Peter Scott Caldwell

Chartered Civil Engineer Chartered Arbitrator & Mediator

Contact Details:

16th Floor Hong Kong Club Building 3A Chater Road Central Hong Kong SAR, China

Telephone:   +852 2337 7874

Mobile:          +852 9367 4933



Nationality:  British (Hong Kong Permanent Resident)

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Arbitration, Adjudication, Mediation & Dispute Board Experience

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

Arbitrator appointments have included disputes relating to:

  • Highways & Highway Structures
  • Building Refurbishment
  • Commodities (Iron Ore / Steel / Coal / Cotton Yarn / Soya Bean Meal)
  • Loan Agreements
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Guarantees
  • Aviation
  • Shipping
  • 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 Insurance
  • Aircraft Leasing
  • Helicopter Operations
  • Boatbuilding

Dispute Adjudication Board and Dispute Resolution Adviser appointments have included:

  • High Speed Railway Construction
  • Mass Transit Railway Construction
  • Major Drainage Tunnelling
  • Urban Highway Construction
  • Rural Elevated Roadworks
  • Marine Structures.
  • Hydroelectric Power Plant Construction
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 Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
  • Board Member, Dispute Resolution Board Foundation Region 2
  • 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
  • Arbitrator Member, Society of Construction Arbitrators

Past Appointments:

  • Council Member, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (1990 to 2018)
  • 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 IBA 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, adjudicator, mediator, conciliator, dispute resolution adviser and dispute adjudication 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 organisations, and contractors.

Experience of construction works includes:

  • Airport Works
  • Bridges
  • Buildings
  • Consultancy Agreements
  • Contract Documentation
  • Dredging & Reclamation
  • Electronic Control Systems
  • Housing
  • 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, the dispute resolution adviser system, mediation and arbitration.

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

About Caldwell Ltd

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.

Updated 12th December 2023