Construction, energy and infrastructure in Asia Pacific: The English Bar
39 Essex Chambers enjoys a significant presence in Asia Pacific’s construction, energy and infrastructure dispute market, hosting a number of the leading juniors and silks. Peter Rees QC, distinguished through his in-house experience as former legal director of Shell, is well-regarded both as an advocate and as an arbitrator, particularly in Hong Kong. Elsewhere, Paul Darling QC is a go-to name for a range of matters, including stadia, shopping centre and hotel projects, with a track record in the SIAC, HKIAC, ICC and LCIA, among other bodies. Also qualified as an engineer, Charles Manzoni QC is a member both of this set and Temple Chambers in Hong Kong.
4 Pump Court is instructed for a broad variety of matters in the construction, energy and infrastructure space. It has carved out a strong reputation for its work on large oil and gas infrastructure projects, handling funding, contractual and prospecting disputes among others. Sean Brannigan QC, John Rowland QC and Sean O’Sullivan QC are the star names for the set which is primarily focused on the Sinosphere, though has expanded its presence in India and Singapore over recent years. It has also noted an uptick in work relating to onshore and offshore Australia-based projects.
‘Undisputedly one of the best sets for construction, engineering and infrastructure’, members of Atkin Chambers are ‘strong at all levels, from newly called through to QCs’. Its members are highly regarded by law firms across the entirety of Asia Pacific and operate across a varied caseload which of late has spanned major transport and prestige leisure schemes in addition to a wealth of energy projects. In one example of the calibre of chambers’ recent work, James Howells QC served as lead counsel to Mitra Energy in a claim against Total arising from its failure to drill committed oil and gas exploration wells in the Sulu Sea. Nicholas Dennys QC is increasingly active in India, Singapore and Korea-based arbitrations while Andrew White QC’s extensive track record encompasses oil and gas, civil engineering, rail and shipbuilding disputes.
Fountain Court Chambers’ Anneliese Day QC holds an acclaimed track record, particularly in Singapore and Australia, for her involvement in a number of ultra-high-value construction, energy and infrastructure disputes. Also of note is Andrew Pullen, who is primarily engaged for arbitrations seated in Singapore where he is based full-time; he is also active across the entirety of the Asia Pacific region, serving as an arbitrator, advisor and advocate.
Keating Chambers ‘has always been one of the top chambers in the construction field, providing ‘tremendous strength-in-depth’ and ‘good availability’. Its members are extensively experienced in a variety of arbitrations, including ICC, LCIA, DIAC, HKIAC and SIAC, with a handful of members, including Australia-based Robert Fenwick Elliott, operating full-time from Asia Pacific. Robert Gaitskell QC is particularly reputed for his work as an arbitrator in Singapore and Hong Kong while Philip Boulding QC enjoys strong contacts in the Macau and the Philippines, among other jurisdictions. In a standout work highlight, he acted for Hong Kong MTR in the Hung Hom Public Inquiry, a matter which notably involved the Hong Kong Government and pertained to alleged defects in construction and extension of the Hung Hom Station.
‘An immediate go-to chambers for energy and natural resources disputes’, Quadrant Chambers is home to ‘a fantastic group of barristers who understand the clients' needs and work well as a team’. Energy is a major area of focus for the set which acts on the full array of mandates in the oil and gas industry, including both upstream and downstream matters. In addition to this arbitration strength, head of chambers, Simon Croall QC, was recently successful in the London case of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Ltd v Euler Hermes Europe SA; he represented a Japanese bank which, along with others, sought to enforce several security rights following its financing of a problematic waste to energy plant in Derby.