James Flynn QC

Barrister, Brick Court Chambers

James Flynn QC specialises in EU and competition law. His extensive experience covers all aspects of competition law, including antitrust, abuse of dominance, joint ventures and mergers, market investigations and criminal law aspects. He is also expert in the fields of state aids, public procurement, IP, telecommunications and broadcasting, direct and indirect taxation, free movement and professional and financial services regulation. Before resuming practice at the Bar in 1996, he spent several years with a leading City law firm in London and Brussels and also was a référendaire at the Court of Justice for three years.


At Brick Court Chambers, his practice is both advisory and representational, before courts at all levels in England and Wales, including the Competition Appeal Tribunal, and the European Court of Justice and General Court in Luxembourg. He also appears before the European Commission, Competition Commission, Office of Fair Trading and other regulatory bodies and has acted as both arbitrator and as counsel in commercial/competition law arbitrations. He has appeared in many of the leading cases in his fields and is consistently listed in the commercial directories. In 2011 he was named Competition/EU Silk of the Year at the Chambers Bar Awards.


John Hughes-D’Aeth – Chairman

Partner, Engineering, Construction and Procurement, Berwin Leighton Paisner

John is a senior partner in the commercial team within Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s Engineering, Construction and Procurement group.  He has over 30 years’ experience of advising developers, funders, utilities and public bodies on procurement strategy and drafting and negotiating construction documentation for major building and engineering projects, both in the UK and overseas, with a particular focus on NEC3 contracts.  He is recognised in the legal directories as a leader in his field and is the Deputy Chairman of the City of London Law Society’s Construction Law Practice Committee.

John is a regular conference speaker and his articles often appear in the legal and trade press.  He was the only lawyer on the advisory board appointed by the ICE to oversee the development of the NEC4 suite of contracts.  He has authored, and now maintains, the tendering and procurement section of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors isurv website.  He has also been a regular contributor to Practical Law Construction’s blog since its inception in 2008 and is a member of its consultation board.

Fergus Randolph QC

Barrister, Brick Court Chambers

Fergus Randolph QC has over 25 years experience litigating and advising on matters of EU and Competition Law. He has appeared in the High Court, the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords, the Supreme Court, the Court of First Instance (Luxembourg), the European Court of Justice (Luxembourg) and the Supreme Court of the Falkland Islands. He spent 15 years in Brussels, first with the European Commission’s legal service, as winner of the Bar Council’s first award for a Commission “stage”, and then as a member of Chambers in their annexe.

He has appeared in several leading cases including Factortame (House of Lords), White v. White (House of Lords), Lonsdale (House of Lords), Ingmar (European Court of Justice), Arkin v. Borchard (High Court and Court of Appeal), Albion v. Dwr Cymru (Competition Appeal Tribunal) and Churchill Insurance v. Wilkinson (High Court, Court of Appeal and European Court of Justice).

His practice is wide-ranging, covering all aspects of EU and Competition Law including shipping, fisheries, commercial agency, public procurement, motor vehicle insurance, EU and UK sanctions and VAT. He recently secured a mandatory injunction to lift the unlawful blockade of live animal exports at Ramsgate. He is presently instructed in multi-million pound competition damages claim on behalf of several national retailers against MasterCard and Visa, which has been named as one of the top 20 cases for 2014 by The Lawyer.

Prior to taking Silk in 2009, Fergus Randolph had been identified as one of the leading juniors in EU and Competition Law in Chambers and Partners and in The Legal 500 for the previous eight years, and is now recognised by both as a leading silk.


The Hon. Mrs Justice O’Farrell DBE – Keynote speaker

High Court Judge, TCC

Mrs Justice Finola O’Farrell DBE was called to the Bar in 1983 by Inner Temple and took Silk in 2002. She was appointed as a Recorder in 2007 and made a Justice of the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division) in 2016, assigned to the Technology and Construction Courts, part of the Business and Property Courts.

