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Fortis is a dynamic and enterprising International company specialising in contractual claims and quantity surveying related activities, our services are available to clients operating in the Middle East, India, China, African and Southeast Asian construction industries. We deliver customised and tailored solutions to our ever-growing portfolio of clients’ by utilising best practices and the latest technology at highly competitive rates.

Fortis works closely with a wide range of clients from end-use owners, developers, consultants and main contractors, to subcontractors and suppliers. Our services can be utilised at different stages of the project lifecycle, or we can provide expertise and guidance throughout the entire life cycle of the project. At all times our clients’ can rely on our proactive methodology, and vast wealth of experience and knowledge to achieve the results necessary to protect their commercial and contractual positions.

However, we do emphasize an approach of problem prevention, rather than problem solution as the most cost-effective approach to project planning and delivery. To this end, Fortis is perfectly positioned to offer our unique professional advisory services which put our clients’ on a solid commercial and contractual footing, so that risks can be addressed methodically, and in a cost-effective manner that minimises disruption to our clients’ business operations.

Fortis offer our unique commercial and contractual services throughout a diverse range of disciplines across the entire spectrum of the construction industry, both locally in the Middle East and Internationally. Our experience, market knowledge, and proactive attitude allow our clients’ to make more informed and considered decisions to meet the ever-increasing demands of the global construction industry. The services we provide can be tailored and adapted to meet the needs of our clients’. The vision of Fortis is to become industry leaders, by providing the highest level of professional services and advice to our valued clients’ across the regions we operate in. We aim to achieve this by promoting and maintaining a culture of professionalism, respect, integrity, excellence, and innovation.

Professionalism – Fortis provide continuous training and support for staff to ensure that our clients’ needs are fulfilled to the highest professional standards. We promote strong independent thinking from our staff which promotes an atmosphere of co-operation and collaboration, the benefits of this approach are passed on to our clients’. The success of Fortis is driven by the collective energy, intelligence, and contributions of all our team members.


Respect – Respect for our valued clients’ and employees is at the forefront of the Fortis business model. We initiate and develop relationships that make a difference in the lives of our employees and the business requirements and lives of our clients’.


Integrity – We uphold the highest standards of integrity in all of our interactions with clients, fellow employees and the general public. We are personally accountable for delivering on our commitments and are dedicated to providing the same high-quality service to all our clients across the regions we operate in.


Excellence – Fortis is the market leader in the latest quantity surveying and contractual claims presentations techniques, we offer our clients an unsurpassed service that delivers premium value to their business.


Innovation – At Fortis, we take pride in our creativeness and innovation in identifying and customising solutions to meet our clients ever-evolving needs.

Darren Bruen – Managing Director

MRICS, MCIArb, Accredited Mediator

Darren is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with an MSc in Construction Law and is a founder member of Fortis. His specialist experience includes pre and post-contract Quantity Surveying functions, contract administration/claims, and commercial management of large-scale construction projects in the Middle East and Ireland. In addition, Darren has worked on ICC Arbitrations, CEDR Mediations, and the preparation of documents for litigation in the UAE and Qatari Courts.

Seamus McLaughlin – General Manager

HNC Building and Quantity Surveying

Seamus is an experienced Commercial Manager and Contract Administrator having worked for various large multinational organizations throughout his career in Ireland, UK, South Africa, Botswana, and the Middle East region. He is a founding member of Fortis, and as General Manager is responsible for the governance of company compliance and corporate matters. Seamus has recently worked on behalf of the claimant in relation to an ICC arbitration and court proceeding in the role of case preparation, substantiation, factual witness, quantum support, and assisting the claimant’s legal advisors.


Previously Seamus has served as a Regional Commercial Manager and General Manager for a major MEP Subcontractor based in the Middle East, where he managed all commercial issues, planning, procurement, estimating, contractual, and general management issues.