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Kirsti Olson

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Dentons UK & Middle East LLP

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Construction and Engineering


Partner specialising for over 20 years in contentious construction and engineering work. Dual qualified in Scotland and England. Particular experience of multi-million pound construction disputes arising out of the transport sector and energy related projects (rig construction and refurbishment, offshore decommissioning and renewables). Regularly instructed to advise and represent parties in PFI/PPP projects (schools, hospitals, prisons and roads) throughout the UK. Extensive experience of all forms of dispute resolution including court, arbitration, adjudication and mediation. Major projects include the decommissioning of the Inde Field in the Southern North Sea, the M8/M73/M74 improvement works, the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, the Queensferry Crossing and the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Project.


Trainee Paull & Williamsons, Aberdeen 1992-94; assistant Paull & Williamsons, Aberdeen 1994-95; assistant Paull & Williamsons, Edinburgh 1995-96; assistant Bird Semple 1996-98; assistant Maclay Murray & Spens 1998; associate Maclay Murray & Spens 1998-2001; partner June 2001.


Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Law Society of Scotland; Society of Construction Law; Adjudication Society; Decom North Sea; the Scottish Oil Club. Chair of Oil & Gas UK’s Decommissioning Working Group (drafting the first LOGIC standard form decommissioning contract); Member of Oil & Gas UK’s Long Term Liability Group (investigating solutions to perpetual liability for decommissioned structures in the North Sea).


University of Aberdeen (1991 LLB (Hons); 1992 Dip LP); University of Strathclyde (2000 LLM in Construction Law, Dist).


Skiing; silversmithing; running; sailing; music; reading.

Scotland: Real estate


Within: Construction

Dentons moved into the Scottish market by merging with Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in 2017, expanding the scope of its construction offering across the UK. The firm's Scottish team is a strong performer in contentious and non-contentious matters, as is reflected by it consistently featuring in sophisticated, high-end projects, and by its list of high calibre clients. On the non-contentious side, it is particularly active in employer-led development work, particularly in areas such as real estate, energy (renewable energy and oil and gas) and transport. Mark Macaulay is leading a team in the advice to London Luton Airport Operations Limited on the procurement and construction issues associated with the expansion of the airport. The firm is also equally highly regarded in contentious construction matters; Kirsti Olson, who is dual-qualified in Scotland and England/Wales, is particularly knowledgeable about contentious construction matters related to transport, energy and PFI/PPP projects. David Scott recently departed the firm.

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