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Construction: International Arbitration — UK-wide


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld - Construction

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent international practice with a strong reputation for advising top-drawer clients on large infrastructure and oil and gas projects worldwide. Able to handle matters in challenging overseas jurisdictions including Iraq and West Africa. Receives praise for its contentious offering in domestic litigation and international arbitration.

Strengths One satisfied client notes: "It is a very well-led group where client delivery through clear thinking and execution are paramount."

"The firm provide clear advice and strategy that enables us to unlock our disputes without necessarily having to bring or defend expensive formal proceedings," reports a market commentator.

Work highlights Acted for China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East) in an international arbitration seated in Dubai concerning Dubai International Airport and whether a joint venture agreement between the claimant and BK Gulf was properly determined and, if so, what the profit and loss share ought to be.

Acted for the Arabtec in a USD400 million arbitration seated in Abu Dhabi under the ADCACC Rules, relating to a USD1.3 billion project under construction in Kazakhstan.

Significant clients LUKOIL, SPX Flow.

Notable practitioners

Hamish Lal is a formidable construction practitioner who is widely respected for his experience representing purchaser clients in complex disputes, particularly international arbitrations. One client enthuses that "his understanding of the commercial and legal landscape is astonishingly good and his capacity to comprehend complex factual and technical issues is unmatched."

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Baker McKenzie - Construction

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected practice with a strong international presence including significant experience of work in the Middle East and the CIS. Offers particular strength in arbitration work and in both the infrastructure and commercial development sectors. Equipped to handle the construction aspects of sizeable energy and transport projects.

Strengths One observer notes: "The client service is excellent. They are caring and aim to satisfy the client’s needs."

A client adds: "They provided clear and practical advice in response to our instructions."

Work highlights Advised Korea Electric Power Corporation on the construction elements of the joint development with Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation of the USD24.4 billion 5,600 MW Barakah nuclear power plant in the UAE.

Acted for Retansel Enterprises on the defence of an anti-suit injunction being sought against it and its subsidiary, Renovation, by Mace.

Significant clients Government of the British Virgin Islands, Ma'aden, Southern Water, Housing Development of Trinidad and Tobago, SUEZ.

Notable practitioners

Steve Abraham has a strong international arbitration practice. He receives frequent instructions to handle disputes in the mining, infrastructure and energy sectors. One source notes that "he is very pragmatic in his approach."

Global infrastructure group head Mike Webster is admired by one source for being "very client-oriented and solution-driven." He focuses his practice on providing transactional support to clients all over the world.

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Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP - Construction

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Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Top-drawer construction team with a significant market presence in both contentious and non-contentious work. Regularly instructed in high-value matters worldwide by major players on both sides of the industry, especially on purchaser-led work. Particular strengths in the infrastructure and property development sectors. Also regularly involved in matters in the energy, utilities and leisure sectors.

Strengths One client notes: "They're very attentive and skilled people who are alive to commerciality and legalese."

According to another source, "they have a very collaborative attitude and an in-depth knowledge of the area with regard to all forms of construction."

Work highlights Advised UOL Group on various construction matters relating to its acquisition of Heron Plaza, now known as 150 Bishopsgate. The freehold site has planning permission to be developed into a 43-storey tower.

Acted for Madison Developments on the design, procurement strategy and documentation for The Madison, a 53-storey residential tower designed by Make Architects.

Advised Highways England on the contractual, regulatory, financial and procurement issues relating to the delivery of a £15 billion investment into England's motorway and trunk road network.

Significant clients Canary Wharf Group, Solentanche Bachy, GE, Balfour Beatty.

Notable practitioners

Terry de Souza maintains an excellent contentious practice with a noted experience of international arbitrations. He typically represents owners, developers, sponsors and contractors in disputes relating to infrastructure projects, including energy schemes. One client reports: "He's client-focused and gives practical, clear and concise advice," adding: "He knows what he's talking about."

Caroline Pope is a top disputes lawyer with an excellent reputation for handling matters on both the purchaser and supplier sides of the construction market. Her excellent domestic capabilities are bolstered by her deep experience acting in the Middle East. One commentator appreciates that "she's extremely bright, has great in-depth knowledge and is not frightened by anything."

Marc Hanson leads the firm's construction, engineering and procurement group, and is admired by one source for "understanding the construction market and always driving a hard bargain to mitigate risk." He is well known for his representation of developers in heavyweight projects.

John Hughes-D'Aeth offers top-quality transactional support to clients in the infrastructure and utilities sectors. He is regularly sought after to advise on contractual issues and agreement negotiations, and is routinely highlighted by sources for his technical abilities.

