Phillip Blunden Principal, Melbourne

Gamini Kodikara

Phillip is a principal of Hinds Blunden. He is a professional engineer with 40 years’ experience in project management, and a founding consultant in the company specialising in management of risk in engineering and building projects and resolution of engineering and building disputes. He provides advice to both Principal and Contractor organisations from the concept stage of projects to completion, as well as providing expert evidence in relation to project management, delay and costing matters.

He is considered to be one of the leading independent experts in the evaluation of costing, delay and programming disputes in engineering and building projects. Phillip has served on international arbitration cases and is briefed by the major construction law practices in Australia. Phillip has provided expert evidence on some 20 occasions.

Phillip also fulfils the role of facilitator, mediator and expert. These roles have proven to be successful in avoiding the formal dispute process by assisting and guiding the parties through the issues and seeking the common ground and solution. This function has also been undertaken in respect of major arbitrations to streamline the evidentiary process.

He was a member of the DRB for the Adelaide Desalination Project and appointed as a facilitator to assist in the resolution of a 3 party dispute in the Northern Territory as well as being appointed to assist the Tribunal in a major international arbitration.

He has reviewed and provided reports on in excess of 400 construction projects involving primarily delay analysis and cost estimates however also contract preparation, project management, contract administration, cost review, and defect analysis in engineering and building.

Phillip provides education in respect to risk management including contract documentation and administration and was the guest tutor for the Graduate Construction Law course at Melbourne University in Proof of Delay and Construction Claims. He has prepared suites of contracts including administrative advice as to implementation for public sector organizations and major private companies. Assignments include owner advice, project audit, tender evaluation, contract management and project procurement.

His experience covers all facets of major engineering projects, building works, resource, processing, development companies and private sector contractors both within Australia and internationally. Early in his career he was involved in the project management of the Australian Parliament House where he was responsible for the implementation of some $500m of design and contract work. Prior to this he was employed by Gutteridge Haskins and Davey, consulting engineers, in Sydney and Canberra undertaking design and superintendence tasks for a range of civil engineering projects.