Prior to her judicial appointment, Mrs Justice O’Farrell DBE had over 30 years experience as a leading barrister in construction, engineering, energy, shipbuilding and information technology cases. She acted regularly as counsel or arbitrator in international arbitrations and is an accredited adjudicator and mediator.

Mark Sansom

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Mark advises on the full range of contentious and non-contentious competition law matters, including competition litigation, investigations, advisory and transactional matters. Mark specialises in cartel and dominance investigations and has handled many cases brought by the EU and UK regulators. He defends clients from damages actions in the UK courts and Competition Appeal Tribunal. He often handles both the investigation and litigation stages of these cases, allowing clients to keep the same defence team from start to finish.


James Stewart – Keynote speaker

Chairman, Global Infrastructure, KPMG

James joined KPMG in May 2011. He is Chairman of KPMG’s Global Infrastructure practice. In the last 6 years James has visited nearly 60 countries to discuss their infrastructure investment plans and marquee projects.

Prior to joining KPMG, James was based in the Treasury as the CEO at Infrastructure UK (IUK). James’ role at IUK included publication of the first UK National Infrastructure Plan, and publication of the Infrastructure Cost Review in 2010.

From May 2000 to December 2009, James was the CEO at Partnerships UK (PUK).

Sarah Lee

Barrister, Brick Court Chambers

Sarah Lee is a senior junior practising in the fields of EU Law, Public Law and Competition/Regulatory Law.

Her practice includes both advocacy and advisory work and she is experienced in conducting cases and appearing in a variety of courts and tribunals including the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the Competition Commission, the Court of First Instances and the European Court of Justice. She has been on the Government’s Treasury A Panel since 2007 and was a B Panel member prior to that. Her clients include public and private companies and government bodies.

Sarah Lee is currently instructed by BT in relation to challenges to Ofcom’s regulatory decisions which are continuing before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the Competition Commission. She has also recently been involved in judicial review proceedings on diverse topics such as oil stocking regulations, pharmaceutical products marketing authorisations, air passenger duty, in proceedings before the Court of First Instance relating to Article 81 EC and in number of EU cases before the European Court of Justice.


Suber Akther

Senior Litigation Lawyer, Siemens

Suber is a solicitor-advocate and head of litigation for Siemens plc (in the UK). Suber joined Siemens in 2005 and manages its disputes across the board which, given Siemens’ diverse operations, means a wide variety of subject matters, including: construction, finance (for Siemens Financial Services), product liability, energy, rail and general commercial disputes. The forum for the disputes span English courts, arbitration, adjudication and other ADR. Suber conducts his own trials and often works on a direct access basis with senior counsel, as well as managing external law firms.

Suber was the lead lawyer and instrumental in the widely commented and ground-breaking case of Eurocom v Siemens  where Siemens established prima facie fraudulent misrepresentation on the part of the opponent’s advisors in the nomination and appointment of an adjudicator.

Boris Bronfentrinker

Partner, Hausfeld & Co

Boris advises and represents clients in a wide range of industries on complex and multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation, with particular expertise in the area of competition law. Boris acts for clients seeking redress for competition law infringements in both the English High Court and the Competition Appeal Tribunal, as well as co-ordinating competition litigation claims in other jurisdictions across Europe. Boris is involved in some of the largest and highest profile competition damages claims that have been brought. Prior to joining Hausfeld, Boris spent seven years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Boris has both a law and economics degree.


Jonathan Cope

Director, MCMS Limited

Adjudicator | Arbitrator | Mediator | Expert

Jonathan has over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry in both contracting and professional services. He is a fellow of the RICS, the CIArb and the CIOB, and has also been called to the Bar. Jonathan regularly acts as adjudicator, and is on the CEDR, CIArb, CIC, RIBA, RICS and TeCSA UK panels of adjudicators, as well as the Irish Government’s panel of adjudicators. He has also been appointed to act as expert determiner and arbitrator, and is on the RICS panel of arbitrators. Jonathan is also available to act as a dispute board member and is on the Transport for London conflict avoidance panel and the RICS dispute board register. Jonathan has undertaken expert witness work in adjudication, arbitration and litigation proceedings, including the provision of oral evidence both in court and arbitration.

