Ms Karen Gidwani > Fenwick Elliott LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Fenwick Elliott LLP

Work Department

Construction and energy


Karen specialises in dispute resolution and avoidance for a wide range of domestic and international clients, advising on managing risk effectively in the course of complex construction and engineering projects. Karen regularly advises and represents clients in litigation, international arbitration, mediation and adjudication.

Karen’s experience covers a broad spectrum including contract formation and interpretation, amendments to existing contracts, claims for additional cost, loss and expense and extensions of time, liquidated damages liability, defects liability, termination and repudiation, and the nature of and rights arising out of bonds and guarantees.

Karen is well versed in the principal standard forms of construction and engineering contract, including JCT, NEC, IChemE and FIDIC. Karen has also advised on disputes arising from PFI contracts for schools, custody facilities, healthcare and roads, and has dealt with a variety of bespoke construction, engineering and energy contracts.

The Legal 500 UK lists Karen as a key lawyer at Fenwick Elliott, noting in particular her work in the offshore wind sector. Karen has been previously been described in the Legal 500 as “an exceptional and dedicated lawyer” with “a wealth of experience within the offshore energy industry”.


Partner Fenwick Elliott 2006, associate 2002, joined 2000; construction department Titmuss Sainer Dechert; qualified 1999; trained Sharpe Pritchard. Editor of the ‘Construction Industry Law Letter’ (CILL) since 2014 (co-editor since 2004).

Karen is the editor of the Construction Industry Law Letter (CILL), a role that she has undertaken now for 15 years, and has contributed to Practical Law Company (PLC). She has spoken at various industry-related conferences and events including at Fenwick Elliott seminars.




  • fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb);
  • member of the King’s College Construction Law Association (KCCLA);
  • member of the Society of Construction Law (SCL);
  • member of the Technology and Construction Solicitors’ Association (TeCSA).


Cox Green School, Maidenhead; Jesus College, Oxford University (1996 MA Hons (Oxon) Jurisprudence); Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (1997 Dip LP); King’s College, London (2003 MSc Construction Law and Arbitration); Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


Reading, travel, culinary arts.

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

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Karen Gidwani Fenwick Elliott LLP

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.