Navigant’s Global Construction Practice Expands Presence in the Middle East

Latest senior hires support our clients in providing expert and advisory services that address risks throughout the life cycle of capital investment projects.

Navigant’s (NYSE: NCI) global Construction practice (GCP) today announced the expansion of its presence in the Middle East with the appointment of two new hires, Paul Taplin, managing director, and Chris Hewkin, director, based in Dubai. 

Taplin brings 27 years’ of experience in the construction industry as a quantum expert. Having been based in the UK for 23 years, he relocated to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2013 and specialises in the evaluation and analysis of complex construction claims on major domestic and international projects. Taplin’s sector experience includes a diverse mix of infrastructure, building, power, civil engineering, industrial, water, and pipelines. 

Taplin has regularly been appointed expert witness and has given evidence in the UK and in the UAE including cross examination by Queen’s Counsel.

Hewkin has 24 years’ experience in the construction industry and has been based in the Middle East for the last seven years. For the first 13 years of his career, he worked for contracting organisations gaining extensive experience in building restoration, masonry, precast concrete and internal fit-out. For the last 11 years, Hewkin has specialised in contract and commercial services acting for clients in the Europe and the Middle East. His sector experience includes infrastructure, residential, leisure, petrochemical, energy, education, health, and commercial sectors.  

He has been appointed as quantum expert and given evidence in the UAE.
“Paul and Chris come with a wealth of regional experience and industry knowledge,” says Darin L. Buchalter, managing director and leader of Navigant’s global Construction practice. “By further developing our highly effective team in the Middle East, Navigant is well positioned to support our clientele on highly complex disputes and advisory projects throughout the region.” 

About Navigant
Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI) is a specialized, global professional services firm that helps clients take control of their future. Navigant’s professionals apply deep industry knowledge, substantive technical expertise, and an enterprising approach to help clients build, manage, and/or protect their business interests. With a focus on markets and clients facing transformational change and significant regulatory or legal pressures, the firm primarily serves clients in the healthcare, energy, and financial services industries. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and technology/analytics services, Navigant’s practitioners bring sharp insight that pinpoints opportunities and delivers powerful results. More information about Navigant can be found at


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