As well as being a director of MCMS Limited, Jonathan is Vice Chairman of the Society of Construction Law and is a member of the Society of Construction Arbitrators, ARBRIX and the Adjudication Society. Jonathan was chairman of the RICS Dispute Resolution Professional Group from June 2011 to June 2013.

Jonathan regularly gives lectures and presentations on construction law and dispute resolution topics in the UK and internationally for organisations such as the Adjudication Society, ARBRIX, CIArb, IBC, International Cost Engineering Council, RICS and the Society of Construction Law. He has also written extensively on dispute resolution, and has had articles published in RICS Journals and Building Magazine. He is also a regular contributor to the Practical Law website (http://constructionblog.practicallaw.com/).

Jon Lawrence

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Jon is one of the UK’s foremost competition litigators. He has been involved in many of the significant competition litigation cases of the last 10 years, including advising on almost all of the follow-on damages claims. Cases range from the vitamins cartel of the early 2000s to the more recent synthetic rubber and gas insulated switchgear cartels. He frequently co-ordinates complex, multi-jurisdictional claims for clients across a wide range of sectors from banking and financial services, to healthcare and energy. Jon is always a tough opponent. He has more than 25 years’ experience in worldwide litigation and more than 20 years’ experience in contentious competition law.
Clients also appreciate the innovative approach that equips Jon to deal with cutting-edge issues in a fast developing area of law.

Recent highlights include successfully defended EWS against Enron Coal Services in the first private damages claim to come to trial in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), and securing a substantial reduction in the fine imposed on Hays following the Office of Fair Trading’s investigation of cartel activity in the construction recruitment market.


Tom Coulson

Barrister, Keating Chambers

Tom Coulson was called to the Bar in 2014. He became a tenant at Keating Chambers, following the successful completion of his pupillage, in September 2015.

Tom is familiar with a wide range of contract types, including the various JCT and NEC forms, the RIBA standard forms of appointment, as well as bespoke construction contracts and PFI/PPP agreements. He has represented his clients in court, both at an interlocutory stage and at trial. During his time in Chambers he has also gained experience of the resolution of disputes by arbitration, adjudication, and mediation.

Tom accepts instructions to advise, represent clients, and draft pleadings in relation to a broad range of commercial law matters, with a particular emphasis upon construction and engineering, professional negligence, and public procurement disputes.

Deirdre Trapp

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Deirdre is an award winning antitrust practitioner dealing with both contentious and non-contentious antitrust matters. She has considerable experience of appearing before the UK Competition Commission, the EC Commission and other agencies worldwide. Chambers & Partners 2011 call her ‘a guru of competition law’ and ranks her as a UK ‘Star’, their highest accolade.

Deirdre has been involved in a wide range of economic sectors, particularly retailing, consumer goods, financial services, the media, energy and transport. She provides practical strategic and commercial advice at the highest level and in a straightforward way, to deliver her clients’ objectives.


Katherine Evans

Principal Solicitor, Carillion

Katherine is principal solicitor in the in-house legal team of Carillion plc, specialising in construction law.  She has 16 years’ experience, currently at Carillion and previously at Pinsent Masons LLP, of advising contractors in the UK and abroad.  Katherine’s legal career followed 7 years working as a civil engineer in the construction industry and she still maintains close contact with the engineering world.  Katherine advises her internal client on all phases of construction and engineering projects, including procurement, operations and dispute resolution, with her special focus on providing quality legal advice that is also both practical and commercial.  Katherine primarily supports Carillion’s infrastructure business and given the preference of infrastructure clients for the NEC form of contract this has led to the NEC also becoming Katherine’s special area of interest.

