Construction in France


Alerion’s team frequently advises contractors and engineering companies, but also acts for insurers and contracting companies. The practice assists clients with the drafting of construction contracts and is experienced in advising on construction damage, additional cost and delay claims proceedings involving court-ordered surveys. The varied caseload includes a range of construction and renovation projects, spanning offices, commercial centres, luxury hotels, industrial plants and public sector infrastructures. Philippe Mathurin and Nathalie Dupuy-Loup are in charge. Gérald Lagier left for Aries Avocats at the end of 2020.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Mathurin; Nathalie Dupuy-Loup


‘The firm has great litigation expertise in the field of construction and insurance. The team devises extremely efficient insurance construction litigation strategies.’

‘Philippe Mathurin is available, diligent and has high-level expertise in dealing with construction and insurance construction disputes.’

Aliénor Avocats

Boutique firm Aliénor Avocats specialises in construction and complex project-related construction work. The practice represents a prominent client base which includes many of France’s leading engineering companies, with a portfolio of matters that includes assistance with contracts, disputes before the judicial and arbitration courts, and matters brought before dispute boards regarding costs, delays and disorder-claims. Lately, the practice assisted with the management of issues linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. Other busy areas are disputes arisen from different types of projects, including hospitals, public sector institution buildings, nuclear and industrial facilities, and road construction work. The group intervenes in France, in French overseas territories and abroad. Hélène Bourgine and Anne-Sophie Goapper are in charge. Saturnin Champetier De Ribes was promoted to counsel in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Hélène Bourgine; Anne-Sophie Goapper

Other key lawyers:

Saturnin Champetier De Ribes


 ‘Aliénor Avocats’ lawyers always listen to their clients and care to provide the best possible client service. They are dynamic and highly responsive. They are a real pleasure to work with.’

‘As former in-house jurists, they have an intimate knowledge of how companies work. They provide suitable analyses and strategies that perfectly respond to clients’ expectations. They have a practical understanding of the construction sector.’

‘Hélène Bourgine and Anne-Sophie Goapper are remarkable individuals. They are knowledgeable, available, and always have at it heart to serve their clients in the best way possible. They always find practical solutions to issues.’

‘Anne-Sophie Goapper is very professional, always available and responds to clients’ expectations. She also anticipates clients’ needs. She is very thorough.’

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Altana's team is very experienced and entrusted by many leading French and international engineering companies. The practice advises on the construction of public sector facilities, such as roads, port, waste and hospital facilities and various other infrastructures. It is particularly recommended for its dispute resolution expertise, including arbitration. The firm mainly handles domestic work, but is also active in international matters, for example a major construction matter in Haiti. Christophe LappLouis des Cars and François Muller share the lead of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Louis des Cars; Christophe Lapp; François Muller

Key clients

Bouygues Construction

Vinci Construction



various BOUYGUES and VINCI subsidiaries




Work highlights

  • Represented RAZEL-BEC and IMPLENIA CONSTRUCTICON in proceedings before the Administrative Tribunal  regarding six financial claims and construction disorders on two by-passes.
  • Advised Van Oord, providing contractual analysis of the design liabilityto a contract of works of protection, restoration and maintenance of the beaches of Saly.
  • Advised Boskalis on a contractual analyis around quality of the sand pursuant to a contract of study and construction works of a container dock and hydraulic and terrestrial fillings.

Karila Avocats

Karila Avocats’s expertise is recognised by many leading insurance companies, as well as by banks, property developers and industrial companies. The boutique advises on contract drafting and project management work, but also assists with insurance policy audits in relation to major industrial projects, especially in the renewable energy sector. The practice also has excellent litigation expertise and regularly handles construction insurance liability cases involving damage claims arisen by delays, additional costs, fire, accidents and other disorders. The team has been retained by AXA France IARD in its capacity as liability insurer of a construction company following the fire at Notre Dame de Paris  in April 2019.  Laurent Karila heads the practice. Other key members include Jean-Pierre Karila, Cécile Ellrodt, Laure Furgé and associate Bruno Demont.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Karila

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Pierre Karila; Cécile Ellrodt; Laure Furgé; Bruno Demont

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Work highlights

  • Advising AXA France IARD as liability insurer of a construction company in relation to the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.
  • Advised Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura on the project management contracts linked to the construction of a Royal Art Complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Represented Ceetrus in a construction insurance dispute against the companies carrying out the construction and the project’s insurer, following a collapse on a site in Luxembourg that resulted in the death of a worker and bodily injuries to several others.

