Keith Kirkwood is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyor with over 45 years’ experience in the construction, property and civil engineering industries. He has worked throughout the UK and in over 20 countries around the globe including Europe, the Middle East, USA, Asia, Australasia and Africa.
Keith is now Chairman of Bennington Green one of the UK’s leading independent multi-disciplined consultancies as well as Chairman of Bennington Green Decipher Ltd. and Woolven and Brown Ltd. Keith started his career with John Laing Ltd. one of the UK’s largest civil engineering contractors and has since worked with property developers, clients, contractors and sub-contractors. He founded Schofield Lothian in 1986 and developed it into a £14 million turnover company making it one of the top 10 UK Quantity Surveying Companies at the time. Keith has also been a Group Non-Executive Director for the Driver Group, one of the UK’s largest AIM listed claims consultancy businesses.
Keith is a past Chairman of the UK Society of Construction Law (SCL) and remains on the council. He has been instrumental in the growth of the SCL internationally and remains an active participant. He is credited with being on the drafting panel for both the first and the revised editions of the SCL Delay and Disruption Protocols. He has given evidence as an independent expert in Adjudication, Arbitration, the UK TCC and the American Courts. He has extensive knowledge in all areas of construction and a proven track record of success as a negotiator, mediator, arbitrator, adjudicator and expert. He has lectured internationally on a variety of topics around the world.
Keith was appointed as the President of the Institute of Construction Claims Practitioners in 2018.