Construction, Energy & Infrastructure

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Our expertise in the energy sector spans all forms of energy including oil, gas, nuclear and renewables, and increasingly extractive resources such as mining, drilling and exploration.

Members are familiar with cases involving energy joint ventures, including disputes arising from the negotiation of and the acquisition/disposal of interests in a joint venture in respect of oil and gas resources, or later disputes over agreements for capital investment in and exploitation of projects for extraction/refinement of resources with associated infrastructure projects.

We have worked on disputes all over the world, including in South Africa, Italy, Yemen, Pakistan, The Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Russia and CIS states such as Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. We are also experts in dealing with litigation in respect of offshore corporate aspects of such disputes and cases have involved Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Yemen, the UK and offshore corporate jurisdictions.

Members are adept at handling high-value disputes in this field, both in litigation and arbitration, having handled energy claims of up to $50 billion in value.

In a construction context, we have acted on some of the largest and most complex disputes. Our work often crosses into other practices including insurance and professional negligence, and relates to infrastructure projects such as highways, railways, bridges, tunnels, wind farms and power stations. We also have experience relating to sports stadiums, shopping centres, office and residential blocks.

Our members have taken on key roles in the sector including for government entities such as the independent review of the system for testing and certifying construction products.

Our work includes cases relating to:

  • Disputes between energy corporates (extractors, generators, producers, suppliers, etc.) including in the context of joint venture projects
  • Disputes around financing arrangements relating to energy and natural resources generation, production and/or supply
  • Claims arising out of major incidents and spills
  • Insurance and reinsurance issues underlying energy and/or construction disputes
  • Loss and expense claims in a construction context including in relation to delay and disruption, defective work and final account disputes
  • Disputes involving contractual terms including all principal main contracts such as JCT and FIDIC and sub-contracts like DOM/1 and DOM/2
  • Arbitrations, adjudications and mediations

Construction, Energy & Infrastructure Barristers

Richard Lissack QC

Richard Lissack QC

Call 1978 | Silk 1994

Michael McLaren QC

Michael McLaren QC

Call 1981 | Silk 2002

Timothy Howe QC

Timothy Howe QC

Call 1987 | Silk 2008

Richard Handyside QC

Richard Handyside QC

Call 1993 | Silk 2009

Derrick Dale QC

Derrick Dale QC

Call 1990 | Silk 2010

Anneliese Day QC

Anneliese Day QC

Call 1996 | Silk 2012

John Taylor QC

John Taylor QC

Call 1993 | Silk 2013

Henry King QC

Henry King QC

Call 1998 | Silk 2017

Bridget Lucas QC

Bridget Lucas QC

Call 1989 | Silk 2018

Edward Levey QC

Edward Levey QC

Call 1999 | Silk 2020

Ben Lynch QC

Ben Lynch QC

Call 2001 | Silk 2020

Nik Yeo

Call 2000

Andrew Pullen

Andrew Pullen

Call 2016

Simon Atrill

Simon Atrill

Call 2005

James Duffy

James Duffy

Call 2005

Philip Ahlquist

Philip Ahlquist

Call 2012

Giles Robertson

Giles Robertson

Call 2012

Joseph Farmer

Joseph Farmer

Call 2013

Max Evans

Max Evans

Call 2015

Max Kasriel

Max Kasriel

Call 2015

Aaron Taylor

Aaron Taylor

Call 2017

Francesca Ruddy

Francesca Ruddy

Call 2020

Daniel Schwennicke

Daniel Schwennicke

Call 2020

Hannah Bernstein

Hannah Bernstein

Call 2020

Gordon Langley

Sir Gordon Langley

Call 1966 | Silk 1983

Anthony Boswood QC

Anthony Boswood QC

Call 1970 | Silk 1986

Philip Brook Smith QC

Philip Brook Smith QC

Call 1982 | Silk 2002

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