Eur Ing Professor Geoffrey M. Beresford Hartwell

CEng FIMechE FCIArb(ret.) MIEEE(USA) FICArb(India)

40 Brambledown Road
Surrey SM6 0TF
United Kingdom

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Geoffrey Hartwell is a past President of the Society of Construction Arbitrators
(1997 - 2001) and
a past Chairman and Senior Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (1996 - 1997).

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Curriculum Vitae

Profession: Consulting Engineer, Registered Arbitrator, Accredited Adjudicator and Mediator
Date of birth: 10 Feb 1936

Areas of practice:
Arbitration, Mediation, Adjudication and other dispute resolution.
Engineering design and project management
Technical investigation and troubleshooting
Expert witness in UK and overseas.

Geoffrey Hartwell is an experienced International and Domestic Arbitrator, familiar with ICC and FIDIC procedures and with Adjudicaton, Mediation and Determinative Expertise.

Technical specialities:
Engineering Science
Mechanical and electrical design and specification, project management.
Process engineering and maritime engineering. Manufacturing.
Instrumentation, electronics, communications, automation and computer control systems.

Senior Partner, BHA Cromwell House, Consulting Engineers

External Professor and Lecturer in Arbitration Law and the Philosophy and Ethics of Dispute Resolution- University of Glamorgan School of Law
Visiting Professor - Brunel University School of Law, London

Past Chairman, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (1996/1997)
Past President, Society of Construction Arbitrators (1997/2001) q.v.

Member of IEE/IMechE/ACE Joint Committee on Model Forms of Conditions of Contract

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Career History


Arbitrator on Lists

Classes of Disputes

Areas of Technical Expertise

International Experience



Areas of Technical Expertise:

Power generation (nuclear and conventional), supply and distribution.
Water and wastewater treatment; solid waste handling.
Oil and petrochemical plant, pipelines.
Machinery; manufacturing and process plant

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Moving bridges, maritime and water control structures. Shipbuilding and construction.
Data management: capture, handling, conversion and manipulation.
Instrumentation and control system design and performance.
Computer applications

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Qualifications : (Educational & Professional)

EurIng Europa Ingénieur FEANI Registration No 01874 GB

CEng. Chartered Engineer

FIMechE Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

FICA(India) Fellow of the Indian Council of Arbitration


Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - Registered Arbitrator no. 6065

MIEEE(USA) Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

Member of the Society of Construction Arbitrators

Accredited Adjudicator - Fédération Internationale des Ingénieurs Conseils (FIDIC)

Accredited Mediator - National Mediation Academy - Dallas, Texas
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Now retired from these Institutions and former qualifications



Companion of the Institution of Civil Engineers


Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers


Member of the Institute of Measurement and Control (formerly the Society of Instrument Technology)


Member of the Institution of Nuclear Engineers


Member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
(formerly the Institution of Water Engineers)


Fellow of the Association of Consulting Engineers

Member of the Swiss Arbitration Association

Member of the Society of Construction Law

Member of the Academy of Experts

Member of the Expert Witness Institute

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Some time Arbitrator on Lists of:

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Institution of Civil Engineers
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Institution of Electrical Engineers
Institution of Chemical Engineers
World Intellectual Property Organisation
London Court of International Arbitration
European Court of Arbitration

China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission
Fédération International des Ingénieurs Conseils (List for ICC)
Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration
Hong Kong Arbitration Centre
Singapore International Arbitration Centre
Indian Council of Arbitration
Cour D'Arbitrage de l'Europe du Nord
Mauritius Chamber of Commerce

FIDIC Accredited Adjudicator
NMA Accredited Mediator

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Classes of Disputes:
Geoffrey Hartwell has acted (in UK and internationally) as an arbitrator and adjudicator, as an expert mediator and conciliator, as an expert investigator and assessor for arbitral tribunals and also as a Special Referee in the High Court of Justice of the Isle of Man.

As an Expert witness and technical advisor to legal teams, he has experience of both civil and criminal cases and has been called to assist Courts on technical issues by both Prosecution and Defence.

He advises technically upon a variety of contractual matters (at the contract stage and also when problems and differences have arisen)*.

