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Jane Davies Evans
Jane is a renowned commercial barrister, specialising in energy and engineering/construction disputes, in which she is noted as a leader by the principal legal directories.
Jane is ranked as a leading junior for energy disputes (Legal 500) and construction (Chambers & Partners). She works extensively internationally (see snapshot below), and in particular in Africa, the Russian Federation and CIS, the Middle East and Latin America.
Jane returned to the Bar in 2014 having spent many years working in the international arbitration and engineering/construction practices of two of the world’s leading law firms: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Shearman & Sterling LLP.
Jane acts as counsel and co-counsel in international arbitrations, dispute board and adjudication proceedings and related settlement discussions for disputes arising on international EPC projects, focusing on oil and gas, power generation (nuclear and conventional), mining and major infrastructure projects. Jane also advises clients on contracting strategy for major projects, assisting with contract drafting and negotiations, and has advised extensively in relation to the impact of international sanctions on EPC projects. A jointly qualified barrister and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant in England & Wales, Jane worked for some years in the forensic accounting/expert witness team at PricewaterhouseCoopers. As such, Jane is particularly skilled in the supervision and cross examination of expert witnesses, and advising and arguing disputes involving complex issues of quantum, financing, delay and disruption.
In addition to her work as counsel, Jane is in demand as a speaker at international conferences and academic programmes. Jane has lectured at the Université de la Sorbonne (Abu Dhabi), NYU (New York) and Kings College, London and speaks each year at the Construction Summer School hosted at Cambridge University. She lectures on the International Masters programme at the School of Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Germany, and is the managing editor of Construction Law International, the quarterly publication for the IBA (International Construction Projects committee).
Finally, Jane is committed to pro bono work. Jane was pro bono counsel for the charity defendant in Rosenzweig v. NMC Recordings  PTSR 261,  WTLR 1027,  1 P & CR DG 17, and regularly assists on international donor funded projects and with capacity building programmes in developing countries.
Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham; The School of Law, University of Glasgow; 1995 LLB(Sc) Hons.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2
3 Verulam Buildings is ‘evidently a strong set with breadth and depth of quality‘ and clients report that its members are ‘very user-friendly‘. The set is known for its expertise in banking and commercial litigation but its members also appear frequently in court and arbitration cases concerning oil fields, mines and technical issues related to the operation of oil and gas pipelines. New silks Christopher Harris QC, who represented the claimant in Forum International v OOS International which concerned high-value oil exploration assets in Brazil, and Nicholas Craig QC are among the set’s most active members in energy disputes. Juniors Paul Wee, who appeared in English enforcement proceedings concerning the $50bn arbitral awards obtained by former shareholders of Yukos under the Energy Charter Treaty, and Jane Davies Evans are highly recommended; Mark Wassouf is a rising star in chambers. ‘The clerks are good – responsive, approachable and keen to help‘, remarks one client.
Jane Davies Evans –3 Verulam Buildings ‘Has vast knowledge and experience in the international construction industry, including all its aspects – legal, technical and accounting. She is a master of the detail of construction cases.’(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1