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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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"Adrian Bell is very focused on responsiveness and client service, he is always available and extremely sensible, pragmatic and commercial."

Legal 500, 2021

"He is extremely responsive and has a strong instinct for tactical decisions."

Chambers, 2020

"He carries with him a wealth of industry experience and he's always on hand to provide first-rate advice."

Chambers, 2020

"A tireless powerhouse."

Legal 500, 2020

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

Chambers, 2019

"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

"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

"astute, focused and no nonsense"

Legal 500, 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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Memberships & Roles

  • 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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  • 2000 – BA(Hons) Law and Business, Warwick University, Warwick
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28 April 2021
Chal­len­ging bond calls on in­ter­na­tion­al pro­jects: Eng­lish courts vs Emer­gency...
A re­cent de­cision of the Eng­lish Com­mer­cial Court has re­fused an ap­plic­a­tion for an in­junc­tion re­quir­ing a be­ne­fi­ciary un­der an on-de­mand bond to with­draw its de­mand and re­frain from mak­ing fur­ther de­mands...
03 March 2021
Ad­ju­dic­a­tion en­force­ment in cross-bor­der dis­putes
A TCC judg­ment last week en­forced an ad­ju­dic­a­tion de­cision is­sued un­der a con­struc­tion con­tract for a hotel pro­ject in Lon­don that was sub­ject to Itali­an law and with an ex­clus­ive jur­is­dic­tion clause...
14 January 2021
CMS strengthens In­fra­struc­ture, Con­struc­tion and En­ergy Dis­putes team with...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of Emma Schaaf­sma (Kra­tochvilova) as a part­ner in its Band 1 ranked In­fra­struc­ture, Con­struc­tion and En­ergy (ICE) Dis­putes group based...
14 January 2021
The rise of the glob­al ex­pert ser­vices prac­tice: Court of Ap­peal guid­ance...
A Court of Ap­peal de­cision earli­er this week has up­held an in­junc­tion gran­ted by the TCC pre­vent­ing an in­ter­na­tion­al ex­pert ser­vices firm from act­ing for more than one party to an in­ter­na­tion­al con­struc­tion...
11 August 2020
An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments 2020
CMS are pleased to an­nounce the pub­lic­a­tion of the 2020 edi­tion of our An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments: An In­ter­na­tion­al Per­spect­ive. Now in its tenth year, the An­nu­al Re­view sum­mar­ises...
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...
5 June 2020
CMS In­ter­na­tion­al Con­struc­tion Sur­vey 2020
The CMS In­ter­na­tion­al Con­struc­tion Sur­vey ex­amined more than 50 re­sponses from seni­or and leg­al man­age­ment in the con­struc­tion in­dustry (many of which are part of ENR’s TOP 250 Glob­al Con­tract­ors) across...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...