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Jay Randhawa

Senior Associate

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

Jay is a dual-qualified Senior Associate in the Infrastructure, Construction and Energy Disputes team. Recognised by Who’s Who Legal (Construction 2021 & 2022, Arbitration 2022 and Global Elite Thought Leaders - Construction Under 45 2023), and Legal 500 (Construction (Contentious) – 2023 and Arbitration - 2023), Jay has practiced in Australia, South-East Asia and England & Wales advising on the avoidance, management and resolution of complex disputes in the construction, engineering, infrastructure and energy sectors, including both commercial and public international law matters. Having advised on projects in more than 26 different jurisdictions across Asia, Africa, Europe, North & Central America and the Middle East, Jay has a broad international practice including experience on the construction of infrastructure projects, oil and gas facilities, chemical and power plants, rail and other transport projects. 

Jay has experience of most major standard forms of contract including FIDIC and NEC, as well as a number of bespoke agreements. Whilst representing clients in high-value international arbitrations both under English and local laws, Jay has had experience acting in proceedings subject to ICSID, LCIA, ICC, SIAC, UNCITRAL and DIAC rules for international arbitration. Jay's experience also includes advising on investor-state arbitration in the construction and infrastructure sectors.

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"Jay is a superb lawyer with a keen eye for detail who knows how to handle cases successfully."

Who’s Who Legal Construction, 2023

"Rising Star"

Legal 500, 2023 & 2024

"An excellent lawyer, who always delivers up-to-date and pragmatic advice on complex construction matters."

Who's Who Legal, 2023

"Global Elite Thought Leader – Construction Under 45"

Who's Who Legal, 2023

"Future Leader"

Who's Who Legal Arbitration, 2022, 2023 & 2024

"Future Leader (Most Highly Regarded)"

Who's Who Legal Construction, 2021, 2022 & 2023

Relevant experience

  • A dispute concerning simultaneous upstream/downstream US$1.1b fee claims for a Japanese contractor in relation to the design and construction of a power plant in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 
  • Multiple ICC and DIAC arbitration proceedings for a joint-venture of European contractors concerning multiple subcontractor disputes, a joint venture dispute and a dispute with the Employer on a $3bn infrastructure project in the United Arab Emirates. 
  • ICSID arbitration proceedings on behalf of a Dutch investor in relation to against the Government of Albania arising out of the Claimant’s investment in a solar PV project. 
  • SIAC arbitration proceedings for a European offshore contractor concerning dredging and reclamation works carried out for the construction of a power plant project in Malaysia. 
  • ICC arbitration proceedings for a European design consultant to defend claims for damages arising from the termination of a contract for the design and construction of a major infrastructure project in Qatar. 
  • A US$50m ICC arbitration for a North American engineering consultancy in relation the design of a major infrastructure project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 
  • Multiple ICC and DIAC arbitration proceedings for an oil major in relation the construction of onshore processing facilities and a pipeline in Iraq. 
  • A AUD$150m ICC arbitration for a European offshore contractor in relation to the construction of offshore facilities for a major LNG project in Australia. 
  • A dispute for a North American contractor and manufacturer in relation to the construction of a US$1 billion power generation project in Thailand.
  • A dispute for a Japanese contractor in relation to claims concerning delay, disruption and procurement failures concerning the construction of a US$3billion refinery project in the United Arab Emirates.
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Memberships & Roles

  • London Co-Chair of Construction (Young International Construction Practitioners)
  • Member, Society of Construction Law
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  • The Resolution of Construction Claims through Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Alternative Opportunities for Relief for International Contractors – International Construction Law Review [2019] ICLR 255
  • Construction Claims and ICSID Arbitration: The characterisation of international construction disputes as a violation of investor protections – CMS Global Infrastructure, Construction & Energy Digest (2017)
  • Legal Update on Contractual Obligations of Good Faith - Civil Engineering Surveyor, Journal of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (2016)
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  • 2022 – Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales
  • 2014 – Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW, Australia
  • 2014 – Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, College of Law, Sydney
  • 2013 – Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts: Politics, University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney
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