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Vinson & Elkins RLLP
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International Construction Disputes


Co-Head International Construction


Head of the firm’s International Construction group, Nick has a wide range of experience, focusing on international arbitration and dispute resolution of construction and engineering disputes all over the world, as well as drafting construction contracts and procurement strategy development, and all aspects of construction insurance.

In recent years, Nick has increasingly advised clients regarding the engineering aspects of major energy projects, particularly offshore works and vessels. He is particularly well known for his lead role in a number of high profile ICC arbitrations concerning major international construction projects.

Nick’s experience covers projects, international disputes, and arbitrations in the UK, Turkey, Singapore, Hong Kong, St. Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Jordan, India, Egypt, Algeria, Gambia, Angola, Venezuela, Chile, Dominican Republic, Panama, Qatar, UAE, Caspian Sea, and other European countries.

A leading authority on the FIDIC and LOGIC/CRINE forms of contract, and EPC and EPCM contracting, Nick advises regularly on highly complex disputes involving detailed technical construction and engineering issues (defective works, delay and cumulative impact claims, errors in FEED and basic engineering, claims for loss and expense, disruption, force majeure, termination, etc.), related to many types of engineering and construction projects.

Nick has represented a wide variety of clients in very significant international arbitrations and numerous pieces of litigation in the Technology and Construction Court, as well as before high-profile Dispute Adjudication Boards and a substantial number of domestic adjudications.


The College of Law, Guildford, England, 1992
University College London, LL.B. (Honours), 1991
Admitted to practice: Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Vinson & Elkins RLLP’s London group is well known for representing energy and oil and gas clients in high-value disputes. Louise Woods is experienced in investment treaty and international commercial arbitrations; Nick Henchie is a construction and engineering disputes expert; and Scott Stiegler acts in international construction disputes. In 2021, construction disputes partners Roberta Downey and Angus Rankin were recruited from Hogan Lovells International LLP, while former counsel and London practice co-head Alexander Slade joined Mishcon de Reya LLP in February 2022.

London > Real estate > Construction: contentious

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Vinson & Elkins RLLP has an excellent reputation for contentious matters relating to high-end, complex projects, both in international and domestic markets. The team acts across a range of sectors, including oil and gas, petrochemicals, infrastructure, power, energy and urban redevelopment. The international construction practice is co-headed Nick Henchie and Roberta Downey, who recently joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP. Henchie has extensive experience in international arbitration and dispute resolution for construction and engineering matters, whilst Downey specialises in onshore and offshore construction and energy disputes. Scott Stiegler has notable experience long-running energy and infrastructure disputes. The team has also been bolstered with the addition of partners Angus Rankin and Nabeel Ikram, both previously at Hogan Lovells International LLP. Since joining the team, Rankin has had a particular focus on power projects and serving the firm’s growing client base in Asia.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

Houston-based James Loftis leads a Vinson & Elkins LLP international arbitration team that provides ‘clear, precise and well-founded solutions’ for its clients in both commercial and investor-state matters. The ‘excellentCamilo Cardozo in New York is a key contact for Latin America work, with London-based Nick Henchie known for his extensive construction industry expertise. Up-and-coming New York-based partner José F Sanchez handles arbitral matters in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and has experience of ICC, ICSID, ICDR, LCIA, UNCITRAL and Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce rules – particularly as regards infrastructure, energy, investor-state relationships, and post-acquisition disputes.