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Tony Francis Partner

Tony is ranked among the top construction solicitors in both the Chambers UK guide and The Legal 500. They describe Tony as a construction lawyer who “really knows his stuff”; “an extremely commercially minded lawyer with a talent for strategy”; “immediately instils a sense of confidence” and “he leads from the front and is tactically and strategically strong. Tony grasps the key points of a case very quickly, assesses the merits and gives sound, practical advice.” Tony is listed as a leader in his field in The Who’s Who Legal: Construction 2016.

Contract experience

Tony has extensive experience of all the principal contracts, both domestic and international, including JCT, ICE, New Engineering Contract, GC/Works 1, IChemE, FIDIC, FCEC, PFI documentation, and numerous bespoke forms of international and domestic construction and energy contracts including bespoke EPC and EPCM contracts.

General experience

Tony specialises exclusively in construction and energy law and related matters, and advises in relation to dispute avoidance (including strategic contract advice during the course of a project), dispute resolution and procurement for a broad range of both domestic and international clients. Recent procurement advice has concerned a high-profile Olympic venue, a Premier League football club stadium and amendments to PFI documentation.

In relation to dispute avoidance and dispute resolution, Tony deals with all aspects of complex multimillion-pound claims handling and management, and gives advice as to claims resolution strategies including, where necessary, negotiation, mediation, expert determination, other forms of alternative dispute resolution, adjudication, arbitration and High Court proceedings. Recent disputes have concerned multimillion-pound issues involving a major international airport, a high-profile oil pipeline, several high-profile millennium and lottery funded projects, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Crossrail, windfarms, and a major port development. Tony regularly advises on PFI disputes and large-scale civil and process engineering projects including rail, road, water, waste to energy and wind farms.

Tony is a trained adjudicator, is on several industry panels and regularly advises on all aspects of adjudication. He is also a Centre for Dispute Resolution trained mediator and has used mediation to resolve many disputes, including multi-party, multimillion-pound cases.


Tony has an honours law degree from Sheffield University. Trained at Beale and Company, he qualified in 1987. He joined Fenwick Elliott in October 1990, becoming a partner in 1992.

Other activities

Tony has been instrumental in developing Fenwick Elliott’s domestic practice, particularly amongst main contractors, and expanding Fenwick Elliott’s international practice, establishing links and contacts in the construction industry in Asia, Northern and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Tony has edited the Construction Industry Law Letter. He also contributes articles to the Building magazine website and various trade periodicals. Tony regularly lectures on various subjects to both clients and conferences.

Tony's memberships/positions

  • member of the Technology and Construction Solicitors’ Association;
  • member of the Society of Construction Law;
  • member of the Adjudication Society;
  • member of the London Court of International Arbitration;
  • member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation.

Tony's insight

News & events

Tony Francis ranking logoTony has been Top Ranked Chambers & Partners UK Guide 2017. According to the publication, Anthony Francis has an impressive contentious practice representing contractors and other supply-side clients in PFI and other large-scale project disputes. "He is a seriously impressive lawyer. He's very commercial and utterly pragmatic and he always looks for the best solution for his clients," says a source. In the 2016 edition, Anthony Francis was frequently sought after on PFI disputes over major infrastructure works, including transport and energy. Impressed sources praise his tactical awareness and understanding of clients' objectives. In the 2015 edition of the publication, market commentators assert that Tony "immediately instils a sense of confidence in what we're doing with the case and the way in which we're taking it forward" and "he leads from the front and is tactically and strategically strong. Tony grasps the key points of a case very quickly, assesses the merits and gives sound, practical advice." He specialises in construction and engineering-related procurement, and in avoiding or resolving disputes.

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law FirmsTony has been listed as a recommended construction lawyer in The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2015's guide to recommended lawyers nationwide. According to the publication Tony's 'commercial drive gets the right result'.

Tony is listed as a leader in his field in The Who’s Who Legal: Construction 2016. Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent research with both general counsel and private lawyers. Only specialists who have met independent research criteria are listed. To view the listing of Fenwick Elliott lawyers, please click here.

Tony hosted a table at Building's CEO Summit, a quarterly networking event for construction industry CEOs, on 1 December 2011 at the Savoy Hotel, London.

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