheffield University in 1981 and a Masters Degree in Construction Law from King’s College, London in 2003. He became a Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2007.
In his spare time he is a glider pilot.
- FIDIC President’s List of International Adjudicators
- RICS A and B Panel Dispute Board Member
- Council member of the Society of Construction Law
- Treasurer to the Region 2 Board of the DRBF
- Member, Society of Construction Arbitrators
- Freeman and Liveryman, Worshipful Company of Arbitrators, newsletter and website editor and chairman of communications
- Member, Society of Construction Law (since 2003)
- Member and Committee Member, Kings College Construction Law Association
- Member, Adjudication Society (since 2004)
- Practising Member of the Academy of Experts
- Member of the RIBA Disciplinary Panel
- Member of the RICS adjudicator assessment panel
- Member of the CIArb Practice and Standards Committee
- Member of the CIArb Dispute Board Panel
- Chartered Architect (RIBA)
- Chartered Arbitrator (FCIArb)
- Chartered Arbitrator (RIBA, CEDR and ABTA Panels)
- Adjudicator (RIBA, CIArb and CEDR)
- Accredited Mediator (CEDR, CIArb)
- Dispute Board Member (DRBF, FIDIC, RICS)
- “News & Views”, CIArb SE Branch newsletter, editor 2006-2009 and regular contributor during that period.
- “An Inspector Calls: Architects Site Visits”, article for Probyn Miers “Perspective” (2010).
- “AJ legal Handbook”, joint author of Chapter on Construction Legislation in England and Wales (2010)
- “Prevention Better Than Cure”, article on dispute boards, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors”Construction Journal” (2010).
- “To Have and to Hold”, article about adjudication meetings for the Adjudication Society newsletter (2011).
- “All Have Won and All Must Have Prizes”, article for Construction Law Journal (2011).
- “The Concept of Dispute Avoidance”, paper given at the Kings College/DRBF conference “An Introduction to International Adjudication” in June 2011.
- “Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, The Funding of Dispute Boards by the Multilateral Development Banks”, Construction Law Journal, 2013.
- “Angles”, Sense Studio’s regular newsletter.
- Training and seminars on Dispute Boards and FIDIC Contracts carried out on behalf of the DRBF in Cape Town, Bucharest, Washington, New York, London, Istanbul, Brussels, New York, Paris, Genoa, Sao Paolo and Singapore.
- Seminars for the Adjudication Society (London), Society of Construction Law (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London), the RIBA (London), TECSA (London) and for various law firms.
- Past organiser of the DRBF UK Member’s Meetings and regular contributor.
- Joint organiser and contributor to the King’s College “Introduction to International Adjudication” symposium held in London in June 2011.
- Editor of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrator’s Newsletter and of its website.
- Seminars for organisations in London, the UK and Europe.