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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 international arbitration team constantly represents energy and oil and gas clients in major disputes worldwide, and it has grown its disputes practice in relation to the technology, telecoms, insurance, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure and engineering sectors. Investment treaty and international commercial arbitration specialist Louise Woods, and experienced counsel Alexander Slade co-head the London international arbitration practice, which includes Nick Henchie, who focuses on construction and engineering disputes, and international construction specialist Scott Stiegler.

London > Real estate > Construction: contentious

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Nick HenchieVinson & Elkins RLLP

Vinson & Elkins RLLP is known for its experience in high-value, high-profile and complex construction disputes, often in ‘bet the company’ scenarios. It primarily focuses on international arbitrations surrounding large-scale engineering matters, with key clients including the Panama Canal Authority. Nick Henchie leads the team, with particular expertise in the engineering aspects of energy and infrastructure projects around the world. He is supported by Scott Stiegler, who provides key tactical support and guidance when advising on long-running disputes. The team recently secured a major boost with the addition of Roberta Downey, the global head of construction and engineering at Hogan Lovells International LLP, along with fellow partner Angus Rankin.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

Known for its strong practice in the construction and energy industries, the international arbitration team at Vinson & Elkins LLP has worked on a variety of commercial arbitration and investor-state matters across numerous Latin American jurisdictions over the years. Long-running case highlights include its ongoing representation of the Panama Canal Authority in a series of arbitrations arising out of construction disputes (valued in excess of $4.5bn) against Grupo Unidos por el Canal (“GUPC”), a consortium of European and Panamanian companies hired to design and build a set of locks as part of the Panama Canal expansion project. The practice’s expertise in energy matters is also evident, most notably of late with its success on behalf of Exxon Mobil Corporation in a long-running dispute with Argentina. Houston-based James Loftis leads the team, which stands out for its ‘extensive knowledge’ and ‘broad level of analysis and understanding’. London-based Nick Henchie, who worked alongside Loftis on the Exxon Mobil matter, and the impressive New York-based Camilo Cardozo, are also senior partners of note. ‘Studious’ and ‘creative’, counsel José Sanchez is also singled for praise from clients.