Marcus Smith QC

Chairman, Competition Appeal Tribunal

Marcus Smith is a barrister specialising in commercial law. He has degrees in law from Oxford University and studied at the University of Munich. He was called to the Bar in 1991 and is a member of Fountain Court Chambers in London. He has an extensive commercial litigation and international arbitration
practice. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010.

His work mainly concerns cases with a strong technical element and spans a wide range of subject areas including aviation, banking, commercial contracts, conflicts of law, insurance and reinsurance, IT/telecommunications, professional negligence and sports. He is the author of the leading textbook in the area of intangible property “The Law of Assignment: The Creation and Transfer of Choses in Action” and is one of the authors of “Private International Law of Insurance and Reinsurance”. He is also the consultant editor for the title “Choses in Action” in Halsbury’s Laws of England and has written widely on matters of contract, trusts, insurance and private international law.


Stephen Furst QC

Barrister, Keating Chambers

Stephen Furst specialises in construction, engineering, energy, shipbuilding and technology related disputes along with professional negligence actions within these specialist areas of expertise.

He also acts as an arbitrator on domestic and international arbitrations for bodies including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). He is also an accredited adjudicator and mediator of considerable experience and has recently been appointed to the DRB for the Forth Replacement Bridge.

He also regularly advises and acts for clients in UK High Courts, arbitrations, action overseas with all forms of alternative dispute resolution. He has a significant international practice with arbitrations relating to projects in Russia, Europe, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong, Korea, Republic of Ireland, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.

He has developed a reputation for handling the most technically challenging cases and has frequently undertaken highly complex claims in areas such as pipelines, tunnelling projects, power station construction, aircraft design, oil rig design, process plants, ship building and software. His clients include developers, engineers, main contractors, shipyards, UK and foreign Governments.

Stephen Furst is a Deputy Judge of the Technology and Construction Court and Recorder. He is the joint editor of Keating on Construction Contracts.

Aidan Robertson QC

Barrister, Brick Court Chambers

Aidan Robertson QC has appeared in numerous cases in the Competition Appeal Tribunal, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in England and in the General Court and Court of Justice of the European Union at EU level. He has been involved in several ground-breaking cases, including acting for claimants in the first claims for damages in cartel cases in the CAT and in the first challenge to a merger decision in the CAT. He has considerable experience of representing clients during the administrative stage of proceedings before the European Commission, the Competition Commission and the Office of Fair Trading. He acted for a large number of construction companies in the largest ever OFT cartel investigation and in 8 subsequent appeals to the CAT. He also has an extensive advisory practice in EU and Competition Law.

Aidan Robertson acted in the leading EU media rights cases of FA Premier League -v- QC Leisure and Murphy -v- Media Protection Services concerning broadcast rights to Premier League football matches. He also acts in a wide variety of other EU law matters involving areas as diverse as agriculture and tax.

Prior to taking Silk in 2009, Aidan Robertson had been identified as one of the leading juniors in EU law by both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for the previous 10 years. He teaches the postgraduate competition law course at Oxford University, where he is a now a visiting lecturer, having formerly been a full-time university lecturer and fellow of Wadham College.


Jancyn Gardiner

Senior Editor, Practical Law Construction, Thomson Reuters

Jancyn Gardiner trained at Norton Rose (now Norton Rose Fulbright), qualifying into the construction team in 1995 and becoming a partner in the Construction and Projects Group at Norton Rose in 2003. Jancyn joined Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP as a knowledge development lawyer within their Construction Group in 2006. Jancyn has advised on a wide variety of domestic and international construction projects, spanning diverse regions, including Middle Eastern and European jurisdictions. She has particular experience of the construction and engineering aspects of infrastructure projects and project financed transactions and has acted for developers, contractors, sub-contractors, professional consultants and financiers. Jancyn gained an MSc in Construction Law and Arbitration from King’s College, London in 1998. She is a member of the Society of Construction Law and King’s College Construction Law Association, and joined Practical Law Construction in April 2015.

