The death of Colin J. Wall on July 16, 2015, is a crushing blow to our profession and a personal loss to me.
Colin was not a lawyer. He was trained as a quantity surveyor, which (as he explained it to me) meant that he was good a figuring out what a construction change order would cost. Raised in Birmingham, he found himself posted in Hong Kong by an early employer and was consulted by Queen Mary’s Hospital, which was undergoing an extensive revision. The Hospital was receiving bids for the construction work that far exceeded its expectations. Colin noted that the building had an asbestos condition of unknown scope and expense, and he suggested that the Hospital assume the asbestos removal itself, at its own direct cost, and bid out the job on a post-removal basis. It did so, and the project went forward without a stumble. Read more »