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Fenwick Elliott LLP

Construction: contentious Tier 1

Fenwick Elliott LLP's team, which is praised for providing 'the right mix of commercial and legal advice', focuses on disputes relating to major infrastructure projects both in the UK and internationally. Simon Tolson, who co-leads the team, has decades of experience appearing in the TCC and before international arbitration tribunals. He works in tandem with Tony Francis, who is well-regarded for 'paying great attention to clients' challenges and needs.' He advises clients on PFI disputes as well as high-profile engineering disputes in the road, rail and water sectors. Richard Smellie is an experienced practitioner in international arbitration with expertise in the oil and gas and power sectors.

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‘A real customer focus. Provides a team that suits the specific needs of the customer’s particular challenge. Offers the right mix of commercial and legal advice.’

‘Tony Francis pays great attention to clients’ particular challenges and needs, and then creates a team honed to respond to this.’

Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

Fenwick Elliott LLP's non-contentious team has recently bolstered its ranks with the promotion of several senior associates to partnership, providing greater capacity to handle major renewable energy matters, as well as higher education and residential development. David Bebb co-leads the team; his experience covers both domestic and international work, as well as a focus on procurement strategies. Jatinder Garcha's specialism is renewable energy work, as well as energy from waste matters.

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International arbitration Tier 5

At construction law firm Fenwick Elliott LLP, its disputes work involves construction, infrastructure and energy projects worldwide. The practice is familiar with the rules of several institutions, including the ICA, LCIA and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The firm also has significant Middle East and North Africa and Asia practices. The names to note are Richard Smellie, Nicholas Gould, Tony Francis, Simon Tolson and Karen Gidwani, along with Thomas Young and Claire King. James Cameron was made partner.


‘Fenwick Elliott have a very high quality international arbitration team, focused on very high value international arbitrations generally concerning large infrastructure or energy projects. At partner level they combine long experience, legal know how and shrewd tactics. At associate level, they are a very hard working team who deliver what is required.’

‘Richard Smellie is an exceptional arbitration specialist. His handling of Tribunals and procedural issues is second to none, and his management of large teams is excellent. James Cameron is a young partner with a big future. He is totally on top of the details, but also has an eye to the big picture. Tom Young is another young partner of whom big things are expected. Steely, with a powerful intellect, and tenacious.’

‘Fenwick Elliott is uniquely focused on the construction and engineering sector and as such must be a first port of call for domestic and international disputes. With in-depth knowledge, a first class reputation and an excellent team of lawyers Fenwick Elliott is large enough to take on the biggest disputes globally, yet nimble and efficient enough to meet clients’ needs.’

‘Fenwick Elliott has many stand out performers. Nicholas Gould is an exceptional lawyer, very client friendly and with a deep understanding of construction and construction law. Richard Smellie is masterful in managing and delivering high value complex international arbitrations. Tony Francis and Simon Tolson are highly regarded leaders in the field.’

Mediators Tier 5

Nicholas Gould - Fenwick Elliott LLP  At construction and energy law firm Fenwick Elliott LLP, experienced partner Nicholas Gould is also a specialist mediator in the construction sector. Gould has acted as lead mediator in over 90 mediations since 1997, including substantial multi-party, high-value mediations.

Fenwick Elliott is the largest specialist construction and energy law firm in the UK, serving international clients in the building, engineering and energy sectors. Since their formation in 1982 Fenwick Elliott has always advised solely on construction matters; making them a true construction law specialist firm.


The firm: Fenwick Elliott provides a comprehensive range of legal services on every aspect of the construction process. Their expertise includes procurement strategy; contract documentation and negotiation; risk management and dispute avoidance; project support; and decisive dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration, mediation and adjudication.


The firm acts nationally and internationally for public and private sector clients, including state corporations, owners/developers, main contractors, specialist subcontractors, consultants, institutional investors, universities, local authorities and utilities.

Fenwick Elliott have acted on a wide range of major infrastructure construction projects worldwide, including power stations, refineries, pipelines, process plants, dams, bridges, roads, airports, stadia, hospitals, universities and schools. The firm also advises on issues involving public/private finance.

The firm has extensive experience advising on major construction, infrastructure and energy projects in the Middle East. In 2015 Fenwick Elliott opened their first office in Dubai, UAE – reflecting the importance of the Middle East market for the firm and the increasing demand for their services in the region. Having gone from strength-to-strength, the Dubai office has since become Fenwick Elliott’s international hub, serving a wide range of clients across the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia.


Fenwick Elliott has a well-earned reputation for advising clients on large-scale energy projects including oil, gas, nuclear and renewables. Oil and gas projects range from refineries to crude oil and natural gas pipelines, process plants, floating production, storage and off-loading vessels, and the firm has been involved in some of the world’s most important oil and gas developments. The firm is also actively involved in many major wind farm projects, both on and offshore in the UK and Europe, for significant clients. The firm also advises on various nuclear projects in the UK and overseas.


