In this interview, we cover the critical things you need to know before you can consider being an ‘expert’ or ‘arbitrator’ in an Arbitration Case. 

This video will be immensely valuable to architects who find themselves involved in a project that 'went South' and they wish to steer it to a favourable conclusion.


About this Course

An interview where we ask the questions we were too ashamed to ask until now:

  • How much can you earn from being an expert or arbitrator?
  • Do I need additional training?
  • How does it actually work? Like the actual process?
  • What should be in an “expert report”?
  • What is a statement of claim?
  • Am I too young to start doing it?
  • Where should I start to become an expert or arbitrator?

After watching this interview you will know it is a ‘hell-yeah’ or a ‘good-heavens-no’ for you to get involved in the world of ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION.

And if you secretly have no idea what arbitrations are about and you hope you will never find out, this interview will make it far less scary!

What you'll Learn:

  • Is additional formal training required?
  • Where can you get training?
  • The costs of additional training
  • What to expect of arbitration proceedings
  • What is the role of the lawyer?
  • What is a Statement of Claim?
  • What should be in a Statement of Claim?
  • Who compiles what documents?
  • What the architect’s role is in the proceedings?
  • Everything about a Statement of Defence.
  • Including or excluding a big legal team
  • Cross examination – how to prepare for it
  • Difference between an ‘expert witness’ and a witness of fact.
  • How does payments work?
  • How much one can expect to earn.
  • What personality types should consider offering this service?
  • Where to find clients?

Who this course is for

  • Anyone who considers being an expert in an arbitration case.
  • Architects who are not sure what the process of arbitration entails.

What you get


50 minutes


July 2020


Expert Interview


1 year


Access on mobile / desktop


In this course, Anneke Schriek interviews Engela White, a professional Architect who has specialized training relevant to arbitration and regularly serves as an Expert and Arbitrator in legal cases and dispute resolution.

Anneke Schriek

Anneke Schriek

Anneke is a Professional Registered Architect whose passion has always been to improve architecture as a service.

She is drawn to finding ways we can make architecture more accessible, and she strives to educate architects and students on how to achieve it. She inspires architects to be #betterarchitects.

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Engela White

Engela White

Engela White has expanded her knowledge and experience in the administration of the building contract by furthering her education in alternative dispute resolution.

This was done by obtaining a formal qualification as arbitrator from the Association of Arbitrators of South Africa, an organisation offering a concentration of expertise in the legal and construction.

In addition, Engela completed the Association of Arbitrators’ course work on Construction Law and as a fellow of the Association, she facilitates alternative dispute resolution on a case by case basis in the form of arbitrations and adjudications.

The in-depth knowledge gained during the 5 year study period into Contract and Construction Law, enabled Engela to have acted as a subject expert in several legal disputes. Her subjects of expertise involve the Law of Building and Engineering Contracts and the National Heritage Resources Act.

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Wiew Architects

In addition to basic architectural services, Wiew Architects specialize in Heritage Consultancy Services, Arbitration, Construction Law Services, and Contract Administration


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I Thought I Knew.. How to be an Expert in an Arbitration Case