Paul Thornton has 15 years’ experience in the construction industry, much of this gained in the Middle East, with extensive engagement in programme management and project-controls systems and forensic delay analysis. Paul has also worked in a wide variety of scheduling and quality-related positions in Construction and Civil Engineering.

Paul has extensive experience in time-related claim management, researching, producing and reviewing claims in relation to time awards for project delivery. He has provided Expert Witness assistance on delay and disruption matters in various jurisdictions in the Middle East, as well as in the UK. Well-versed in developing and presenting seminars on programme-related topics, Paul has also been a guest lecturer at the American University of Dubai.

Paul is proficient with all major planning software and has developed programme-delay analysis software and automated analyses of project records to aid the presentation of clients’ cases. This detailed understanding and skills gleaned from this experience have made him into a first-class delay analyst and software specialist. His philosophy is to harness the complex and make it self-evident and simple for all to understand.

Paul joined the peter evans partnership in May 2015 as an Associate Director and head of the Forensic Delay and Programme Analysis division and in May 2016 Paul was promoted to the role of Director. He has a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Imperial College, London, and is currently submitting his thesis for a second Master’s, this time in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, from Kings College, London.

Before joining peter evans partnership, Paul was employed from October 2012 to April 2015 as a Senior Consultant with the FTI Consulting Group in Dubai, prior to which he worked as a Senior Delay Analyst for High Point Rendel International Consultants. He also worked in Senior Project Controls for Turner and Townsend Consultancy in Dubai and was Consultant Delay Analyst with Pickavance Consulting (now Hill International) in both London and the UAE. In the early part of his career he spent some years working for Edmund Nuttall, one of the UK’s largest Civil Engineering contracting companies.


  • Delay claim analysis and preparation
  • Complex disruption analysis preparation
  • Delay claim evaluation/risk analysis
  • Expert witness support


  • MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering (Hons), Imperial College London
  • MSc Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, Kings College London (ongoing)
  • Member of the Society of Construction Law – Dubai
  • Member of AACE International