Mr Tony Francis > Fenwick Elliott LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Fenwick Elliott LLP

Work Department

Construction and energy


Tony specialises exclusively in construction, engineering and energy law and related matters and advises in relation to dispute avoidance (including strategic contract advice during the course of a project), dispute resolution and procurement for a broad range of both domestic and international clients. Recent procurement advice has concerned a high-profile Olympic venue, a Premier League football club stadium, Crossrail, HS2 and various offshore windfarms.

In relation to dispute avoidance and dispute resolution, Tony deals with all aspects of complex multi-million pound claims handling and management and gives advice as to claims resolution strategies including where necessary, negotiation, mediation, expert determination, adjudication, arbitration and High Court proceedings. Recent disputes have concerned multi-million pound issues relating to a major international airport, a high-profile oil pipeline, several high-profile millennium and lottery funded projects, HS1, various stadiums, a major port development, a number of offshore windfarms and a number of significant PFI disputes.

Tony regularly advises on PFI disputes and advises on large scale civil and process engineering projects including rail, road, water, waste to energy onshore and offshore wind farms, bridges and tunnelling.

Tony is a trained adjudicator, is on several industry panels and regularly advises on all aspects of adjudication. He is also a Centre for Dispute Resolution trained mediator and has used mediation to resolve many disputes, including multi-party, multi-million pound cases.


Partner Fenwick Elliott 1992, joined 1990; qualified 1987; trained at Beale and Company.

Tony has been instrumental in developing Fenwick Elliott’s domestic practice, particularly amongst main contractors, and expanding Fenwick Elliott’s international practice, establishing links and contacts in the construction industry in Asia, Northern and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Tony has edited the Construction Industry Law Letter. He also contributes articles to the Building magazine website and various trade periodicals. Tony regularly lectures on various subjects to both clients and conferences.




  • member of the Technology and Construction Solicitors’ Association;
  • member of the Society of Construction Law;
  • member of the Adjudication Society;
  • member of the London Court of International Arbitration;
  • member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation.


University of Sheffield (Law (Hons)).


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Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Fenwick Elliott LLP is best known for large-scale, high-value disputes involving international construction, infrastructure and energy projects. The practice is co-led by infrastructure disputes specialist Simon Tolson; construction expert Tony Francis; and Richard Smellie, who acts in oil and gas, power and construction sector-related disputes. Also integral to the group are ‘excellent negotiatorNicholas Gould, offshore wind and energy-from-waste project disputes expert Karen Gidwani, and Jeremy Glover, who acts in international arbitrations under ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ad hoc rules.

London > Real estate > Construction: contentious

Fenwick Elliott LLP offers advice on the full range of construction disputes as a specialist construction and energy law firm, with significant experience in international arbitration, mediation and adjudications. It represents clients at all levels of the construction supply chain, and is heavily involved in high-value infrastructure projects, as well as a range of residential and commercial projects. It has seen continued growth in the energy sector, becoming increasingly active in energy-from-waste and nuclear power-related disputes, as well as advising on matters regarding power plants in the UK and internationally. The team is led by Simon Tolson, a recognised authority on dispute resolution, and Tony Francis, who has extensive experience in dispute avoidance and resolution in large-scale construction projects. Karen Gidwani is notable for her specialist experience in offshore wind and energy-from-waste project disputes, whilst Richard Smellie has significant experience in international arbitration matters in the energy and construction sectors.