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Max Wieliczko

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Construction, engineering and infrastructure.


Partner who has specialised exclusively in construction law since qualification and provides advice in relation to all aspects of project procurement and delivery, as well as dispute avoidance and resolution including litigation, arbitration and adjudication, both in the United Kingdom and internationally. Max also facilitates the settlement of disputes and represents clients in negotiations, mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution ‚Äď he is a CEDR accredited mediator. Max‚Äôs experience spans the entire construction spectrum ranging from a wide variety of infrastructure projects including oil and gas production facilities; tunnelling, roads, railways and bridges, through energy from waste facilities and other power plants; hospitals, hotels, factories, and major residential, office and retail developments.


Admitted as a solicitor 1987; partner Winward Fearon 1994; head of construction department Maxwell Winward; Holman Fenwick Willan 2013.


Society of Construction Law; Technology and Construction Solicitors Association; Adjudication Society.


University College London (Law).

London: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

HFW is highly rated for 'the range, strength and depth of its international arbitration practice, which stretches across all of the firm's sector-based groups'. The firm is well known for it experience in disputes involving international trade, energy, commodities, shipping and aviation, as well as insurance and reinsurance, banking and financial services, and construction. Damian Honey is 'an excellent, commercially-minded lawyer with realistic perspectives on the arbitration market'; Katie Pritchard  'has a wealth of experience of commodities-related arbitrations'; Alistair Feeney is 'a bright, knowledgeable and pragmatic lawyer'; Costas Frangeskides is 'excellent at client care'; and Steven Paull and international construction head Max Wieliczko are also key members. Paul Wordley joined EC3 Legal.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

HFW 's power offering has a particular expertise in the offshore wind sector where it services clients on the full range of advisory and contentious matters. On the projects side, Max Wieliczko acts as the firm's international head of construction and represents contractors and construction companies in the procurement and development of various generation assets such as waste-from-energy facilities. He is supported by senior associate Richard Booth . Michael Sergeant and consultant Steven Paull feature among the names to note for arbitration work in the industry.

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London: Real estate


Within: Construction

Max Wieliczko heads the construction team at HFW, specialising in major international infrastructure and energy projects. On the disputes side, the team is acting for Hochtief following the high-profile collapse of a 6km tunnel at the Glendoe hydroelectric scheme in Scotland; as well as advising Julius Berger Nigeria plc on potential claims arising under an EPC contract for the construction of an open cycle gas turbine power station in Nigeria in relation to foreign exchange losses. On the transactional side, the team is regularly instructed by South Korean EPC contractors in relation to major FPSO projects across the Middle East, as well as by many contractors in the offshore wind industry in the UK, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Experienced FIDIC lawyer Ben Mellors joined in March 2017.

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