The founder of a Leicestershire legal firm specialising in construction and engineering law has been appointed vice chair of the East Midlands branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).
Michael Gerard of Michael Gerard & Co took up the position, which has a tenure of 12 months, in May. As part of the role he is required to support the branch chairperson and stand in for him on occasions when he is unavailable.
The CIArb is a multinational professional body for members working in the areas of dispute avoidance and dispute management. With over 16,000 members globally, the East Midlands group is part of an international network offering support and training across a range of dispute areas.
“I’m delighted to be taking on this new role with the East Midlands branch of CIArb,” Michael said. “The Institute does such important work in offering specialised training, CPD and ongoing support to its members.
“With the difficulties that the construction industry is facing getting back on its feet after lockdown and the continuing challenges posed by COVID-19, the construction industry really has need of independent bodies like CIArb.”
As well as being a registered adjudicator with CIArb, Michael is also is a panel registered adjudicator with the Royal Institution of British Architects (RIBA).
After being called to the Bar in 2006, Michael is dual qualified as a chartered builder and has been practising as a solicitor specialising in construction, engineering and contract law since 2013. Prior to taking up the law, he was a quantity surveyor and an accredited expert with the Academy of Experts in the fields of quantum and delay.