Bob Maynard heads the department's contentious arm and is well versed in a variety of forms of dispute resolution on behalf of clients spanning the breadth of the construction industry. He practices in a diverse range of industries, including energy and utilities. One source notes that "he brings a wealth of experience" and "even when there might appear to be a difficult situation he comes up with good ideas."

Nazir Dewji incorporates construction matters into a varied international practice. He provides significant clients with assistance with procurement strategy and project management, among other matters. According to one source, "he is very informative, appreciative of the client objectives, and has a comprehensive understanding of industry trends."

Stella Mitchell is a non-contentious specialist with experience in a host of matters in such sectors as infrastructure and utilities. She regularly acts for purchaser-side clients and draws praise from one source for being able to "quickly gather knowledge of the subject matter and express opinion and factual information in a clear and easy-to-understand manner."

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Clifford Chance LLP - Construction

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What the team is known for Market-leading department with a robust domestic offering that complements a significant international presence, including impressive experience in Africa and the Middle East. Advises prominent entities in the construction industry on large-scale matters such as real estate developments, infrastructure schemes and oil, gas and renewables projects. Client base is composed of significant funders, sponsors, contractors and developers.

Strengths One commentator notes: "They are incredibly sophisticated and always on time and on target. They accommodate every request and deliver good work."

"Overall the team is very strong, knowledgeable and commercial," one client observes.

Work highlights Advised Native Land as the developer of a nine-building urban regeneration project at Bankside, London. This included the drafting of professional appointments, a demolition contract and building contracts in relation to the £500 million development.

Advised SOCAR on the revamp and modernisation of two downstream oil and gas assets, each valued at USD1 billion. Work involved advising on procurement strategy and drafting a suite of template construction contracts.

Represented Hyundai Heavy Industries in LMAA arbitration proceedings concerning the cancellation of a semi-submersible drilling platform, including complex delay and cost overrun issues.

Significant clients ENGIE, EDF, GE, Battersea Project Land Company, Helical.

Notable practitioners

Alex Panayides heads the department's contentious offering and has a highly regarded international arbitration practice. He is frequently engaged in construction disputes in the oil and gas industry, and is known by one commentator to be "incredibly commercial and very good at strategy."

Non-contentious group head David Metzger frequently represents purchaser clients in significant matters in the energy, infrastructure and urban regeneration businesses. He is highlighted by one client for his ability to "combine a mastery of his subject with very practical application."

Transactional specialist Marianne Toghill enjoys a strong reputation for her representation of purchaser-side clients. She advises on the construction elements of real estate development projects, including new communities projects and urban regenerations.

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Clyde & Co LLP - Construction

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for High-quality practice with demonstrable abilities in contentious and transactional work in both the infrastructure and commercial development sectors. Has experience of energy and transport projects, among other schemes. Acts for a range of clients in the UK and abroad including market-leading contractors, insurers and developers.

Strengths Sources appreciate that the team "takes a practical, pragmatic view."

Interviewees consider the team to be "subject experts with good market knowledge."

Work highlights Advised Urban & Civic Princess Street on the design and construction of a multi-storey three block development on a city centre site in Manchester. Work included advising on all construction documentation and professional appointments.

Continued to provide long-term support to Wates, including undertaking tender reviews of contract forms and advising the team on related documents, including bonds, guarantees and collateral warranties.

Significant clients AkzoNobel.

Notable practitioners

John Morris is the head of the firm's international projects and construction group and maintains a premier practice offering excellent contentious and non-contentious advice to significant industry participants. One interviewee describes him as a "very good strategic thinker who cuts to the nub of issues quickly and provides very clear advice."

Patrick Perry "always provides high-quality advice in a manner which is concise and commercially focused," according to market commentators. His disputes practice is concentrated on representing supplier-side clients in professional indemnity and insurance matters within the construction arena.

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Energy, Engineering, Marine and Construction

Energy, Engineering, Marine and Construction Insurance department are a team that specialise in major international insurance dispute resolution in the energy and marine insurance sectors, including working on war risks, fraud investigation and reinsurance.

The department works with insurer clients and contractors, providing coverage advice and handling both court and arbitration claims. Coverage advice will focus on reviewing the terms of the insurance policy and determining whether the insurance claim is covered. The court and arbitration claims can originate from the coverage advice, but they also include subrogated claims on behalf of insurers and/or marine liability claims.

