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Kirkandrae D. Durrant

Partner
+974.4424.6114
Fax +974.4424.6101

Kirkandrae (Kirk) Durrant is a construction law partner in the firm’s Doha office. His practice focuses on advising clients in construction matters across a wide range of sectors in the construction industry.

He has considerable experience advising clients in both transactional and contentious matters including matters relating to major pipeline projects (energy, water, waste), utility projects (district cooling, power, water), process facility projects (solar, desalination), transportation projects (airports, sea-ports, railway), infrastructure projects (roadways, bridges, tunnels) and commercial projects (mixed used developments, theme parks) among others.

Mr. Durrant regularly advises clients, including, owners, developers, contractors, design professionals, governmental and public sector entities on a variety of legal issues pertinent to the construction industry. He has extensive experience counseling clients in connection with different project delivery methods (including traditional delivery, design-build, EPC, EPCM, PPP, BOT, BOOT and DBOM models), and preparing and negotiating standard form (i.e. FIDIC, NEC, JCT, AIA etc.) and bespoke construction agreements. Mr. Durrant also regularly acts for clients in international arbitrations before ICC, ICDR, CEDR, DIAC and LCIA panels and has acted for clients in mediations or court litigation in the U.S., the Middle East and North Africa region and/or Asia. In 2012 and 2013, Mr. Durrant was recognized by Chambers and Partners as a leading dispute resolution lawyer in the MENA region.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Durrant was a lawyer in the Doha office of another international firm where he represented clients in the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and the United States on a variety of construction related matters.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
    • Fellow of the Forum Committee on the Construction Industry (April 2006 – present)
    • Member of the International Contracting Division Steering Committee (April 2006 – present)

Speaking Engagements

  • Guest lecturer at the University of Connecticut School of Law, The Law of Surety Bonds, 2007
  • Guest lecturer at Qatar University, A Primer on Drafting Commercial Contracts, 2011
  • Speaker at the MEED Qatar Transport Conference, 2013
  • Speaker at K&L Gates FIDIC Masterclass, 2014
  • Advising public sector client in connection with the delivery of a district cooling facility on a BOT delivery method.  In this context, continuing to prepare tender documentation and advise client throughout the tender process, prepare and negotiate contract documents and otherwise advise client with respect to final delivery of the project.
  • Advising public sector client in connection with the delivery of a worker accommodation project on a PPP delivery method.  In this context, continuing to prepare tender documentation and advise client throughout the tender process, prepare and negotiate contract documents and otherwise advise client with respect to final delivery of the project.
  • Advising public sector client in connection with the delivery of several worker accommodation facilities across Qatar on a PPP and/or BOT delivery method. In this context, continuing to prepare tender documentation and advise client throughout the tender process, prepare and negotiate contract documents and otherwise advise client with respect to final delivery of the projects.
  • Leading a team of lawyers advising a state Public Works Authority in connection with Authority’s preparation of an entire suite of contracts (circa 30 contracts) in support of the Authority’s delivery of various infrastructure and other projects included in its 5-year USD 70bn construction program.
  • External project counsel to a private sector client in connection with the development of a USD2bn mixed used development in Qatar.  In this context, continuing to prepare tender documentation and advise client throughout the tender process, prepare and negotiate contract documents and otherwise advise client with respect to final delivery of the projects.
  • External Project counsel to a private sector client in connection with the delivery of a USD 800mn process facility in Qatar.  In this context, continuing to offer project delivery counseling in respect of matters relating to managing change order and other claims, disruption issues, delay issues, dispute avoidance, cash-flow issues, planning and programming issues among other things. 
  • Leading a team of lawyers acting for a private sector client in a USD200mn London seated ICC arbitration in connection with a process plant in Qatar.
  • Advised an EPC contractor in connection with disputes arising out of its delivery of a multi-billion dollar pipeline project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Advised EPC contractor in connection with an Ras Abu Fontas Independent Water and Power Project.
  • Advised public sector client on matters involving contract preparation, negotiation and administration, dispute avoidance and dispute resolution in connection with the design and construction of a USD$25 billion integrated railway project.
  • Advised private sector client in connection with the finance and construction of a multi-billion dollar mixed use development, including the construction of a district cooling plant on a BOOT delivery method.
  • Advised public sector client on matters involving contract preparation, negotiation and administration, dispute avoidance and dispute resolution (before the ICC) in connection with a USD$15 billion EPCM airport construction project.
  • Advised public sector client on matters involving contract preparation, negotiation and administration, dispute avoidance and dispute resolution in connection with the design and construction of a USD$8 billion commercial and naval port.
  • Acted as lead International Counsel to a contractor client in a USD 1.2bn defective highway design construction case before the Qatar Court of First Instance