Niall McGuinness BEng (Hons) Dip Arb CEng FCIArb MICE MIEI
Vantage Three Limited
5 Cromac Avenue
Ph +44 2890 447626
Mob +44 7702 735864
BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering, Aston University (1994)
Dip Arb Diploma in Arbitration, College of Estate Management (2008)
Accredited Adjudicator (Republic of Ireland) – Adjudication Conversion Course (2015)
Membership of Professional Bodies
Institution of Civil Engineers, MICE (1999)
Engineering Council, CEng (1999)
Engineers Ireland, CEng MIEI (2001)
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, FCIArb (2010)
Society of Construction Law (2007)
Adjudication Society (2007)
I became a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1999. Shortly thereafter I joined the main contractor’s team on the Dublin Port Tunnel as the project planner. That role included responsibilities for the particularisation, substantiation and negotiation of extensions of time and other time-related claims. [3 years]
In 2004 I joined Lagan Group as a Project Manager. That role included responsibilities for the pricing, negotiation, delivery and close-out of civil engineering contracts, requiring knowledge and practical experience of contractual issues arising. [3 years]
I then decided to specialise in construction contract matters and dispute resolution. I joined Kearney Consulting providing expert advice, party representation (in adjudication) and expert opinion. [3 years]
In 2010 I set up Vantage Three Limited - a specialist practice providing expertise in commercial and programme management, contract governance, project recovery and dispute resolution. I am currently a retained advisor on contractual (time & money) issues, a party representative in dispute resolution processes (mostly adjudication), an instructed Expert Witness (mostly delay & programme issues), and a training provider in various standard forms of contract (FIDIC, Suite of Public Works, NEC3) and forms of dispute resolution (ADR generally, adjudication & the CIArb’s AFL). [6 years].
I also lecture at Warwick University.
2010 – Present : Vantage Three Limited : Director
2007 – 2010 : Kearney Consulting Limited : Director
2004 – 2007 : Lagan Group : Project Manager
2001 – 2004 : Mowlem plc/Carillion plc : Project Planner, Dublin Port Tunnel
1994 – 2001 : Christiani & Nielsen Limited : Site Engineer, Designer, Estimator, Planner, Site Agent
I work in dispute resolution as a party representative, an appointed Expert and a facilitator.
I have acted as a party representative in 20-25 adjudications. I have been a named adjudicator on a number of civil engineering contracts.
I have been appointed as a delay Expert in adjudication, arbitration and litigation processes. I have given evidence in adjudication and arbitration. I have been cross-examined in international arbitration tribunals.
I am retained by clients to manage their commercial risks and disputes.
I am also a member of the CIArb’s Approved Faculty List (for adjudication) and a committee member of the Northern Ireland Chapter of the Irish Branch (since 2011).