Jeremy has specialised in construction energy and engineering law and related matters for most of his career. He advises on all aspects of projects both at home and abroad, from initial procurement and strategic project advice to dispute avoidance and resolution. He acts across a wide range of construction sectors in the UK and internationally, including general construction, transport, communications, process plant, oil, gas, nuclear and renewables.
Recommended in the area of International Arbitration in Chambers UK and The Legal 500 UK, Jeremy is described as “extremely committed and hard-working”, he “has great attention to detail and can always see the bigger picture, and he keeps really calm under pressure”. Jeremy is listed as a leader in his field in Who’s Who Legal: Construction 2019.
Jeremy also has extensive experience of all principal main contracts including JCT, ICE, FIDIC, NEC, GC/Works, I CHEM E, subcontracts including DOM/1 and DOM/2, and numerous bespoke forms used in international and domestic construction, energy and infrastructure projects.
Jeremy has particular expertise in advising clients on international projects, often under the FIDIC form. He assists and represents clients at dispute board hearings as well as in international arbitrations under ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ad hoc rules. In the UK, he is also an accredited adjudicator and regularly advises on both the conduct of adjudication and the enforcement of adjudicators’ decisions.
Examples of Jeremy’s expertise include:
- representing a specialist engineering contractor in relation to disputes arising out of the construction of a nuclear plant in northern Europe;
- advising on claims and disputes arising out of the construction and operation of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Crude Oil Pipeline Project in Turkey, including defending and bringing claims in ICC arbitrations;
- acting for a German specialist engineering company in connection with disputes (including a successful ICC arbitration and enforcement of the award) arising out of the design, supply and installation of electrical, control and instrumentation works (FIDIC Yellow Book) for a waste-to-energy plant in Eastern Europe;
- acting for a contractor in a dispute in relation to the rehabilitation, design and construction of a road of national significance in Asia under the FIDIC Book, involving several dispute board referrals and the SIAC Rules of Arbitration;
- representing a government authority in a series of hearings before a DAB (FIDIC Orange Book), following a dispute over a new environmental process facility in the Caribbean;
- advising a Korean engineering company in LCIA arbitration proceedings in relation to a dispute in the Middle East arising out of the construction of a deep gravity sewer and water treatment works;
- acting on behalf of a major hotel in a dispute before the TCC in London with the construction manager, relating to the £35 million refurbishment;
- advising an EPC contractor on disputes valued at approximately US$100 million in relation to the construction of the pumping stations on a North African crude oil export pipeline project;
- acting for a contractor in relation to several disputes involving the contractor’s employer (the primary contractor) and its subcontractors, in relation to the construction of a significant infrastructure project in the United Arab Emirates, under a bespoke contract and including a DIAC arbitration.
Jeremy is the co-author of Understanding the FIDIC Red and Yellow Book: A Clause by Clause Commentary, the third edition of which was published in 2018, and lead editor of Building Contract Disputes: Practice and Precedents. Jeremy organises and regularly addresses Fenwick Elliott-hosted construction law update seminars. He also edits Fenwick Elliott’s monthly legal bulletin, Dispatch.
Jeremy is a member of the Board of Examiners on the Centre of Construction Law MSc programme at King’s College, London, where he also teaches on adjudication and FIDIC issues. He is also a guest lecturer on the MSc Building Information Modelling Management Programme at Middlesex University.
Jeremy's memberships/positions include:
- member of the Executive Board for Region 2 of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF);
- sitting on the CIArb Adjudication Sub-Committee;
- secretary of the London Branch of the Adjudication Society;
- member of the Technology and Construction Solicitors’ Association (TeCSA);
- member of the Society of Construction Law;
- member of the International Construction Law Association (ICLA);
- former trustee of the Construction and Development Partnership (CODEP), a construction industry-led development charity currently operating in Sierra Leone.