Jane Davies Evans > Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC
3 Verulam Buildings
GRAY'S INN
LONDON
WC1R 5NT
England

Position

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.

Career

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 [2014] PTSR 261, [2014] WTLR 1027, [2014] 1 P & CR DG 17, and regularly assists on international donor funded projects and with capacity building programmes in developing countries.

Languages

French (conversational).

Education

Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham; The School of Law, University of Glasgow; 1995 LLB(Sc) Hons. 

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Jane Davies Evans3 Verulam BuildingsA most impressive construction lawyer who has extensive specialist knowledge of the energy market and is formidable in this area.

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.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Jane Davies Evans3 Verulam BuildingsShe has a strong following of loyal clients and an excellent understanding of the process of international arbitration and how best to present cases.

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Jane Davies Evans3 Verulam BuildingsHas 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.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Construction, energy and infrastructure

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Jane Davies Evans3 Verulam BuildingsVery experienced, a master of detail and a very effective counsel.

At 3 Verulam Buildings, Jane Davies Evans is esteemed for energy and natural resources disputes across the entirety of the Asia Pacific region, serving as both advocate and arbitrator.

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction

(Leading juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Jane Davies Evans3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam BuildingsJane Davies Evans is active as counsel in a range of construction arbitrations, including a number of projects in the Middle East.