Bea Tormey

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Bea’s practice focuses on litigation and regulatory investigations/disputes, particularly those matters involving EU and UK antitrust law. In recent years she has acted in major regulatory investigations undertaken by the European Commission, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), the Office of Rail Regulation, Ofcom and the Competition Commission, as well as in the defence of follow-on damages proceedings in the High Court and the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT).


Lucy Garrett

Barrister, Keating Chambers

Lucy was called to the Bar in 2001. She has an impressive specialist practice in construction, engineering, energy and shipbuilding. Her practice includes claims for and against construction professionals in these sectors and construction-related issues such as insurance, bonds and guarantees.  She is familiar with of all the major standard forms, including in particular the NEC. Lucy is counsel of choice for several major contractors, including some whose experience of her began when she was on the other side, and is much in demand as a junior to silks both in and out of Chambers.


Margaret Grey

Barrister, Brick Court Chambers

Margaret Gray specialises in EU, Competition and Public law. She has appeared in more than 30 cases before the Luxembourg courts, unled on more than 20 occasions. In the past year, Margaret has represented the Governments of the UK and Ireland, and appeared as counsel for the European Commission in a number of multi-million pound fine cartel appeals. She is currently acting in the UEFA/FIFA proceedings in the ECJ concerning exclusive broadcasting of the World Cup and UEFA Cup in the UK. As a former référendaire at the ECJ, Margaret has extensive experience of EU litigation.

Margaret was one of the 12 barristers featured in “The Hot 100 2012” published by The Lawyer. She regularly advises on EU law matters arising before the national courts of the UK and Ireland, appearing in the Supreme Courts of both jurisdictions in the past few months. She has built-up a unique expertise in EU regulation of utilities and services between the UK and Ireland, due to her practices at the Bars of Ireland and Northern Ireland, in particular in energy and telecommunications matters. She has acted for each of the UK devolved administrations in EU state aid and procurement matters.

Margaret enjoys exercising her EU free movement rights and is a visiting lecturer in EU law at the Universities of Milan and Liège.


Jonathan Hart

Partner, Pinsent Masons

Jon is a partner in the Pinsent Masons project team.  He has over twenty-five years’ experience working with clients on construction and major infrastructure projects, including project-financed and non-project financed schemes in the UK and further afield.  He has advised on a wide range of different standard forms and procurement models and is a member of the Pinsent Masons specialist NEC advisory group.

Martin McElwee

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Martin’s practice is focused on helping his clients manage their strategy in relation to competition law issues. His practice covers all aspects of competition law, including merger control, antitrust, market reviews and State aid. Martin works across all sectors, but has particular expertise in the TMT and financial sectors. In these fast-moving sectors, the application of competition law presents particular challenges, and Martin’s understanding of his clients’ business is central to achieving results for them. Much of his work is multinational in nature – including cross-border mergers, pan-European investigations and counselling clients on their global antitrust strategy. Many of his cases involve managing a team of lawyers across multiple jurisdictions.


Claire King

Partner, Fenwick Elliott

Claire specialises in the resolution of construction and engineering disputes through all major forms of dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration, adjudication and mediation. She has acted on a wide range of both domestic and international construction disputes including a recent multimillion-pound arbitration involving a nuclear implicated facility.

She recently acted for the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (a company based in Trinidad) in respect of proceedings brought in the English Commercial Court for summary judgment in the sum of US $58,786,765 against BNP Paribas for amounts claimed under two standby letters of credit.

Christopher Rother

Head, Department of Competition and Anti-trust Law, Deutsche Bahn AG

Christopher Rother is a German attorney-at-law. He heads the department for competition and anti-trust law at Deutsche Bahn AG since 1997, since 2005 including the regulatory law and since 2009 anti-trust compliance. His team consists of 13 lawyers, 7 of which focus on regulatory law and 3 on anti-trust compliance. Mr. Rother is also responsible for all legal state aid issues at Deutsche Bahn AG.

As head of the department for regulatory, competition and anti-trust law he represents Deutsche Bahn AG in all state aid, regulatory, anti-trust and merger proceedings. He has conducted anti-trust compliance trainings at Deutsche Bahn AG world-wide.