PARME Avocats

Headed by Tony JanvierPARME Avocats’s team assists many leading French engineering and other private companies as well as several public law entities. The firm is active in the construction and renovation of major public sector building and infrastructure projects, such as train stations, head offices, campuses, schools and historic monuments. Experience includes assistance with the contractual aspects of projects and representation in related litigation, for example regarding damage claims for delays and additional costs. Major rehabilitation projects and several high-profile energy infrastructure projects are also visible in the team's caseload.

Practice head(s):

Tony Janvier

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Preel Hecquet Payet-Godel PHPG Avocats

Boutique Preel Hecquet Payet-Godel PHPG Avocats has strong know-how in the field of construction and insurance and is consequently often retained to handle damage construction claims, frequently involving court-ordered surveys. It acts for a broad range of clients, including numerous contractors and engineering companies, as well as insurers. The firm deals with construction issues regarding public and private sector buildings, infrastructures and industrial plants. Other work includes several matters relating to fire and explosion events and matters concerning public infrastructure such as hospitals, water canal and road construction projects. The practice is co-headed by Jean-Baptiste Payet-Godel, Françoise Hecquet, insurance expert Charlotte Roger and Romain Bruillard who was promoted to partner in July 2020. Of counsels Jean-Marie Preel and Cécile Tiberghien also contribute.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Baptiste Payet-Godel; Françoise Hecquet; Charlotte Roger; Romain Bruillard

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Marie Préel; Cécile Tiberghien


Excellent knowledge of the engineering and construction industry.’

‘They provide a thorough follow-up of matters, and have fine knowledge of market’s practices and related jurisprudence. They anticipate clients’ needs well.’

‘Excellent knowledge of product and construction insurance liability matters. They always defend their clients’ interests in the best way possible. They deal with matters in a timely manner.’


The experts at boutique firm SORBA PAYRAU advise a prominent client base that includes leading French and European engineering companies. The practice combines good public law and insurance construction expertise with advisory and litigation know-how. Claims arisen from major public sector infrastructure and building projects, notably prisons, roads and airports, are a busy line of work, but the group is also involved in private sector projects, for example regarding hotels, data centres and skyline towers. Public law experts Jean-Philippe Sorba and Xavier Guichaoua co-head the practice. Emmanuelle Payrau-Sorba has recognised expertise in insurance law.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Philippe Sorba; Emmanuelle Payrau; Xavier Guichaoua


‘The partners demonstrate a great mastering of insurance construction and related construction issues. They are greatly experienced at handling key matters in the field.’

‘Emmanuelle Payrau-Sorba has perfect knowledge of insurance construction issues. She always comes up with relevant solutions and strategies.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a French property developer on the drafting and negotiation of a property development contract for the construction of The Link project, which will be the new headquarters for Total.

Delsol Avocats

Delsol Avocats' track record includes assisting several Parisian luxury palace hotels on their renovation, and advising several high-profile luxury good brands, as well as developers on construction projects. More recently, the practice acted for several clients in Covid-19 pandemic-related issues.  Nathalie Peyron and Benoît Boussier are the key names.

Practice head(s):

Nathalie Peyron; Benoît Boussier

Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP unites construction law, public law, procurement law and construction permits and authorisations expertise under one roof. The firm is a good choice for major public sector infrastructure projects, given its experience in advising on several highly significant electricity and energy infrastructure projects. Major hotel, restaurant and other private sector real estate construction and refurbishment projects, and the construction of a prestigious art centre and a flagship store are also visible in the team's portfolio of work. Matters include advisory work and mediation and other dispute resolution matters. Public law experts Bruno Richard and Jacques Bouillon, who joined the firm in 2020from White & Case LLP, are in charge.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Richard; Jacques Bouillon 


FTPA assists contracting companies, contractors and developers with public and private sector construction matters. The practice is notably advising on the rebuilding of a landmark edifice and was the advisor of choice for damage claims arisen from defects and other construction issues pertaining to hospitals, industrial plants and offices. Key names in the practice include public law expert Raphaël Crespelle  and Robert Corcos, who brings his solid litigation expertise to the table. Emmanuel d’Antin, Samia Bendjenna, Laurence Lepinois , Bernard Cazin and Julien Marceaux also contribute.

