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Adrian Bell

Co-head of the Infrastructure, Construction and Energy Disputes Group | Joint Managing Director for Asia and the Middle East

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

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 resolution procedures in the infrastructure, construction and energy and sectors. He specialises in substantial and complex claims, both in the UK and internationally.

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"A tireless powerhouse."

Legal 500, 2020

very dedicated and hard-working lawyer who is good strategically.”

Chambers, 2019

"astute, focused and no nonsense"

Legal 500, 2018

"Adrian is meticulous in his preparations and provides clear and unambiguous advice."

Chambers, 2018

"He's very enthusiastic, hard-working, and very personable. I like working with him."

Acritas Stars 2018

"a leading name in complex construction disputes … Sources recommend him as "an excellent and tenacious litigator" with "strong construction knowledge"."

Who’s Who Legal, 2018

Relevant experience

  • A Spanish energy company and its partners in an arbitration concerning a dispute under a production sharing contract in North Africa under the local laws. ICC arbitral proceedings in Geneva.
  • A Turkish energy company on claims under a Project Agreement regarding an infrastructure project in Jordan under the local laws. UNCITRAL arbitration in Geneva.
  • An international oil and gas company in relation to claims arising from an EPC Contract in respect of an extended well testing facility in Iraq.
  • A Spanish engineering company in an international arbitration commenced against its employer for approximately $800m arising from delays and alleged defects concerning the construction of a 2,000MW combined cycle power plant in the Middle East under the local laws.
  • Japanese contractors in relation to delay claims arising from the construction of a $1billion power (600MW) and desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.
  • A Lebanese company in an arbitration against a BVI company in respect of a dispute relating to the construction of a hotel in the Middle East, including successfully defending proceedings in the English Courts regarding the arbitrator’s jurisdiction.
  • An oil super major in relation to delays caused to the refurbishment of a FPSO in the North Sea.
  • A contractor in defence of an adjudication commenced by its marine piling subcontractor under the NEC3 contract in relation to a £400m infrastructure project in the UK.
  • The operating subcontractor on a multi-million pound dispute arising out of a highways maintenance and management PFI.
  • The project company on four adjudications, High Court proceedings and two mediations arising out of multi-million pound delay and defects claims arising from a PFI waste treatment plant.
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  • 2000 – BA(Hons) Law and Business, Warwick University, Warwick
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  • Committee Member, the Technology & Construction Solicitors Association.
  • Member of the International Bar Association, the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group, the Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates and the Society of Construction Law.
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11 August 2020
An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments 2020
CMS An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments sum­mar­ises key de­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish con­struc­tion law over the pre­vi­ous year. Find out more now.
18 June 2020
Su­preme Court rules on in­solv­ency ad­ju­dic­a­tion de­bate
A Su­preme Court judg­ment is­sued yes­ter­day has over­turned a Court of Ap­peal de­cision heav­ily lim­it­ing the abil­ity of in­solv­ency prac­ti­tion­ers to com­mence and en­force ad­ju­dic­a­tion pro­ceed­ings against their...
13 January 2020
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05 June 2020
Ad­vance pay­ment bonds: “step­ping down” pro­vi­sions and more guid­ance on...
Last month we re­por­ted on a TCC de­cision which con­sidered the re­quire­ments for mak­ing and re­ject­ing a de­mand un­der an ad­vance pay­ment bond sub­ject to the URDG. Very sim­il­ar is­sues have now been con­sidered...
31 July 2019
An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments 2019
CMS An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments 2019. Find out more.
13 May 2020
Ad­vance pay­ment bonds: non-doc­u­ment­ary con­di­tions and re­jec­tion no­tices...
A de­cision of the Eng­lish Tech­no­logy and Con­struc­tion Court pub­lished last week has con­sidered a dis­puted de­mand made un­der an ad­vance pay­ment guar­an­tee provided to se­cure per­form­ance of an in­ter­na­tion­al...
14 June 2018
An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments 2018
Wel­come to the 2018 edi­tion of our in­ter­na­tion­ally fo­cused An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments. 2017 has been an­oth­er busy year for the de­vel­op­ment of Eng­lish con­struc­tion law. This year we lead with the newly re­leased FID­IC Second Edit
07 May 2020
The use of ex­perts in in­ter­na­tion­al con­struc­tion dis­putes: con­flicts of...
A re­cent de­cision of the Tech­no­logy and Con­struc­tion Court ap­pears to be the first re­por­ted Eng­lish de­cision to up­hold a fudi­ciary duty of loy­alty in an ex­pert wit­ness ap­point­ment. The find­ing in this...
19 December 2017
CMS guide to the FID­IC 2017 suite
At the be­gin­ning of Decem­ber 2017, FID­IC pub­lished its much-her­al­ded and long awaited new edi­tions of the Red, Yel­low and Sil­ver Books. The new ver­sions con­tain ex­tens­ive amend­ments and are an at­tempt to mod­ern­ise the FID­IC form 18 years after the First E
28 April 2020
In­dir­ect and con­sequen­tial loss ex­clu­sions: Eng­lish law holds the line...
A Tech­no­logy and Con­struc­tion Court de­cision last week has con­sidered a dir­ect at­tack on the tra­di­tion­ally nar­row in­ter­pret­a­tion giv­en by the Eng­lish courts to in­dir­ect and con­sequen­tial loss ex­clu­sion...
5 June 2017
An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law Dis­putes
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21 April 2020
Ad­ju­dic­a­tion in­junc­tions: will Cov­id-19 de­vel­op the law?
The first re­cor­ded case of an ad­ju­dic­a­tion in­junc­tion sought as a res­ult of the Cov­id-19 pan­dem­ic emerged earli­er this month in the TCC. The law as to such in­junc­tions is presently un­settled. In this...