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Fenwick Elliott LLP


7 ranked lawyersBand 1London (Firms)UK 2022 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Acclaimed contentious offering, tackling high-profile disputes in the UK, Asia and North Africa. Clients include industry-leading contractors as well as significant owners and developers. Adept at assisting with claims arising from defects, delays and terminated contracts. Particularly active on major renewables, power and infrastructure projects. Possesses a strong knowledge of FIDIC contracts and regularly advises on their drafting and on disputes arising out of their construction.


Interviewees say: "They provide excellent construction services and are tuned in to the needs of their clients."

One client characterises the Fenwick Elliott team as "proactive, supportive and approachable," before adding that the firm "has embraced the challenges of remote working that COVID has placed us all in, and we have benefited from the ease of engagement they provide."

Notable practitioners

Anthony Francis is a highly sought-after contentious construction lawyer with noteworthy experience advising major developers and contractors. He regularly assists with disputes concerning significant transport infrastructure and renewable energy projects.
"His wide experience in the realm of construction disputes enables him to cut to the chase and get to the heart of a case." "Anthony Francis consistently provides balanced advice on the matter in hand. He is equally comfortable discussing commercial or contractual solutions to find a way through the particular issue."

Nicholas Gould is a leading construction disputes practitioner with considerable experience advising on arbitrations and litigation proceedings concerning leisure, transport and energy sector developments. He is capable of advising on both domestic and international matters and is particularly well placed to handle claims involving projects in the Middle East.
"He goes out of his way to support us, often at very short notice, and provides clear advice and recommendations."

Richard Smellie is an international arbitration specialist who handles construction disputes arising out of infrastructure and energy projects. He routinely assists with delay and disruption claims for developments in the Middle East and Latin America.
"He is very experienced in handling construction disputes and is very professional, thoughtful and efficient." "Richard is a very experienced figure in the international arbitration world. He has excellent tactical judgement, in particular in relation to how to handle tribunals."

Simon Tolson is a respected construction lawyer who possesses considerable experience in assisting developers and contractors with high-profile disputes. He regularly provides representation in court proceedings concerning terminated contracts and defect claims arising out of energy and transport infrastructure developments.
"He is a first-class solicitor - he works incredibly hard for his clients and he combines this with bags of knowledge and experience." "He’s an outstanding lawyer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of construction law."

Thomas Young is a construction disputes specialist with noteworthy experience of handling international arbitration disputes. He is particularly adept at assisting clients with claims relating to infrastructure and energy projects in Europe and Asia.
"He is a very effective and efficient lawyer." "He is tenacious and really strong on the details of cases."

Toby Randle regularly advises on claims involving cladding issues and the construction of energy assets. He utilises his prior experience as a barrister to assist with the resolution of disputes through various formats, including litigation, arbitration and mediation.
"He is sharp, experienced and punctual."

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We are regularly advising our clients on all major industry standard form construction and engineering contracts and professional appointments, including but not limited to NEC, FIDIC and JCT. 

These contracts are frequently supplemented by bespoke amendments and additional provisions tailored to specific projects. In addition, we regularly work and assist in drafting bespoke project specific contract documentation when required. 

Our unique specialist construction expertise allows us to provide a hands-on approach to smooth the development of your project, covering your project from inception to completion.

​Our expertise

As Fenwick Elliott is the UK's largest specialist construction and energy law firm we have advised on a vast number of landmark projects around the world, we have earned a reputation for providing cost-effective, specialist advice. 

Major projects we have advised on include: 

  • AirportsBridges​Commercial developments
  • Dams
  • Data centres
  • Desalination plants
  • Hospitals
  • Hydro-electric power plants
  • Hyper compressors
  • IT & tech services
  • Jetties
  • Metro systems
  • Mines
  • Nuclear power plants
  • Pipelines
  • Ports & Terminals
  • Power plants
  • Process plants
  • Railways
  • Reclamations
  • Refineries
  • Roads
  • Schools
  • Skyscrapers 
  • Stadia
  • Trams
  • Tunnels
  • Universities
  • Waste to energy
  • Wind farms

Our clients

  • Governments and state owned corporations;
  • Local authorities and other public bodies;
  • Main contractors;
  • Owners/developers;
  • Joint Ventures;
  • Specialist subcontractors;
  • Institutional investors;
  • Engineers; and
  • Architects.







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Marine Engineering


Oil & Gas


Public Procurement






Fenwick Elliott LLP


Aldwych House

71-91 Aldwych


Greater London



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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

London (Firms)

Construction: Contentious

Anthony Francis
Band 1
Nicholas Gould
Band 2
Simon Tolson
Band 1
Toby Randle
Band 6

Construction: International Arbitration

Nicholas Gould
Band 3
Richard Smellie
Band 3

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