April 1, 2020

Fenwick Elliott expands Partner Team

Fenwick Elliott are pleased to announce the promotion of three Senior Associates to Partners. Martin Ewen, James Cameron and Lucinda Robinson’s new roles take effect from 1 April 2020, bringing the firm’s total number of Partners to 22. 

Having joined the firm in January 2014 as an Associate, Martin Ewen has extensive experience in acting for main contractors, sub-contractors, employers and consultants in the construction and energy sectors. He advises on all aspects of dispute avoidance and resolution. Typical issues Martin deals with include such things as interpretation of contracts, certification and payment, variations, defects, prolongation, loss and/or expense, disruption, termination and disputes relating to final account valuations.  

Prior to qualifying as a solicitor in 2006, Martin practiced as a chartered quantity surveyor for 6 years with a particular emphasis on the preparation and defence of construction claims and acting for parties in adjudications.

James Cameron joined Fenwick Elliott as an Associate from Hogan Lovells in April 2017 and was quickly promoted to Senior Associate. He has experience in a broad range of dispute resolution procedures and industries internationally and domestic, including aviation, infrastructure, oil & gas, electrical power distribution and telecommunications.  James has acted for a range of different contractors, with a focus on those operating in Africa and the Middle East.  James has particular experience in ICC arbitrations involving complex claims on major infrastructure projects, often applying foreign substantive law.  James has experience dealing with and managing both foreign law experts and technical engineering experts across a range of disciplines.

James trained in Australia and qualified in 2009.  Whilst in Australia, he worked as a disputes lawyer for one of the largest firms in the country and held the position of Senior Associate to the Honourable Justice T Forrest of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Lucinda Robinson worked as a Commercial Lawyer at Hanson UK prior to joining Fenwick Elliott in April 2018 as a Senior Associate. Lucinda has a broad range of experience of the various issues that can arise throughout the life-cycle of construction and engineering contracts, including contract formation, delay, defects, variations and termination, and the methods that can be employed to avoid or resolve them.

Lucinda is very familiar with typical standard form contracts, particularly from the JCT, NEC, FIDIC and IChemE suites and has an MSc in Construction Law & Practice.  Having worked as in-house construction and litigation counsel for a manufacturing and engineering business, Lucinda is particularly alive to the commercial context within which her clients operate.

Having acted on disputes arising out of a number of major international projects across a broad range of industry sectors, Lucinda has particular experience of disputes relating to oil and gas and infrastructure projects.

Speaking about the promotions, Fenwick Elliott’s Senior Partner Simon Tolson said:

“I am delighted to announce this year’s partner promotions, reflecting the phenomenal potential of the business and highly capable edge to these lawyers. People are at the heart of our business and quality and growth are a key priority for Fenwick Elliott, and with significant promotions made this last year is a clear indicator of the talent and experience across our business. 

Our new partners bring very strong construction and energy sector expertise, which will further enhance the exceptional service to our breadth of clients across the country and across the globe.”