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Michael Sergeant is a specialist construction lawyer with over 25 years’ experience. He advises on contracts and procurement but his principal focus of work involves helping clients during the course of a project when claims arise and in dealing with formal disputes.

He has advised in relation to a wide range of UK and international projects, including oil & gas, civil engineering, transport, renewable energy, offshore, office development and land remediation. In relation to such projects, he has acted for the full range of participants involved in the construction industry, including developers, energy companies, government organisations, contractors and consultants. His work has involved matters in all parts of the world, including Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, Africa and South East Asia.

Michael has experience of acting in relation to a wide variety of claims, including delay, disruption, variations, defects and termination disputes; and in relation to the full range of forums for dispute resolution including mediation, adjudication, DABs, arbitration and litigation. He has acted for clients in relation to very complex and high value claims, including a number of disputes in excess of US$1 billion.

He worked previously in the highly ranked specialist construction practice at Winward Fearon/ Maxwell Winward, at which he was a partner from 2001. The construction team from that firm moved to HFW in April 2013.

Michael is the author of Construction Contract Variations, the only specialist book on the legal issues relating to changes to the scope of work on construction projects which has been described in reviews as “a master guide” (Doug Jones, International Construction law Review) and “an indispensable classic” (Simon Rainey QC, Law Society Gazette). He is involved in a number of industry and academic bodies. He teaches on the Stuttgart University Construction Law Masters course; is a member of the Consultation Board for the Thomson Reuters legal resources website Practical Law, and was on the panel of friendly reviewers for the FIDIC second edition suite. He also regularly speaks at industry conferences.

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London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)

HFW’s power group sits within the firm’s construction practice, and has a focus on large offshore and onshore wind projects. The team is regularly instructed for major wind power projects and advises on high-value disputes, both domestically and internationally. Practice head Max Wieliczko has decades of experience of both contentious matters and international infrastructure projects, and is supported by Michael Sergeant, who is also noted for his construction expertise. They work with Richard Booth, who handles national and cross-border renewable energy and engineering matters, with specialism in EPC projects. The team also advises on international infrastructure projects via its offices in Paris and Sydney.

London > Real estate > Construction: contentious

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HFW is highly regarded for its contentious construction work, and is particularly strong in international arbitrations. It handles EPC contract disputes for a number of clients in the Middle East, South America and Korea. Due to its roots as a shipping firm, it also acts on a number of offshore project disputes, increasingly in relation to UK offshore windfarms. Max Wieliczko leads the team of ‘true experts‘, and is well regarded for his advice on high-value energy and infrastructure matters. Michael Sergeant and Richard Booth are also notable contacts, with expertise in non-European infrastructure disputes and offshore work respectively.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

HFW has ‘excellent experience in international arbitration‘. The team’s workload covers a range of sectors, including particular strengths in the construction, energy, shipping, and trade and commodities, aviation, insurance/reinsurance, banking and financial services industries. With longstanding experience in international arbitration, Damian Honey represents clients in ad hoc, institutional and bilateral treaty investment arbitrations. Insurance and reinsurance specialist Costas Frangeskides also acts in international arbitrations, Adam Strong is experienced in investor/state international arbitrations, and Michael Sergeant has notable Middle East expertise.