Before joining Deutsche Bahn AG, Mr. Rother has gained experience as a lawyer in private practice in Cologne and Berlin, focussing on German and European competition law and competition law in the energy sector. He has been a research assistant at the Center for German and International Competition Law at the Free University Berlin. Furthermore, Mr. Rother´s experience includes his work for the auditing company Arthur Andersen & Co from 1989 – 1991.

Mr. Rother has held numerous speeches at conferences, in particular on anti-trust compliance.


Ewen Maclean

Director, Blackrock PM

Ewen Maclean is a Director of Blackrockpm’s London office. In particular, Ewen is a prominent expert in the field of forensic schedule / programme analysis; delay and disruption; and associated prolongation costs in relation to construction and engineering projects. He has added value in quantum and design capabilities as a chartered civil engineer and is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers; a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; and a Fellow of Forensic Analysis with the Guild of Project Controls.

Ewen has worked for both international consultants and contractors and has first-hand experience of assisting and representing clients in litigation, arbitration, mediation and adjudication, for both claimant and respondent. He has prepared numerous expert witness reports and lectured extensively on various commercial and contractual subjects within the construction industry. Speaking appointments have included domestic and international conferences on a range of topics from delay and disruption methods of analysis to prospective versus retrospective analysis.

Ewen is well versed in many of the standard forms of construction contract including the NEC, FIDIC, JCT, ICE, GC Works Conditions as well as bespoke forms of contracts including PFI contracts and has worked on contracts that span, inter alia, major building including mixed use developments; civil engineering; petrochemical including oil and gas; energy (HEP); airports; tunnelling; mining, mechanical and electrical, pharmaceutical; infrastructure including bridges, highways, rail and guided busways; structural steelwork; and fit-out works.

Kim Dietzel

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Kim is a partner in Herbert Smith Freehills’ London office, acting on the full range of EU and UK competition law issues, with a particular focus on cartel cases and litigation.  Kim has been recognised as a rated competition litigator by Global Competition Review (GCR) and Chambers.  She advises clients in a range of industries, including in the transport, aviation, financial services, consumer goods and industrial sectors.  She advised Virgin Atlantic on the cartel investigations in a number of jurisdictions (including US and UK) into long-haul passenger fuel surcharges, including the OFT’s first contested criminal prosecution under the Enterprise Act 2002 and the US and UK private damages settlement.  Other recent work for Virgin Atlantic includes advising on the OFT’s investigation in relation to the Hong Kong route, and on the recent Joint Venture with Delta Air Lines.  Kim’s experience in competition litigation covers both stand alone and follow on cases, the latter in the CAT as well as the High Court.  For example, she is currently representing Wieland-Werke in the High Court litigation brought by Newsen following on from the copper plumbing tubes cartel.  She also appears as an advocate in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), for example recently for Schunk in relation to the follow on cartel damages claim brought by Deutsche Bahn and others arising from the carbon and graphite cartel.  Kim advises Pilkington on the continuing follow-on claims arising out of the car glass cartel, involving cases from both indirect and direct purchasers in the UK and Germany, and related European court litigation. She also regularly advises confidential clients on internal investigations and leniency applications in the UK, EU, and with respect to other EU Member States and global regimes.  Kim has spent some time working in the firm’s Brussels office and has been seconded to the competition law team of The Coca Cola Company.  She was recently profiled in the GCR’s “top 100 women in antitrust” covering regulators, economists and competition lawyers.


Fenella Mason

Partner, Burness Paull

Fenella is the Head of Burness Paull’s Construction & Projects team, one of the largest construction law teams in Scotland. Fenella has been ranked by Chambers and Legal 500 as a leading construction specialist for over 20 years and is listed by Legal 500 as one of only four Leading Individuals in Scotland.  Clients praise her for her “astute mind and methodical style” and her “strong sense of direction and leadership”.

