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Practice Experience

Chris Bennett, an admitted attorney, joined the MDA team in 2006 and is currently a director of MDA Attorneys. Apart from fulfilling general MDA management, marketing and business development requirements, Chris provides commercial and contract advice including but not limited to:

  • commercial risk analysis;
  • contract negotiation and drafting of contracts;
  • on-site commercial support;
  • resolving of construction related disputes;

Chris has advised on numerous major infrastructure projects, not only at the contract drafting and negotiation stages but also through the entire project life cycle from inception to completion. Chris has extensive knowledge of contract procurement strategies and advises on innovative procurement strategies to deliver projects effectively.

Chris has also extensive dispute resolution experience arising from a background as a litigation attorney, and deals with many adjudications and arbitrations.

Chris’ clients include many major South African and international employers and contractors, a number of whom are listed companies both in South Africa and abroad.

Chris is an experienced trainer and forms part of MDA’s core facilitator team. Chris presents training in standard form construction contracts, in particular the NEC, and various bespoke contracts to both local and international construction clients. Chris also presents numerous training workshops, both public and in house, across the country and lectures on the Construction Adjudication Course at the University of Pretoria.

Chris has acquired specialist skills over the past 15 years and has experience with all contract forms recommended for use by the CIDB. Chris is widely recognized as one of South Africa’s leading experts on the NEC.

Education

B.Soc.Sci. University of Natal 1996
LLB (Bachelor of Laws), University of Natal PMB, 1998
MSc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, Kings College London, 2014

Memberships / Positions

Admitted as attorney of the High Court of South Africa 2002
Arbitrator and adjudicator – Master Builders Association
NEC 3 and FIDIC trainer
Lecturer on the Construction Adjudication Course at the University of Pretoria

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