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CMS - Construction

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What the team is known for Prominent advisers to major clients on non-contentious and contentious matters, including international arbitrations, in the UK, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Particularly noted for its energy, infrastructure and real estate offerings. CMS merged with Nabarro and Olswang in May 2017, significantly bolstering its construction capabilities.

Strengths One client says: "It is a confident and user-friendly team which roundly produces top-quality, commercial advice in tune with the business timescales we are working to."

A further source notes: "Their main strengths are technical and industry knowledge, and depth of resource."

Work highlights Assisted a subsidiary of ENGIE with a number of EPC contracts for the construction of the various assets required to support ENGIE’s successful bid in the auction for the provision of electricity to Chile’s Sistema Interconectado Central power grid.

Advised RBS on due diligence on existing contracts, negotiating professional appointments and the procurement of all security documents with regard to the redevelopment of Great Scotland Yard and construction of a new luxury hotel in the centre of London.

Significant clients Amey, SSE, Laing O'Rourke, Aberdeen Asset Management, Balfour Beatty.

Notable practitioners

Adrian Bell maintains a broad disputes practice that is balanced between the representation of clients on the purchaser and supplier sides of the market. He also appears in international arbitrations. He is particularly active in the engineering, energy and infrastructure spaces, with noted strength in PFI disputes. One source says: "Adrian is meticulous in his preparations and provides clear and unambiguous advice."

Victoria Peckett has a varied practice, handling matters ranging from contract drafting and negotiation to dispute resolution. She acts for purchaser and supplier-side clients in a host of domestic and international projects. One interviewee enthuses that "she is extremely experienced and knowledgeable."

The "exemplary" Alistair McGrigor stands out to clients for his "level of expertise and commercial nous." He offers transactional representation to a client base of significant domestic developers.

David Parton maintains an "excellent" non-contentious practice which is sought after by heavyweight developer clients. He is frequently instructed to advise on the construction elements of transport and commercial development projects.

Steven Williams is an esteemed disputes practitioner who represents clients on both the purchaser and supplier sides of the market. He regularly deals with contentious construction issues arising in the energy and infrastructure sectors. One source reports that he is an "excellent, proactive, sensible and pragmatic lawyer who is skilled at delving into the detail quickly and converting complicated issues to business-friendly and easily understood advice."

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Corbett & Co International Construction Lawyers Ltd - Construction

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong international arbitration practice that has a worldwide presence in the transport, infrastructure and power sectors. Well placed to advise on disputes relating to significant road schemes. Non-contentious work includes advising clients in the renewables and nuclear power industries. Client base includes significant international contractors, consultants and government entities.

Strengths One commentator appreciates that "due to their broad experience on international construction projects, they are able to provide their high-quality advice on complex matters in optimal timeframes."

Work highlights Advised the government of Gibraltar on the settlement and procurement of a new construction contract with Obrascon Huarte Lain.

Represented Reinhold Meister Wasserbau in an arbitration against the River Administration of the Lower Danube in Romania regarding the construction of bank protection along a 15 km section of the Sulina shipping channel.

Significant clients Government of Serbia, Government of Georgia, Thales, Redix, Lomé Container Terminal.

Notable practitioners

Edward Corbett is the firm's managing director and a highly regarded international arbitration practitioner. He stands out for his expertise in the FIDIC suite of contracts, as well as for his experience acting in Eastern European jurisdictions. One client says: "He is unshakeable and supreme. He is very good at confronting us with the possible arguments of the other party."

Dominic Helps offers advice to supplier-side clients in contentious matters across the full spectrum of construction law. He has experience of representing domestic and international developers, contractors and high net worth individuals, and regularly advises on matters in the energy and infrastructure spheres.

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Fenwick Elliott LLP - Construction

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Basic facts about the department
- 19 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acclaimed supplier-side offering tackling both contentious and non-contentious work in the UK, the Middle East and Asia. Able to advise throughout the life-cycle of a construction project, from procurement strategy and contract negotiation to dispute avoidance and litigation. Active on major renewables, power and infrastructure projects. Represents numerous high-profile contractors and several foreign governments.

Strengths One interviewee reports: "They have a broad knowledge of construction and they look after their clients very well."

A satisfied client highlights that "they are client-focused and have a desire to achieve results in as cost-effective a manner as possible."

Work highlights Acted for National Infrastructure Development Corporation against three banks in respect of claims on performance securities. The securities had been issued at the request of a Brazilian contractor pursuant to a FIDIC contract for £576 million for the construction of a major highway in Trinidad and Tobago.