Subjects have included:

Power Stations - Construction, Boilers and Machinery, Performance Evaluation and Costing, Computer Control Systems, Welding, Lagging.
Water and Sewage Treatment - Chemistry, Performance, Construction
Waste Disposal
Pharmaceutical Chemical Manufacture
Automated Mechanical handling
Copyright of Drawings and Designs, Patent Validity and Licensing Agreements
Computer Systems and Equipment,
Maritime Installations
Ship's Electrical Systems

Corrosion of Packaging Machinery
Construction of Swimming Pools
Railway Equipment and Rolling Stock
Process Plant
Electrical Accidents, Fires, Death by Electric Shock
Delays and Disruption in Construction Contracts
International Sub-Contracting & Contracting

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International Experience:
Geoffrey Hartwell has experience of the following jurisdictions:
Bahrain, Czech Republic, England and Wales, France,  Hong Kong, India, Irish Republic, Isle of Man, Korea, Malaysia, Nigeria,, Northern Ireland, Qatar, Scotland, Singapore, Switzerland

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Career History:


British Tanker Company Ltd.
Seagoing Engineer Officer.
Steam, diesel and electrically driven machinery.


Sperry Gyroscope Co. Ltd.
Research and Development assistant.
Precision instrumentation, airborne systems, environmental testing and flight trials.


Louis Newmark Ltd.
Research and Development engineer.
Precision instruments, aircraft stabilisers and autopilot design.


Atomic Power Constructions Ltd.
Design engineer.
Nuclear reactor instrumentation, controls and safety.


Locke Electronics Limited
Managing Director.
Instrumentation, telemetry and control for water, gas and sewage industries. Domestic electronics.


Central Electricity Generating Board.
Senior Engineer, Nuclear Plant Design Branch.
Nuclear fuel handling machinery, reactor control and safety, ICA.


Atomic Power Constructions Limited.
Deputy Chief Systems Engineer.
Design and operational studies for high temperature, gas cooled nuclear power plant. Preliminary studies for oil-fired power plant


BHA Cromwell House. (Formerly Beresford Hartwell and Associates)
Principal (now Senior Partner)
Power generation, supply and distribution. Water and wastewater treatment and handling. Solid waste handling. Process Engineering. Moving bridges, marine engineering, maritime installations.
Machinery design; ICA. (Instrumentation, Control and Automation), Communications systems.
Technical and contractual advice; Arbitration, Adjudication, Mediation, Expertise and Conciliation.
Occasional lecturer and course director of courses on Arbitration and on the role of experts in the legal system.


University of Glamorgan - Law School
External Professor of Arbitration Law
Part-time lecturer, LlM in Commercial Dispute Resolution
Philosophy and Ethics of Dispute Resolution; Arbitration Law; Arbitration Practice

Brunel University Law School
Visiting Professor

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Geoffrey Hartwell practises as an Expert Engineer, Arbitrator, Mediator, Conciliator, Adjudicator, Investigator and Advisor on technical matters which have legal implications and on commercial contractual practice. He is an academic lawyer, but does not practise law and does not hold himself out to be qualified to practise law.

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Improvements in, or relating to, Nuclear Reactor Power Stations Patents 1,243,372; 1,284,871; 41692/68; 41693/68
Specification, Design and Execution of a Computer-based Central Control System IEE Conference 1978
Variable Speed Pump Drives for Sewer Outfall Pumping Stations IMechE Conference 1981
Arbitration in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering. IEE Proceedings, Vol.134, Pt.A, No.4, April 1987
Commercial Arbitration and the Engineer. IEE Review, January 1988
Various articles in Arbitration (Journal of CIArb)
Construction Disputes: Avoidance and Resolution (co- author) Whittles Publishing (November 1997)
The Commercial Way to Justice (proceedings of the International Conference of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in Boston, 1996) (ed) Kluwer (Autumn 1997)
Arbitration: The Commercial Way to Justice? Boston University International Law Journal Vol. 15 No 1 Spring 1997: 179-183
Arbitration and the Sovereign Power. Journal of International Arbitration 17(2): 11-18 2000
International Arbitration and International Commercial Law: Synergy Convergence and Evolution. Liber Amicorum Eric Bergsten. Editors: S. Kroll, L. A. Mistelis, P. Perales Viscasillas & V. Rogers.
Chapter 12 - The Commercial Way to Justice. pp 231 - 249. ©2011 Kluwer Law International.
ISBN 978-90-411-3522-3.

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