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Expert Profile

Ashlea Read

Ashlea Read

Quantum Expert


BSc (Hons)

Memberships & Associations

Accredited Mediator

Contract Experience

Australian Standard Contracts


Oil & Gas

Regional Experience

Asia Pacific
Middle East

Cross-Examination Experience



  • Chartered Quantity Surveyor
  •  Over 15 years’ professional industry experience
  • Extensive international quantum experience on large scale projects
  • Accredited Mediator
  • Specialist in claims development and claims defence


Ashlea is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and a Regional Director for APAC Driver Trett (HK). She has over 15 years of experience and previously held the position of Hong Kong Country Manager operating its claims business.

Since 2007 Ashlea has been based in the Middle East and Asia working on large scale claims and expert assignments including airports, railways, hospitals, commercial and residential buildings, oil and gas and other infrastructure projects.

For the last six years, Ashlea has focused on expert commissions, having been appointed as the quantum expert on two large projects in Asia and acting as the lead assistant to the Quantum Expert on numerous commissions in the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Ashlea has also worked on a series of high-profile Arbitrations in the Middle East which involved supporting the drafting of Statements of Claim and Defence and Counterclaims.

In construction project disputes Ashlea has a wide range of experience encompassing: advising on contractual and commercial issues; contract interpretation; preparing extensive extension of time and cost claims; independent reviews of contractor’s claim entitlements and Engineer’s claim recommendations; detailed risk reviews of contractual agreements; preparation and development of strategies for dispute resolution and assistance in amicable settlement negotiations.

Her claims experience is supported by a master’s degree in construction law and arbitration and time spent as a site-based quantity surveyor with large contractor organisations in the United Kingdom.

This expert has successfully completed external cross examination courses

This expert has recently been instructed by:

  • K & L Gates
  • Rajah & Tann