Acted for Galliford Try as the main contractor in a multimillion-pound, multiparty defects claim brought by a further education college.

Significant clients Marubeni Europower, VolkerFitzpatrick, Vinci, John Sisk & Son, King's College London.

Notable practitioners

Richard Smellie is an experienced construction practitioner with a solid reputation for acting in domestic disputes and international arbitrations. He also has expertise in project documentation and contractual issues. He represents supplier-side clients in numerous sectors, including energy.

Anthony Francis maintains a broad contentious practice and frequently advises supplier-side clients on dispute avoidance and resolution. He assists with domestic and international construction projects, including PFI schemes. One source notes: "He has an ability to cut to the chase quickly and set action plans accordingly," adding: "He is a strong team player."

Simon Tolson is a highly respected contentious practitioner who services the supplier side of the construction market. He has experience of various forms of dispute resolution including litigation, adjudication and arbitration. One impressed source highlights that "Simon is an accomplished litigator and good to deal with."

Nicholas Gould typically advises supplier-side clients on a wide range of issues, from contract drafting to dispute resolution. He is particularly active in the transport, petrochemical and energy sectors, both domestically and internationally, with noted experience of projects in the Middle East.

Toby Randle advises on a broad range of construction issues, from transactional matters to dispute resolution, and is highlighted for his experience as a barrister. One client reports that he is "streetwise, versatile and can handle any issue."

Victoria Russell offers contentious and non-contentious support to clients from a number of industries. She is especially strong in the education sector, and counts a number of universities as part of her client base, as well as prominent contractors and local authorities. She stands out for her deep experience in arbitration proceedings.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Construction

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding firm highly regarded for its work on purchaser-led and international arbitration work. Provides quality representation of clients carrying out infrastructure and development projects worldwide. Recent work includes matters in the nuclear and natural resources sectors, as well as PFI work.

Strengths In the words of one satisfied commentator, "we received an exceptional service from the firm; clearly they are experts in the field."

One source highlights that "they always appear to be able to bring quality people in and get them up to speed quickly on the task in hand."

Work highlights Advised Almacantar in relation to the forward purchase of two new buildings to be constructed on the Shell headquarters site by a joint venture between Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar. Matter involved conducting due diligence and negotiating construction documentation.

Represented the MoD on all aspects of an extension to the existing 35-year Allenby/Connaught PFI. This includes the construction of new housing and infrastructure and reconfigurations to house troops under the Army Basing Programme.

Significant clients Amey Local Government, EnergySolutions EU, University of Oxford, Northern Capital Highway, Two Capitals Highway.

Notable practitioners

Department head Jane Jenkins has a varied construction practice which includes providing excellent contentious and non-contentious advice to purchaser clients. She also has experience in international arbitrations. She stands out to one source for her "amazing instincts and ability to have a grip on seemingly every detail."

Sally Roe is an enormously well-respected lawyer who is sought after by purchaser and supplier-side clients alike. She provides consummate contentious and non-contentious advice on projects in private and public sectors, including transport schemes. One interviewee enthuses: "Sally matches a keen intellect with an uncanny ability to identify the key legal issues and principles at stake, while setting them in the context of the client's business conditions and challenges."

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Please visit the Freshfields website for more details about our work in these categories:
 
Construction and engineering disputes:http://www.freshfields.com/en-gb/what-we-do/services/construction-and-engineering/construction-and-engineering-disputes/
Construction contracts: http://www.freshfields.com/en-gb/what-we-do/services/construction-and-engineering/construction-contracts/

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Construction

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What the team is known for Standout practice with an impressive purchaser client base. Frequently sought to advise on energy, transport and property development matters, including some of the largest projects in the UK. Offers notable expertise in contentious and cross-border matters. Advises a number of significant corporations and developers.

Strengths One client observes: "The construction group is strong, with good leadership at the helm and depth demonstrated in capable earlier-career partners and associates."

To another observer, the team stands out for its "commercial approach to getting things done and ability to achieve the correct result."

Work highlights Represented Hammerson Brent Cross and Standard Life throughout a major extension to the existing Brent Cross shopping centre, including a new bus station, car parking and other facilities. The team advised on procurement strategy and the preparation of consultancy appointments.

Advised Almacantar its development of Marble Arch Place, London along with an associated development in Edgware Road, including counselling on procurement strategy, contractor agreements and the negotiation of the main building contract.

Significant clients Transport for London, Marubeni, High Speed Two, Nord Stream 2, Petronas.

