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Vinson & Elkins RLLP
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International Construction Disputes




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 > Real estate > Construction: contentious

(Leading individuals)

Nick HenchieVinson & Elkins RLLP

Vinson & Elkins RLLP‘s practice, which is considered by some as one of the ‘foremost contentious construction‘ teams in the world, advises on disputes in the waste to energy, petrochemicals and transportation sectors. The US firm’s London team is led by the ‘extremely hard working, organised and dedicated’ Nick Henchie, who has a wide range of experience, including a specific focus on international arbitration. Recent key work has seen him advise on series of matters for the Panama Canal Authority arising out of disputes with European and Panamanian companies working on the Panama Canal expansion project.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Vinson & Elkins RLLP ‘produces excellent work and is fully available to clients‘. The practice is well known for its significant energy sector roots, but it has also expanded into advising financial services, technology, telecoms, insurance, pharmaceutical, infrastructure, construction and engineering clients. In addition, the firm has a robust investor-state arbitration practice. James Loftis leads the group from Houston; the London names to note are Nick Henchie, Louise Woods and Alexander Slade, who was recently promoted to counsel, and senior associate Georgina Barlow.