Fenella has acted for both the public and private sector on their construction projects in a variety of sectors including PPP/PFI, transport, commercial developments, leisure, housing, renewables and nuclear decommissioning.  Her current focus is on dispute resolution for the private sector. Fenella is currently advising on the resolution of high profile Scottish disputes with a value in excess of £100 million.


Jonathan Sinclair

Partner and Head of Competition Litigation, stewartsaw




Alexander Nissen QC

Barrister, Keating Chambers

Alexander Nissen was called to the Bar in 1985 and became a Queen’s Counsel in 2006. He specialises in advocacy and advisory work, adjudication, arbitration, litigation and the mediation of construction, engineering, energy and professional negligence disputes.

Alexander’s practice covers a wide variety of cases ranging from client/developer claims, PFI disputes, and adjudication enforcement to professional negligence cases (architects, surveyors, valuers, solicitors and civil, structural and geotechnical engineers). He deals with both contractors’ and sub-contractors’ claims and defects disputes. His work also covers rail projects, disputes relating to bonds (both domestic and international), power stations and oil and gas projects.

Alexander is a Chartered Arbitrator, an accredited adjudicator and mediator. His arbitration work covers both domestic and international disputes. He has been appointed both through party selection and by the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris. He was appointed as a Recorder in 2007 and as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2013, now authorised to sit in the TCC.


Rob Murray

Partner, Mishcon de Reya


Paul Reed QC

Joint Head of Chambers, Hardwicke Chambers

Paul Reed QC is a leading commercial practitioner specialising in construction, professional liability, property damage and insurance.  As well as being a popular and experienced advocate in court and in arbitration, he is also highly regarded for adjudication and advisory work.  “A natural choice for big-ticket infrastructure disputes” (Legal 500), he has an extensive domestic and international practice, appearing regularly in the Middle East and the Caribbean as well as other areas.  He is recommended by Chambers UK, Chambers Global and Legal 500 for Construction and Insurance as well as Property Damage and International Arbitration by Chambers UK and Professional Negligence by Legal 500.

Ben Sareen

Barrister, Keating Chambers

Following a change of career, Ben Sareen was called to the bar in 2008. After successfully completing his pupillage he became a member of Keating Chambers in 2009.

A specialist in construction, engineering, energy, shipbuilding, telecoms and related professional negligence disputes, Ben regularly represents clients in the High Court and County Court. He has been instructed in relation to several recent high-profile construction and engineering projects in London, including Wembley Stadium, the Jubilee Line, and the East London Line extension.

He is regularly instructed in domestic and international shipbuilding, engineering and construction arbitrations by both commercial and government clients. He has represented clients in disputes in the Middle East and Europe, including disputes in which the governing law is not English law.

Ben has represented clients in numerous adjudications, including the adjudication that gave rise to one of the leading adjudication cases of 2014, Eurocom v Siemens [2014] EWHC 3710 (TCC), and also accepts appointments as an adjudicator.

Ben is experienced with many major standard form contracts, including the JCT and NEC standard forms, and is a contributing author to Keating on Offshore Construction and Marine Engineering Contracts and Keating on NEC 3.


Fiona Sinclair QC

Barrister, 4 Pump Court

Fiona Sinclair QC is an expert in major energy, construction and engineering disputes, frequently with an international dimension and typically involving complex technical evidence. She won the first ever case on construction adjudication to reach the UK Supreme Court (Aspect Contracts v Higgins Construction, 2015) dealing along the way with new law on declaratory relief and unjust enrichment. Fiona has a wealth of experience in large, multiparty disputes and in the complex issues of contribution, costs and insurance which such disputes engender. Praised in the legal directories for “combining high intellect and commercial mindedness”, being “technically brilliant and a real star”, as well as being “charmingly brilliant with clients” and “a dream to work with“, Fiona was Chambers & Partners’ Construction Junior of the Year 2012, and shortlisted for Construction Silk of the Year 2015 and Legal 500’s Construction and Energy Silk of the Year 2017.

