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Construction & Engineering Disputes lawyers

At CMS, we strive to spend more time looking outward at your world than inward at ours. As a leading and trusted adviser to the construction and engineering sectors, we aim to give you an advantage today by anticipating your challenges of tomorrow.

Our dedicated construction and engineering disputes team understands the particular commercial, technical and regulatory environment of the industry in which you work. We are focused on resolving disputes arising in these sectors, giving us a uniquely enhanced knowledge of your world and an unrivalled experience of resolving the kinds of disputes that arise in the commercial context these industries.

The team specialises in all forms of dispute management, avoidance and resolution including expert determination, adjudication, mediation, litigation and international arbitration (LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL, DIAC and others).

The team is consistently ranked in the Global Arbitration Review as one of the world’s busiest international arbitration practices, we are experts in helping clients avoid formal disputes. So whether you foresee a problem arising and would like some guidance on the best course to steer, or whether you face litigation, international arbitration or other forms of dispute resolution, you are in safe hands with us.

Project Advisory and Risk Management

The team also offers a ‘Project Advisory and Risk Management’ service - offering advice on how to avoid disputes at every stage of the lifecycle for major construction and engineering projects. As the legal, contractual and regulatory environment in which major projects are delivered becomes ever more complex, proactive management of risk has become a critical part of delivery strategies.

Our team provides flexible support to help you maximise opportunities and manage time, cost and quality risks that have the potential to impact the successful outcome of a project. This early intervention by our team minimises your risk of a costly dispute, protecting your reputation and your relationship with clients.

Our services include analysis of documentation and procedures, producing proforma documents and communication strategies, delivery of teach-in workshops to project delivery and commercial teams, regular project surgeries and risk review workshops, telephone helpline providing real-time project advice and post completion reviews.

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Gelder, Catherine - CMS-GBR
Catherine Gelder
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Catherine specialises in construction and engineering claims and disputes. She advises clients from across the construction industry on a raft of internationally significant projects. She assists...
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Paul Smith
Part­ner
Head of the CMS Energy, Projects and Construction Group and Co-head of Infrastructure & Projects Group.
United Kingdom, London
Paul Smith is Head of the CMS Energy, Projects and Construction (EPC) Group and Co-head of the firm’s Infrastructure & Projects Group. He leads an international team of over 200 lawyers. He has e...
Alex Denslow
Alex Denslow
Part­ner
Head of the CMS Insurance Group
United Kingdom, London
Alex Denslow is Head of the CMS Insurance Group. In this position, he leads an international team of 100 specialist lawyers. He is a recommended partner in Chambers and Legal 500 for insurance /...
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Chris Watson
Part­ner
Head of the CMS TMC Group
United Kingdom, London
Chris Watson is Head of the CMS Technology, Media and Communications Group. In this position, he leads an international team of over 100 lawyersHe focuses on international commercial matters in the...
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Pieter Bekker
Part­ner
Head of Investment Arbitration Task Force
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Professor Pieter Bekker is a partner in the International Arbitration and Energy teams and Head of the CMS Investment Arbitration Task Force. A US qualified lawyer, he practises at the crossroads of...
Chris Gooding
Christopher Gooding
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
I can only explain the diversity of my practice by my 30-year career-long involvement in the Middle East and especially with its commercial connections with the Far East. Originally from an...
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Adrian Bell
Part­ner
Co-head of the Infrastructure, Construction and Energy Disputes Group | Joint Managing Director for Asia and the Middle East
United Kingdom, London
Adrian is a Partner and co-head of the Infrastructure, Construction and Energy (ICE) Disputes Group and is a qualified solicitor advocate. He advises on dispute avoidance and all types of dispute...
Robbie Leckie
Robbie Leckie
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Robbie Leckie is a partner in the Infrastructure, Construction and Energy Disputes Team.
Steven Williams
Steven Williams
Part­ner
Co-head of the Infrastructure, Construction and Energy Disputes Group
Lawyer
United Kingdom, London
Steven is a Partner and co-head of the Infrastructure, Construction and Energy (ICE) Disputes Group. He is an expert in construction dispute resolution and has led many high-profile cases. His...
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Shona Frame
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Glasgow
Shona Frame specialises in construction dispute resolution. She has dual accreditation by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in construction law and in arbitration law. She is a Fellow of...