Practice head(s):

Robert Corcos; Raphaël Crespelle; Emmanuel D’Antin; Samia Bendjenna; Laurence Lepinois; Bernard Cazin; Julien Marceaux

Key clients

Groupe Snef

Gruppo Villa Maria

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP assists leading construction companies and contractors as well as contracting companies. The practice has strong litigation expertise, with notable experience in handling disputes pertaining to major public infrastructure facilities such as museums, transport and science facilities, as well as highly strategic energy and industrial centres. Renaud Dubois is in charge,  ably supported by associate Penelope Delestre.

Practice head(s):

Renaud Dubois

Other key lawyers:

Penelope Delestre

Key clients


Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA)

Eiffage group

Fondation Cognacq-Jay

Icade & Icade Promotion

Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace

Poste Immo

Spie Batignolles Immobilier

Fayat Métal

Open Partners

Terminaux de Normandie

Fos Holding

SNC E-Valley

Work highlights

  • Representing different entities of the Eiffage group in construction litigation.
  • Advising Icade & Icade Promotion on setting up and monitoring construction operations in Paris and Ile-de-France.
  • Advising Foncia IPM on the construction of a rehabilitation operation in Paris.


Meridian acts for contractors, engineering companies and contracting companies in public and private sector construction projects. The firm combines advisory and litigation expertise and offers experience in the construction and refurbishment of hospital, road and energy infrastructures, as well as in residential and commercial building work. It is notably involved in several landmark projects in the energy sector. Olivier Delsupexhe and Xavier Desnos co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Delsupexhe; Xavier Desnos


‘High-performing firm, close to its clients. Fees are clear and transparent. They honestly tell clients their opinion on strategies.’

‘Olivier Delsupexhe is frank and diplomatic. He is hardworking and very creative. He is excellent in dealing with litigation and negotiation. He is honest and transparent.’

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP 's Frédéric Gillion has in-depth FIDIC contract and dispute board expertise and often advises on the construction of large-scale domestic and international energy infrastructure projects. His caseload includes a number of matters for engineering and energy operator companies with major offshore and nuclear projects in the country. Stéphane Gasne joined DS July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Gillion


Responsive, international presence, competent.’


Key clients

Empresarios Agrupados


Salini Impregilo SpA


Work highlights

  • Advising Empresarios Agrupados Internacional on the review and negotiation of the forthcoming FIDIC Red Book construction contract with the ITER Organisation.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is regularly appointed to advise on France’s Palace hotel refurbishment projects, with recent work involving a landmark hotel construction project in Cannes. Other major matters include advising on the construction of an experimental international thermonuclear project in France and a string of major public sector infrastructure projects. Public law expert François-Guilhem Vaissier is the key contact. The firm's leading international arbitration expertise complements the practice well, notably Charles Nairac 's experience.  Jacques Bouillon joined Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP in 2020.

Practice head(s):

François-Guilhem Vaissier; Charles Nairac

Key clients

Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A.


Société du Grand Paris

The Ritz Hotel Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Grupo Unidos por el Canal, its shareholders Salini Impregilo, and Jan De Nul N.V. (Belgium) in a dispute with the Panama Canal Authority relating to the $5.5bn Panama Canal expansion project.
  • Advised Omnes Capital, majority shareholder of the consortium led by Bouygues, in relation to the award of the concession for the design, construction, financing and operation of the Paris 2024 Aquatic Centre in Saint-Denis.
  • Advised Atinkou and its shareholder Eranove on the financing, design, construction and operation of a 390MW power plant in Côte d’Ivoire.