Len C H Bunton

Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Mediator, Expert Witness, Expert Determination


Len Bunton is a quantity surveyor with a significant track record in the construction and engineering industries in the UK and internationally. He qualified in 1972 and after a period in the public sector he became an associate then partner with a professional QS firm. He commenced his own firm in 1979 and from a standing start developed this into a 50 strong practice by the mid 80’s where he became senior partner. He developed the firm into project management, cost management, building surveying, dispute resolution.

In the early 90’s he was approached by a leading UK company, Beard Dove Ltd, who acquired his firm with Len becoming Operations Director in Scotland. He developed into other areas of this company and eventually was appointed as a main board director in 1995, with operational responsibility for the northern part of the UK. He also set up and was responsible for the company’s Contract Advisory Services unit.

In 1996 Len joined the Bucknall Group as main board director and again took operational responsibility for operations in the north region of the UK. He developed further his high-level procurement experience on major building and civil engineering projects, developed the companies PFI/PPP consultancy and also became involved in Prime Contracting. He has played a significant role in customer care, best practice and business development etc.

Len first developed focused experience in dispute resolution in 1978. He took a specific interest in construction law, and has lectured regularly on conditions of contract internally, and also to clients.

From 1978 to present he has been involved in many dispute resolution issues and has acted as arbitrator, adjudicator, expert witness, mediator, conciliator and claims consultant. He has appeared in court on a number of instances as expert witness.

He also developed specific experience in construction insolvency and corporate recovery.


Contract interpretation, professional negligence, defects in construction, measurement issues, valuation issue problems, quantum, extension of time, loss and expense, determination, delay and disruption issues, fraud investigations, insolvency investigations, bank investigations.

Lens professional work has a covered all sectors of construction and engineering, and all sectors of the UK economy.

International appointments [see separate CV] have included dispute resolution cases on power stations and petro-chemical plants.

Len has been appointed on dispute resolution cases in Kuwait, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, USA, Holland and India [see separate CV]. Recent trips to Dubai and Qatar regarding potential Expert Witness Appointments.


Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland

Panel member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Arbitration Listing held by the Dubai International Arbitration Centre

Arbitration Listing held by the Qatar International Arbitration Centre

Member London Court of International Arbitration

Member RICS Register of Accredited Dispute Board Members, attended the RICS Dispute Board Training Course in June 2012

Chairman’s Panel of Adjudicators Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Presidents Panel of Adjudicators England, Wales and NI.

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Panel of Adjudicators

Ireland Panel of Adjudicators

Institution of Civil Engineers Panel of Adjudicators

Major Projects Adjudication Panel

Panel of Professional Adjudicators

Terminal 5, Heathrow Panel of Adjudicators

Confederation of Construction Specialists Panel of Adjudicators.

Confederation Industry Council Panel of Adjudicators

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Scotland Chairman’s Panel of Mediators

Member Adjudication Society

Member of the Law Society of Scotland Regulatory Committee


26 appointments as Arbitrator, or as party adviser in Arbitration.

I have acted as lead technical consultant on two major arbitrations in the UK.

Over 400 appointments as adjudicator both pre and post the HGCR Act.

Over 50 appointments post the HGCR Act as adviser to the parties.

15 appointments as expert witness.

Acted as Expert Witness to an International Arbitration Tribunal in Delhi, India, and in a Mediation in the UAE.

Appointed in five expert determinations.

Accredited Mediator. Three appointments as Mediator, all settled. One appointment as technical assessor to the Mediator. Represented parties in six Mediations, all settled.


Len has provided training courses on the Joint Contracts Tribunal forms of Contract, the SBCC Forms of Contract, The Engineering and Construction Contract, the ICE Conditions of Contract, FIDIC for employers, contractors and sub contractors, and NEC 3, and has provided consultancy services to a number of UK major construction companies. He is an approved trainer for the RICS and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has also provided training courses on construction insolvency for the UK’s leading insolvency practitioners and banks.

Len has spoken at a number of UK conferences on arbitration, adjudication, expert witness appointments, partnering, public sector procurement, PFI, design and build, PI claims, extension of time and loss and expense claims. He is also a very experienced conference chairman.


Chairman of the Scottish Building Contracts Committee Limited 2014 – 2016

Chairman Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Scottish Branch, 2006 – 2008

Chairman Construction Scotland Innovation Centre Project Delivery Group

Former Convener, Education and Training, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Scottish Branch 2009 – 2012

Former Director of the Scottish Arbitration Centre

Appointed as Chairman of RICS Assessment Panels for Adjudicators.

Member of the Advisory Board of the Association of Construction Adjudicators

Chaired study group set up by the Chartered Institute of Arbiters on construction disputes.

Former Member of the CIArb Scottish Branch committee

Former External Examiner at Robert Gordon’s University

Bunton Consulting Partnership
Princes Exchange
Princes Square

Tel: +44 [0] 113 390 6046
Fax: +44 [0] 113 390 6100

Also at:

The Lodge
Nether Cambushinnie
FK15 9JU

Tel: +44[0]1786 880751
Fax: +44[0]1786 880884

Mobile: +44[0]7769 670089


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