Notable practitioners

Mark Lloyd-Williams is a strong contentious lawyer who provides his client base with assistance in domestic disputes, as well as in international arbitrations. He is frequently involved in projects in the infrastructure and power sectors in jurisdictions across the world. One commentator highlights that "Mark stays calm and steady under pressure, and brings a commercial and practical approach to dispute resolution."

Nicholas Downing is a highly regarded non-contentious specialist who applies his years of experience to prestigious domestic and international construction projects, often in the transport and energy sectors. He is highlighted for his experience with large-scale urban redevelopment projects.

Ann Levin is respected for her representation of developers, contractors and consultants in a broad range of contentious matters. Her broad practice includes handling construction disputes occurring in transport and residential and commercial development projects. One commentator characterises her as "very calm and clear-thinking, with a great eye for the detail."

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We help our clients with their most important projects focusing on key requirements, cutting through complexity and advising with absolute clarity.

Providing strategic advice, innovative solutions and high quality drafting, our market-leading, specialist construction and engineering team can help you with the full spectrum of legal services on all aspects of your project from procurement to completion, across multiple industries, jurisdictions and sectors including energy, infrastructure and real estate.

One of our chief aims is to support our clients without unnecessarily increasing cost for reducing risk and to add value through a commercial approach allied to an understanding of the practical issues which may arise.

When disputes arise, our contentious team has the experience and industry knowledge that is required to achieve the optimum outcome for you on complex, high value and often multi-jurisdictional disputes and all types of construction claims. Working closely with our non-contentious colleagues, the disputes team will often know the project, the parties and the issues of contention long before any formal dispute arises; and will assist you to avoid formal disputes wherever possible. 

Our lawyers frequently act on disputes and projects across the globe, including disputes under construction contracts, O&M contracts, PFI/PPP agreements, offtake agreements, financing documents and joint venture agreements.






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Hogan Lovells - Construction

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Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Sterling practice with acknowledged strength in the full range of construction work. Significant experience acting in contentious and non-contentious matters for both contractors and developers. Acts on big-ticket matters in the UK and around the globe, often advising on energy and property development issues. London team is complemented by an extensive global network of offices.

Strengths One source notes: "Where they have an advantage is their excellent client service. They're very responsive and client-oriented – they ask about the company's strategy and take into account the business background."

A commentator reports that the team is "supremely commercial, and knows what we want and where our risk points are," adding: "They're hugely personable and approachable."

Work highlights Advised King's Cross Central Ltd Partnership, an Argent entity, on all construction aspects of the £2 billion King's Cross Central development.

Advised on the construction aspects of the retail, residential and commercial redevelopment of Tottenham Hale being undertaken by Argent in joint venture with an American company.

Significant clients Alstom, EDF, Bechtel, Kier, Rio Tinto.

Notable practitioners

Gillian Thomas sits as the firm's global head of non-contentious construction and regularly represents the interests of purchaser-side clients. She is sought after to advise on energy and infrastructure projects. In the words of one client, "she's hugely knowledgeable, unflappable, knows the contract world inside out and is liked and respected by both sides."

Roberta Downey "is a highly skilled and pragmatic legal mind, and gives detailed thought to the business practicalities associated with a claim and manages to navigate difficult technical matters with ease." She is a contentious specialist with a strong reputation for advising supplier-side clients in significant disputes in power, infrastructure and telecommunications projects all over the world.

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Mayer Brown International LLP - Construction

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Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Heavyweight practice that wields considerable strength throughout the entirety of the construction market. Major insurers, employers and contractors make up its impressive client list. Wealth of experience in Middle Eastern and African matters. Handles notable work in the energy, transport, retail and commercial and residential development fields.

Strengths One client reports being "impressed by the proactive team approach to resolving issues," saying: "They always deal with things in a logical, progressive manner."

Market insiders say: "What they're good at is being commercial and practical with advice. They resource jobs appropriately and have good industry contacts."

Work highlights Advised Costain and its insurers on a number of issues which have arisen at three microbiological treatment plants and four IVC plants in Manchester. This includes resolving issues with the employer and pursuing a claim against Costain's design team.

Advised Brazilian shipbuilding yard Estaleiro Atlantico Sul on the EPC and shipbuilding contracts for the supply of eight crude oil carriers, as well as on the drafting of an EPC contract between a South Korean shipyard and the client.

Significant clients Wates, Galliford Try, Kier, Panama Canal Authority, Hyundai.

Notable practitioners

Construction and engineering group leader Michael Regan is an experienced and well-respected contentious practitioner who excels at supplier-side representation, as well as in international arbitrations. He is regularly engaged by clients to handle disputes in infrastructure, mining and power projects worldwide. One interviewee says: "He is very knowledgeable and calm. He collects his thoughts and gives sound and solid advice."