Types of work undertaken: Dispute avoidance and dispute resolution: Fenwick Elliott is highly experienced in this field, from mediation to adjudication to arbitration and litigation. The firm is an acknowledged leader in the use of alternative dispute resolution. Many of its partners are trained mediators and accredited adjudicators on several nominating bodies’ panels, while others serve on key industry panels and are practising arbitrators. The firm regularly advises upon and conducts complex international arbitrations. Fenwick Elliott have experience of arbitrations under the DIAC, ICC, DIFC/LCIA, SIAC, UNCITRAL and ICSID arbitration rules, as well as under ad hoc and bespoke arbitration rules. The firm is used to working closely with in-house counsel and local counsel. The team is also well versed in FIDIC and other dispute resolution boards procedures.


While the firm takes whatever steps are necessary to resolve disputes, including arbitration, their primary focus is to avoid disputes and much of its work is in the form of day-to-day project support, including strategic advice, and review of project correspondence/notices to enable its clients to manage and effectively address problems as they arise, thereby, where possible, avoiding formal procedures.


The majority of the firm’s work in this field concerns disputes up to $2bn arising out of major international construction, infrastructure and energy projects. The geographical spread of the firm’s work is worldwide. Fenwick Elliott have developed a close relationship with a number of major international contractors whom they are advising on a number of disputes and strategic matters throughout the Middle East, Africa and the South East Asia. The firm also traces assets and seeks enforcement around the world in respect of international arbitration awards and makes calls on bonds or guarantees in many jurisdictions.


Procurement strategy, project, contract and documentation advice: Fenwick Elliott advises clients internationally on procurement options; contract preparation and negotiation; document appraisal and risk analysis; partnering and framework agreements; and facilities management. Fenwick Elliott’s expertise covers the full spectrum of construction projects documentation including standard form and bespoke contracts; design and build; engineer, procure and construct/turnkey (EPC); joint venture agreements; partnering; alliancing and framework agreements; and service/supply contracts. The firm also advises on bonds, warranties and guarantees on the procurement of services under the EU Public Procurement Directives.





Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Tony Francis
Dispute avoidance/dispute resolution Simon Tolson
Dispute avoidance/dispute resolution Tony Francis
Dispute avoidance/dispute resolution Richard Smellie
Dispute avoidance/dispute resolution Victoria Russell
Dispute avoidance/dispute resolution Jeremy Glover
Dispute avoidance/dispute resolution Nicholas Gould
Procurement strategy project, contract and documentation advice Simon Tolson
Procurement strategy project, contract and documentation advice Victoria Russell
International Richard Smellie
International Nicholas Gould
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr David Bebb  photo Mr David Bebb David is a partner at the firm and specialises in domestic and…
Mr Andrew Davies  photo Mr Andrew Davies Andrew is a partner who specialises in dispute avoidance and dispute resolution…
Mr Tony Francis  photo Mr Tony Francis Tony specialises exclusively in construction, engineering and energy law and related matters…
Mr Jatinder Garcha  photo Mr Jatinder Garcha Jatinder has  20 years’ experience in non-contentious domestic and international construction and…
Ms Karen Gidwani  photo Ms Karen Gidwani Partner specialising in construction and engineering law. Karen advises and represents clients…
Mr Jeremy Glover  photo Mr Jeremy Glover Partner: specialising in all aspects of construction, energy and infrastructure projects, with…
Mr Nicholas Gould  photo Mr Nicholas Gould Nicholas conducts a mix of contract drafting, strategic project advice and dispute…
Mr Ahmed Ibrahim  photo Mr Ahmed Ibrahim Ahmed has been practising law in the UAE since 2005. With particular…
 Claire King  photo Claire King Claire specialises in the resolution of both domestic and international construction, engineering…
Mr Ted Lowery  photo Mr Ted Lowery A partner at Fenwick Elliott, Ted deals with a wide range of…
Mr Jon Miller  photo Mr Jon Miller Solicitor and Partner specialising in construction and engineering law since 1989..  Involved…
Mr Toby Randle  photo Mr Toby Randle A partner at Fenwick Elliott, Toby has over 25 years’ experience in…
Miss Victoria Russell  photo Miss Victoria Russell Partner with over 30 years’ experience; Victoria specialises in construction and engineering…
Mr Richard Smellie  photo Mr Richard Smellie Richard is widely experienced in the resolution of disputes in the construction,…
 Lyndon Smith photo Lyndon Smith Lyndon is a Partner specialising in the resolution of construction, engineering and…
Ms Simon J A Tolson photo Ms Simon J A Tolson Since 1986 Simon has specialised in construction and engineering law and the…
Mr Thomas Young  photo Mr Thomas Young Thomas is a partner at Fenwick Elliott and specialises in the resolution…
Partners : 19
Senior Associates, associates, paralegals and trainees : 35
Business support, personal assistants and administrative staff : 30