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Laura West

Senior Associate

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Saltire Court
20 Castle Terrace
United Kingdom
Languages English

Laura West is a Senior Associate in the construction disputes team. Laura specialises in resolving infrastructure, construction and energy disputes.  She works closely with clients to provide operational and strategic contract advice as well as advising when disputes have become formalised through a range of dispute resolution procedures including litigation, adjudication, expert determination, mediation and arbitration.  She has experience in advising on several contract forms including JCT, NEC, FIDIC and ICE as well as bespoke drafting and PFI/PPP forms.

Laura is dual qualified in Scots and English law and holds an Advanced Certificate in International Arbitration.  She teaches construction law to post graduate students at the University of Edinburgh and is the current Chair of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator’s Young Members’ Global Steering Committee.

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Relevant experience

  • A utility company on avoiding and managing claims in relation to the installation of a GBP 1 billion subsea cable transmitting renewable energy involving complex issues of delay and extension of time.
  • A Dubai based oil and gas company in a USD 120million LCIA arbitration brought by its drilling contractor on a major onshore oilfield.  The dispute involved complex points of contract interpretation and tactics with a cross claim of approximately USD 190 million.
  • The developer of a large city centre hotel in pursuing its contractor and design team for latent structural defects.  Successfully settled at mediation.
  • A contractor in successfully defencing an adjudication brought by its M&E subcontractor in relation to the adequacy of payment notices.  
  • A local authority on disputes concerning deductions arising under a PFI contract involving key points of contract interpretation through an adjudication, court proceedings and a mediation process.
  • A contractor in successfully establishing an entitlement to an extension of time in respect of works carried out to a hospital.
  • A leading contractor in defending delay, defects and termination claims in arbitration amounting to circa £200m in respect of a waste to energy plant.
  • A contractor in a claim for additional costs arising from works to a pharmaceutical plant in an arbitration under the VIAC rules and governed by Austrian law.
  • A utility company in respect of serial defects for four onshore windfarm projects all under FIDIC yellow book.
  • An offshore oilfield services provider in defending claims of USD 56 million brought by its sub-contractor for post trenching and backfilling works in the Caspian Sea under UNCITRAL rules administered by the LCIA.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) 
  • Current Chair of the CIArb Young Members’ Global Steering Committee
  • Committee Member of the CIArb Scottish Branch
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  • 2017 – Admitted as a Solicitor in England & Wales (Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme) 
  • 2016 – Advanced Certificate in International Arbitration, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • 2014 – Admitted as a Solicitor in Scotland 
  • 2012 – Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, University of Edinburgh
  • 2011 – LL.B (First Class Honours), University of Edinburgh
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ICCA 2022
The ICCA 2022 Con­gress, the largest ar­bit­ra­tion con­fer­ence in the world will take place in Ed­in­burgh on 18-21 Septem­ber 2022. CMS Scot­land is de­lighted to sup­port the con­fer­ence as plat­in­um spon­sors. 
ESG in Con­struc­tion - a view from the mar­ket
In June 2022, CMS hos­ted a Roundtable event on “The im­pact of En­vir­on­ment­al, So­cial and Gov­ernance (ESG) con­sid­er­a­tions on the con­struc­tion in­dustry” with seni­or rep­res­ent­at­ives from stake­hold­ers in UK and over­seas con­struc­tion pro­jects.  The dis­cus­sion centred on how rap­id de­vel­op­ments in the ESG space are im­pact­ing cor­por­a­tions and the pro­jects they are en­gaged on.  
Con­struc­tion Fo­cus On: De­velopers
Join us for a ses­sion look­ing at es­sen­tial con­struc­tion is­sues for de­velopers, em­ploy­ers and own­ers in Scot­land. We’ll be dis­cuss­ing how build­ing con­tracts are re­act­ing to world events and cur­rent mar­ket...
A new Age of En­light­en­ment in In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion?
We are now less than 6 months away from when the ICCA 2020 Con­gress, the largest ar­bit­ra­tion con­fer­ence in the world and for which CMS is the plat­in­um spon­sor, comes to Ed­in­burgh. As we count down to...
In­nov­a­tion and Tech­no­logy in In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion: what lies ahead?
“In­nov­a­tion and tech­no­lo­gic­al pro­gress [is] more im­port­ant to growth than cap­it­al ac­cu­mu­la­tion”.  - Adam Fer­guson Is in­nov­a­tion and tech­no­lo­gic­al pro­gress as im­port­ant to In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion...
Per­mis­sion to chal­lenge an award is not al­ways con­di­tion­al on provid­ing...
The Eng­lish Court re­cently con­sidered wheth­er it was ap­pro­pri­ate to re­quire a Re­spond­ent ask­ing for a stay of en­force­ment pro­ceed­ings to provide se­cur­ity for the award pending the out­come of the Re­spond­ent’s...
No­tice in Rus­si­an is ‘prop­er no­tice’ 
The Com­mer­cial Court re­fused to set aside an or­der al­low­ing en­force­ment of a Rus­si­an award un­der the IC­AC rules on grounds that the No­tice com­men­cing the ar­bit­ra­tion served on an Eng­lish Re­spond­ent, was...