Raid Abu-Manneh is co-chair of the firm's arbitration practice and represents a number of contractors and utilities companies. He is frequently embroiled in international arbitrations concerning construction projects in the energy sector, with additional knowledge of the rail industry.

Kwadwo Sarkodie maintains a well thought of international arbitration practice, regularly representing employers, consultants, contractors and insurers in a broad range of matters. He often handles defective works and extension of time and loss claims, and has particular knowledge of the African market.

Jonathan Hosie is a hugely respected construction practitioner who advises clients on both the purchaser and supplier sides of the market. His broad domestic and international practice spans the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious issues in areas such as power, infrastructure and real estate development. Clients appreciate that he "understands the commercialities" and is a "great thinker."

Sally Davies is an "extremely pragmatic, persuasive and capable" lawyer who has an excellent reputation for her contentious practice. She often handles professional indemnity and insurance issues in a construction context. One commentator notes: "Sally is very approachable but combines this with real steel. She also gives great practical advice."

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Construction

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 42 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noteworthy practice specialising in significant, high-value infrastructure and energy projects, supplemented by a robust international arbitration offering. Prominent in oil and gas, transport, utilities and mining matters. Client base includes investors, developers, contractors and project companies.

Work highlights Acted for Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft on the construction elements of the extension to Westfield White City.

Advised Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée in connection with the USD800 million expansion of its Sangaredi bauxite mine in western Guinea, including the expansion of the capacity of the mine and the construction of additional rail and port infrastructure.

Significant clients National Grid, Bechtel, Bouygues, Marubeni, European Investment Bank.

Notable practitioners

Peter Hall regularly advises clients on the construction elements of significant energy projects, including those in the nuclear and clean energy sectors. His domestic practice is complemented by experience working in Asia and the Middle East.

Richard Hill has a strong reputation for the quality of his transactional work on energy and property development projects. He regularly advises clients on the procurement and contractual issues associated with power and renewable energy projects, and stands out for his experience working in Africa.

Donald Warnock provides both contentious and non-contentious legal support to a client base of contractors, funders and employers on construction projects domestically and internationally.

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Pinsent Masons - Construction

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Basic facts about the department
- 33 partners
- 4 legal directors
- 62 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dynamic practice with an acclaimed offering in supplier-led matters complemented by a strong presence in the purchaser-led and international arbitration markets. Regularly instructed to advise on contracts and disputes across the UK and in a variety of other jurisdictions. Particularly active in significant infrastructure projects and on the construction aspects of energy schemes, including oil and gas projects.

Strengths One commentator reports: "They stand out because they look to help us and our business."

One source highlights that the firm is "very capable in relation to construction disputes and proactive in project managing."

Work highlights Advised Aspire Defence on the construction elements of the MoD's Army Basing Programme, intended to provide accommodation for UK troops returning from Germany and Afghanistan in various locations in Wiltshire and Hampshire.

Assisted Turkish contractor Tepe Insaat Sanayi to recover monies due under an arbitration award flowing out of two substantial ICC arbitrations concerning FIDIC-based contracts pertaining to the construction of the Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan pipeline, Turkey.

Significant clients Bouygues, Balfour Beatty, Kier, Carillion, Costain.

Notable practitioners

Esteemed market presence Martin Harman is a very highly respected and experienced construction practitioner. He advises on contentious and non-contentious issues regarding significant infrastructure projects the world over.

Mark Roe heads the firm's international arbitration practice and focuses on contentious construction matters. He is frequently engaged in significant disputes concerning infrastructure and energy projects worldwide, with experience in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Neal Morris heads the construction dispute resolution services team in London and represents a host of heavyweight domestic contractors, employers and professionals in a variety of matters. One interviewee enthuses: "He is an imaginative tactician – if you give him a tricky problem he will come up with a solution."

Richard Laudy often provides procurement and other advisory assistance to supplier clients in relation to major construction projects. He also regularly works with clients on risk management issues.

Shy Jackson is experienced at advising suppliers on a broad range of matters, from contractual work to numerous forms of dispute resolution. One source enthuses that his "brain is in a different league to anyone else, and he gives good legal steers to navigate through issues."

Adam Harris maintains a broad contentious practice that focuses on providing employer and contractor clients with risk management and dispute resolution advice in a range of sectors, with particular strength in infrastructure and PFI projects. One interviewee reports: "Adam is absolutely excellent. He has real strategic vision and understands where we need to go and how to get there."