Roger Stewart QC

Barrister, 4 New Square

Roger Stewart QC is a “top rate silk” who “prides himself on sorting the wheat from the chaff and identifying the issues worth pursuing”. Roger has a strong reputation for work in construction-related professional negligence and has acted for major clients in top-level disputes in the UK, Middle East and South America. Singled out for his client-friendly approach, he is “precise, strategic and very user-friendly”. He has twice been awarded the Chambers & Partners Professional Negligence Silk of the Year (2007 and 2010). He is a Recorder and appointed to sit in the TCC.

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.

James Thompson

Barrister, Keating Chambers

James was called to the Bar in 2005 and is a specialist in the areas of construction and engineering, energy, technology, infrastructure and related commercial disputes. James is regularly instructed in cases involving complex factual, legal and expert issues in the High Court, as well as in international arbitration. He also has extensive experience of acting in adjudication proceedings, both during the adjudication process itself and at subsequent enforcement hearings. James is also often instructed to represent clients at mediation, and has had considerable success in negotiating settlements through this process.

Noted in the directories as having “a strong international element to his practice”, James is a particularly popular choice for instructions in the Middle East and is a committee member of the Omani British Lawyers Association.

Examples of James’ recent work: acting for the main contractor in a $150 million termination dispute arising out the construction of the world’s largest energy research and development centre, in Saudi Arabia; acting for the main contractor in ICC arbitration arising out of the construction of a power plant in the Caribbean; acting as sole counsel in TCC proceedings relating to the failure of electrical components at commercial premises; acting as junior counsel on behalf of the contractor in high-profile proceedings in the TCC concerning the construction of a busway; acting for the contractor in proceedings before the Dubai World Tribunal concerning a construction dispute on the Palm Jumeirah; acting as junior counsel in a £5 million TCC dispute arising out of the construction of a housing development in the UK.

David Thorne

Partner, Construction & Projects, RPC

David, a partner in RPC’s Construction and Projects team, advises on disputes arising from construction and engineering projects in a broad range of sectors. Since joining RPC as a solicitor in 1999, David has been involved in numerous complex and often high profile cases and has extensive experience of managing cases in adjudication, litigation and arbitration including numerous high value multi-party disputes in the Technology and Construction Court most recently the Accolade Park litigation. The substance of David’s time and focus, however, is spent in trying to find innovative and cost effective solutions to complex disputes outside of traditional formal processes and has represented clients in numerous mediations and other informal dispute resolution processes. Clients also benefit from David’s knowledge of insurance issues associated with the construction sector and has contributed to Insurance Law for the Construction Industry edited by Hogarth. David is also a member of the Society of Construction Law and TeCSA.

Helen Waddell

Partner, Pinsent Masons

Helen has worked for Pinsent Masons for 20 years based in our London and Singapore offices and has extensive experience of working on international projects. Helen specialises in construction, infrastructure and energy projects and she works with clients throughout the project lifecycle to manage risk, avoid disputes and ensure the best commercial outcome.  Helen regularly presents seminars and workshops for clients in relation to various construction issues of relevance to their businesses, and is a current lecturer on the International Masters in Construction Law Course, at the University of Stuttgart.

Helen is experienced in all manner of dispute resolution, and her recent relevant experience includes, acting for a German-Belgian Joint Venture in connection with an off-shore wind farm project, including advising on potential claims to be pursued in DAB or arbitration proceedings (FIDIC Yellow book) and acting for a Dutch Joint Venture in relation to a port project in Central America, including DAB proceedings (FIDIC Red Book).

Andrew Wickham

Assistant Group Legal Counsel, Canary Wharf Contractors Limited

In house counsel specialising in construction law. Andrew deals with contentious and non-contentious matters and currently manages the construction law aspects of the Southbank Place Project in Waterloo, a 1.4m sq ft development adjacent to the Shell Centre Tower and the London Eye consisting of residential apartments, office space, new retail and leisure facilities across a total of seven buildings.