Caldwell Ltd

Updated 20th March 2017

Peter Scott Caldwell

Contact Details:
Caldwell Ltd
  • New Address from 20th March 2017:
  • 16th Floor  Hong Kong Club Building
    3A Chater Road  Central
    Hong Kong
  • Telephone: +852 2337 7874
  • Fax: +852 2869 4290
  • E-mail:
British (Hong Kong Permanent Resident)

Arbitration, Adjudication, Mediation & Dispute Board Experience

Regularly appointed as sole arbitrator, chair of tribunal and party-appointed arbitrator, adjudicator, mediator, dispute resolution advisor or dispute adjudication board member for a wide variety of disputes or projects in Hong Kong and in other Asian jurisdictions involving parties from Asia, Europe, North America and Australia.  First arbitral appointment was in 1985.

Arbitrator appointments have included disputes relating to:

Highways & Highway Structures
Building Construction
Electrical & Mechanical Installations
Power Station Construction
Drainage Works
Heavy Foundations
Plant Hire
Sports Facilities
Steelwork Fabrication
Building Refurbishment
Commodities (Steel / Coal / Cotton Yarn / Soya Bean Meal)
Loan Agreements
Distribution Agreements
International Trade
Port Works
Joint Venture Agreements.

Adjudicator appointments have included disputes relating to:

Heavy Civil Engineering Works
Railway Construction
Railway Trackwork
Civil Engineering Consultancy Agreements.

Mediator appointments have included disputes relating to:

Heavy Civil Engineering Works
Integrated Circuit Manufacturing
Railway Construction
Railway Trackwork
Building Construction
Sports Facilities
Watermain Laying
Architectural Consultancy Agreements
Civil Engineering Consultancy Agreements
Electrical & Mechanical Consultancy Agreements
Aircraft Leasing
Helicopter Operations

Dispute Adjudication Board and Dispute Resolution Advisor appointments have included:

High Speed Railway Construction
Mass Transit Railway Construction
Major Drainage Tunnelling
Urban Highway Construction
Rural Elevated Roadworks
Marine Structures.


Qualifications, Professional Affiliations & Appointments

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Chartered Engineer

Chartered Arbitrator

Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers

Accredited General Mediator, Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Ltd

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators

Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators

Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Directors

Council Member, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre

Member, Dispute Resolution Board Foundation

Member, Legal Committee, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce

Member, Real Estate & Infrastructure Committee, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce

Member, International Bar Association

Member, Inter Pacific Bar Association

Member, Society of Construction Arbitrators

Past Appointments:

Chairman, Editorial Board “Asian Dispute Review” (Until 2016)

Alternate Member of Development Bureau Working Group on Security of Payment Legislation for the Construction Industry (2016)

Vice-chair, Regulatory Framework Sub-Group DoJ Working Group on Mediation, which advised the DoJ on the Mediation Ordinance (2012)

Member, Hong Kong Department of Justice (DoJ) Working Group on Arbitration Law, which advised the DoJ on the Arbitration Ordinance (2011)

Chairman, Society of Construction Law in Hong Kong (2008-2009)

Member of Council, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators London (2001-2002)

Member of the International Bar Association Working Party which drafted the 1999 IBA Rules for the Taking of Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration.

Chairman, Conditions of Contract Committee, International Federation of Asian and Western Pacific Contractors' Associations (IFAWPCA) (1996 - 1998)

Secretary-General Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (1990 - 1998)

Chairman Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Hong Kong Branch (1992-1994)


Practised as an engineer in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and in Asia before being appointed as Secretary-General of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre in 1990. Since 1998, has been in practice as an arbitrator, mediator, conciliator, dispute resolution advisor and dispute board member.

Career Details:

  • 1967 - 1970 Assistant Engineer, Stirling County Council Roads Department, United Kingdom
  • 1970 - 1972 Assistant Resident Engineer, Edwards & Burrow Consulting Engineers, Kenya.
  • 1972 - 1974 Civil Engineer, Engineering Services Department, Government of Qatar.
  • 1974 - 1988 Maunsell Consultants Asia Limited, Hong Kong
    Started as a Resident Engineer and progressed to Chief Contracts Engineer and Associate Director responsible for advising on contract documentation and claims for all projects managed from the Hong Kong Head Office.
  • 1988 - 1990 Director, P&T Wallace Evans Limited, Hong Kong
    Responsible for all aspects of a consulting engineering practice.
  • 1990 - 1998 Secretary-General, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
    Responsible for administration of mediation and arbitration in all sectors including construction, shipping, commodities and general trade disputes.
  • 1998 to date Director, Caldwell Limited, Hong Kong
    A consulting engineering practice specialising in procurement strategy, project management, contractual claims and dispute management. Caldwell Ltd has been employed by government and quasi-governmental organizations, and contractors.

Experience of construction works includes:

Airport Works
Consultancy Agreements
Contract Documentation
Dredging & Reclamation
Electronic Control Systems
Marine Structures
Mechanical & Electrical Systems
New Town Development
Process Plants
Power Projects
Project Finance
Rural & Urban Highways
Railway Works
Sewerage & Sewage Treatment
Site Formation
Tunnels & Geotechnical Works
Water Supply & Drainage

Other Details

Invited speaker on construction management, contractual claims, and dispute resolution at international conferences and professional seminars around the world.

Author of papers and commentaries in various international and regional journals on construction disputes, mediation and arbitration.

Author of chapter on Hong Kong in Practitioner’s Handbook on International Arbitration and Mediation Third Edition (Juris) 2012.

Updated 20th March 2017