The "very commercial" Kevin Joyce is an "excellent lawyer and extremely approachable," according to commentators. He advises supplier-side clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters, particularly in the transport and power industries. He is active both domestically and in the Middle East.

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Shearman & Sterling LLP - Construction

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What the team is known for Noted for its increasingly formidable international arbitration practice representing prominent clients throughout Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Has significant experience in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors. Typical clients include well-known contractors and energy companies.

Work highlights Represented the claimants, Areva and Siemens, in an ICC arbitration seated in Stockholm against Finnish utility company Teollisuuden Voima Oyj regarding an agreement for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Finland using Areva's EPR design. The case included issues of delay and disruption.

Significant clients Bahrain Petroleum Company, Golar LNG, ENGIE, K-Exim, JBIC.

Notable practitioners

Mark McNeill is a key contact.

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Vinson & Elkins RLLP - Construction

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for High-quality practice with a global presence. Noted for handling transactional and contentious construction matters for major players within the energy sector. Also attracts mandates relating to significant transport projects. Frequently assists clients with international arbitral proceedings.

Strengths One client reports: "They worked very hard to get the job done, and were very reactive, helpful and client-oriented."

One interview considers that "the V&E team is completely dedicated to the needs of the client."

Work highlights Advised SOCAR on its proposed development and financing of a gas processing plant and petrochemicals facility in Azerbaijan. The team's work included drafting and negotiating the EPC contract.

Continued to represent the Panama Canal Authority in various arbitration and disputes.

Significant clients Doğuş İnşaat ve Ticaret, Chicago Bridge & Iron, STAR Refineri, Uz-Kor, EuroChem.

Notable practitioners

In the words of one interviewee, Nicholas Henchie is "very experienced in construction matters and focuses on the essential elements of the dispute." He is an accomplished construction practitioner whose work on infrastructure and energy projects is the subject of much praise. Another source reports: "Nick’s leadership, capabilities and dedication are second to none."

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Vinson & Elkins has a leading reputation for advising clients on complex, high profile and value matters. 

2016 has been an outstanding year for the team with a very significant upward growth in fee revenues.  With Nick Henchie’s growing reputation as a leading authority on construction disputes, the team continued to win new instructions, from existing key as well as new clients, particularly on exceptionally high profile matters which is testament to the growing team and its reputation.

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White & Case LLP - Construction

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Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 3 counsel
- 47 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Widely admired for its work on large, high-end infrastructure and energy projects worldwide. Has particular knowledge of transport infrastructure projects, having handled numerous construction matters relating to railways and airports. Offers extensive expertise in the handling of international arbitration proceedings. Clients include major international developers, state-owned entities and prominent contractors.

Strengths One commentator notes that the team is "very clear in the legal assistance and advice they provide."

"They are outstanding and truly function as a team," reports a satisfied client.

Work highlights Represented Grupo Unidos por el Canal and its shareholders in a dispute with the Panama Canal Authority relating to the USD5.5 billion Panama Canal expansion project known as the 'Third Set of Locks Project'.

Advised Galileo Technologies in relation to the construction of a 40 MW gas fired power plant in Mendoza, Argentina.

Significant clients Qatar Railways Company, Eurotunnel, Egyptian Electricity, EMCOR, Carbon Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Phillip Capper is "an excellent oral advocate who is very steady, calm and focused," according to a client. His international arbitration practice is widely admired by market sources, and he is regularly instructed to handle disputes concerning prestigious projects worldwide.

Ellis Baker has an impressive non-contentious practice. He is highlighted in particular for his deep knowledge of the FIDIC suite of contracts. One source admires that Baker has "learnt the tricks of the trade and says it how it is."

Daniel Garton continues to grow his international arbitration practice and regularly assists with disputes arising out of significant power and infrastructure projects. One client says: "He is extremely detail-oriented, has a very solid legal mind and is able to see issues from many perspectives."

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Phillip Capper is "an excellent oral advocate who is very steady, calm and focused," according to a client. His international arbitration practice is widely admired by market sources, and he is regularly instructed to handle disputes concerning prestigious projects worldwide.

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Vinson & Elkins RLLP

From the Chambers UK guide

In the words of one interviewee, Nicholas Henchie is "very experienced in construction matters and focuses on the essential elements of the dispute." He is an accomplished construction practitioner whose work on infrastructure and energy projects is the subject of much praise. Another source reports: "Nick’s leadership, capabilities and dedication are second to none."

