Adrian Kearney

Adrian has been a Chartered Arbitrator, Expert Witness, Mediator and Registered Adjudicator since 1994 onwards, in both domestic disputes (UK and Ireland) and International disputes.
He has received Appointments as Arbitrator and Adjudicator in many Disputes of various levels in construction and civil engineering.  This also included and includes the HUNT ADR panel membership of the ABTA Scheme. He is a Chartered Arbitrator on the CIArb Panel.
Many cases lead to published awards, some 200 plus and appointments are both private, commercial and panel, under JCT, ICE and International Forms within the Commonwealth Jurisdiction.
His experience covers all types of civil engineering and construction works, including medium to large building works, roads, airfield, power generation plants, buildings, minor works etc.
In respect of his professional training he is a Chartered Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Chartered and Civil Engineering Surveyor both in quantity surveying and construction surveying.  He has been involved in and has represented clients in Court hearings as Expert.  This relates to Final Accounts, claims for loss and expense, prolongation, delay and disruption, extension of time, defects, dilapidation and construction defect etc.  He was involved in setting up the training of Adjudications throughout Great Britain for panel selection.
He works as a tutor and lecturer on Construction Law, and also has had an international role in the Caribbean Jurisdiction and South Africa.

He carries out both non contentious and disputes related instructions for both large and SME companies.


  • University of Ulster

  • Architectural Technology in Northern Ireland

  • Limavady Borough Council – Building Department

  • Deputy Director NHBC in Northern Ireland and Consultant

  • Lead consultant at  Kearney Consult Ltd

Consultant Lecturer at 

  • Queens University Belfast, School of Engineering

  • University of Ulster, School of Building Environment

  • SBIM London

  • CIOB Northern Ireland

  • CITB Northern Ireland

  • British Trade Mission 2001 Barbados

  • Building Industry Federation South Africa

Member of 

  • Past Chairman CIOB Disputes Resolution Advisory Panel UK

  • Founding member to Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Northern Ireland 

  • Past Chairman CIOB Disciplinary Committee

  • Founder Member of Society Construction Law Northern Ireland

  • Past member of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators (London)

  • Member of the Institute of Mediators in Ireland

  • Member of CIArb/CIOB/CEF/RSUA/CIF (Ireland)/BAQs West Indies/Arbitration Panels.

  • Past Chairman Irish Branch CIOB

  • Member of Adjudication Panels in UK, Ireland and West Indies

  • Chairman and member of the CEF Mediation Panel

  • Practicing Chartered Arbitrator on the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Dispute Appointment Service 200 plus Awards written



  • Authored articles for bimonthly construction magazine, Specify, Author of Articles in periodicals by consent, Construction Manager and Institute of Building Control Magazine, Tendering Services Ireland

  • Has lectured extensively in UK, South Africa, and West Indies




  • English

  • French

  • Access to German Translator


  • Quantity Surveying

  • Building Surveying

  • Civil Engineering Quantities and Contract Admin, programming

  • Construction Contract Admin

  • Construction Litigation

A sample of some recent cases he was involved in are noted below (at Adjudication, Arbitration and expert witness) in his past career:

  • Belfast City Airport – Civil Engineering Airside Infrastructure and Apron claim (acting for Civil Engineering Contractor). Circa £1m

  • Government of St Lucia – New road and refurbishment of existing – programming aspects and claim (acting for Civil Engineering Contractor). $5m

  • (DOE) Bridging over River Bann – claim on time and change orders (employer). £1m

  • Cross border Rail Link – Civil Engineering, expert advice (employer). £20m

  • University of Leeds – Extension of Time Claim, programming and assessment of delay and disruption (acting for employer). £7m

  • (DOE) Lagan Bridge – reconstruction and refurbishment, Extension of Time Claim and loss and expense (contractor). £2m

  • Montserrat – Programming preparation re: Claim on airfield units. $1m

  • Bahamas – Pre programming expertise for airport works

  • Maldives - Dispute over cabling of airport and consequential drawings.     €1/2 m

  • R.O.I – Earth works claim for subcontractor on motorway €12m

  • Construction NI – Dispute in multi story works re: time and valuation €10m

  • DOE – Defence re: claim taken against Roads Service regarding Bypass £1m

  • Barbados – Claim re: hotel works to settlement $4m

  • Barbados – Harbour works and improvements

  • S. Africa – Advisement on sheltered schemes in Johannesburg

  • Dublin – Tunnel (port) €230m

  • Northern Ireland – motorway enablement works

 The above relate primarily to civil engineering, although general construction is handled also.
He also specialises in programming claims, loss and expense, rebuttals, and also defence or plaintiff clients, related in general to quantum issues when acting for the Employer or contracting party to the dispute.
Mr. Kearney was instrumental in setting up both training for Adjudicators in the U.K. and N. Ireland, and assisted in the delivery of the first ANB panels for RICS and CIOB in the UK and N. Ireland. He acts both as an adjudicator and representing parties in adjudication on all sizes of cases up to sizable international cases.