Sarah Thomas

Partner, Pinsent Masons

Sarah has over 25 years’ experience advising on major infrastructure projects, both in the UK and internationally, focussing in particular on the process sectors (energy, mining, water and waste) and most recently on electricity Interconnectors  linking Scotland and Northern Ireland and the UK and France.  As such, Sarah has been recognised by the UK Legal Directories and as being recommended both as a water lawyer and as a construction lawyer both by Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 and is currently ranked in Legal 500 for her work in Mining and Minerals.

Sarah was also listed by Women in Mining as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Mining in December 2015.

Sarah leads the firm’s FIDIC initiative for its Projects transactional practice and is an established speaker on FIDIC , most recently co-presenting in the firm’s briefings/webinars on the proposed pre – release edition of the new updated FIDIC Yellow Book (Design & Build) form, as well as presenting at the European Institute of Contractors (EIC) General assembly in Florence in April 2016 on recent contracting trends including adopting FIDIC forms.

But as well as the traditional international UK and international standard forms (FIDIC, NEC, IChemE and JCT) Sarah is also familiar with construction & erection, EPC, E&P (Engineer & Procure) and EPCM forms used in the energy and process sectors, as well as frameworks, alliance agreements and mining development agreements.  Through her experience working on large mining and water and electricity capital works projects, Sarah is well used to developing bespoke procurement models for large complex and multi-disciplined projects and co authored with Turner and Townsend a publication on the use of EPCMs for mining projects published by Mining Journal in September 2015.