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

From the Chambers UK guide

Hamish Lal is a formidable construction practitioner who is widely respected for his experience representing purchaser clients in complex disputes, particularly international arbitrations. One client enthuses that "his understanding of the commercial and legal landscape is astonishingly good and his capacity to comprehend complex factual and technical issues is unmatched."

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Mayer Brown International LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Construction and engineering group leader Michael Regan is an experienced and well-respected contentious practitioner who excels at supplier-side representation, as well as in international arbitrations. He is regularly engaged by clients to handle disputes in infrastructure, mining and power projects worldwide. One interviewee says: "He is very knowledgeable and calm. He collects his thoughts and gives sound and solid advice."

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Mayer Brown International LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Raid Abu-Manneh is co-chair of the firm's arbitration practice and represents a number of contractors and utilities companies. He is frequently embroiled in international arbitrations concerning construction projects in the energy sector, with additional knowledge of the rail industry.

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ellis Baker has an impressive non-contentious practice. He is highlighted in particular for his deep knowledge of the FIDIC suite of contracts. One source admires that Baker has "learnt the tricks of the trade and says it how it is."

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Corbett & Co International Construction Lawyers Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

Edward Corbett is the firm's managing director and a highly regarded international arbitration practitioner. He stands out for his expertise in the FIDIC suite of contracts, as well as for his experience acting in Eastern European jurisdictions. One client says: "He is unshakeable and supreme. He is very good at confronting us with the possible arguments of the other party."

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Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Terry de Souza maintains an excellent contentious practice with a noted experience of international arbitrations. He typically represents owners, developers, sponsors and contractors in disputes relating to infrastructure projects, including energy schemes. One client reports: "He's client-focused and gives practical, clear and concise advice," adding: "He knows what he's talking about."

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Tony Dymond of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a prominent disputes specialist with strong international arbitration capabilities. He is especially active in significant energy and infrastructure construction projects both domestically and internationally, including in Latin America and the Middle East. One source commends him for being "a very good strategist, case manager and leader."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers UK guide

Steve Abraham has a strong international arbitration practice. He receives frequent instructions to handle disputes in the mining, infrastructure and energy sectors. One source notes that "he is very pragmatic in his approach."

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CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Adrian Bell maintains a broad disputes practice that is balanced between the representation of clients on the purchaser and supplier sides of the market. He also appears in international arbitrations. He is particularly active in the engineering, energy and infrastructure spaces, with noted strength in PFI disputes. One source says: "Adrian is meticulous in his preparations and provides clear and unambiguous advice."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Department head Jane Jenkins has a varied construction practice which includes providing excellent contentious and non-contentious advice to purchaser clients. She also has experience in international arbitrations. She stands out to one source for her "amazing instincts and ability to have a grip on seemingly every detail."

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Mark Lloyd-Williams

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Lloyd-Williams is a strong contentious lawyer who provides his client base with assistance in domestic disputes, as well as in international arbitrations. He is frequently involved in projects in the infrastructure and power sectors in jurisdictions across the world. One commentator highlights that "Mark stays calm and steady under pressure, and brings a commercial and practical approach to dispute resolution."

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Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alex Panayides heads the department's contentious offering and has a highly regarded international arbitration practice. He is frequently engaged in construction disputes in the oil and gas industry, and is known by one commentator to be "incredibly commercial and very good at strategy."

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Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

James Pickavance represents a broad client base, including public and private sector organisations, in contentious matters. He is an expert in international arbitration. He is "very thoughtful and likes to know all the detail to enable him to see the big picture," says one commentator.

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Mayer Brown International LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kwadwo Sarkodie maintains a well thought of international arbitration practice, regularly representing employers, consultants, contractors and insurers in a broad range of matters. He often handles defective works and extension of time and loss claims, and has particular knowledge of the African market.

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HFW

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Sergeant is a highly experienced international arbitration lawyer with a strong practice domestically and in the Middle East. He receives regular instructions to assist in disputes in the transport, energy and commercial development arenas. One source says: "He is very thorough, very organised and works well with people. He is always well prepared and is very user-friendly."

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Fenwick Elliott LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Smellie is an experienced construction practitioner with a solid reputation for acting in domestic disputes and international arbitrations. He also has expertise in project documentation and contractual issues. He represents supplier-side clients in numerous sectors, including energy.

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Daniel Garton continues to grow his international arbitration practice and regularly assists with disputes arising out of significant power and infrastructure projects. One client says: "He is extremely detail-oriented, has a very solid legal mind and is able to see issues from many perspectives."

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