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Steven Williams

Partner
Co-head of the Infrastructure, Construction and Energy Disputes Group
Lawyer

Contact
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English

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 experience includes litigation, international arbitration, adjudication, ADR processes and forensic investigation work. He also provides project advisory and risk management advice. Steven’s sector expertise includes: infrastructure (stadia, rail and highways), energy (CHP, solar, waste to energy and offshore wind), oil and gas (LNG, pipelines and plant), marine (coastal defences), commercial development (office, retail and mixed development) and PFI projects (health, education and waste).

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"Steven is very thoughtful in considering all aspects of a case and developing strategy from all angles. He's very responsive and well versed in international arbitration."

Chambers, 2023

"Steve is a commercial and pragmatic lawyer. He's transparent and open, recommending the best advice and ensuring there's always a consistent service."

Chambers, 2023

"A 'top-drawer lawyer who really understands the commercial realities clients face,' and also praise him for being 'great on litigation strategy'."

Legal 500, 2020

"benefits from a 'wealth of experience."

Legal 500, 2020

"First-class lawyer" Steven Williams maintains his excellent reputation for handling high-value construction disputes, especially those relating to the infrastructure and energy sectors. He is sought out by both purchaser and supplier-side clients for his “wealth of experience in the area.” Market sources also compliment his “sensible and firm style.”

Chambers, 2019

"excellent, proactive, sensible and pragmatic lawyer who is skilled at delving into the detail quickly and converting complicated issues to business-friendly and easily understood advice."

Chambers, 2018

"excellent strategist"

Legal 500, 2018

"He is very strategic, very considerate of cost and has a very keen commercial sense".

Chambers and Partners 2017

'excellent strategist'.

Legal 500, 2017

"Practice head Steven Williams has very good client skills"

Legal 500 2016

Relevant experience

  • AECOM on resolving disputes arising from the Newport SDR road project and the East London Line.
  • Laing O'Rourke on adjudication of claims relating to Willesden Junction upgrade rail project and on resolution of final account dispute with Severn Trent Water of framework agreement.
  • Morzine Limited (JV between Shell, Greenergy and Vopak) on resolution of disputes relating to the reconfiguration of the Thames Oil Port refinery.
  • Willows (Waste Management Inc / Cory Environmental) on resolution of claims resulting from termination of energy from Waste PFI project.
  • Greenland (Chinese state-owned developer) on adjudication relating to the Spire tower project.
  • BNP Real Estate on disputes arising from completion of development at Kings Cross Central.
  • Multiplex on project advisory and disputes advice on Principal Place and One Blackfriars developments.
  • Arup on Court of Appeal hearing relating to legal issues on exclusion clauses and limitations of liability arising from a dispute relating to the regeneration of a 170 acre site in Barry, South Wales.
  • Scottish and Southern Energy/RWE NPower – on LCIA arbitration proceedings arising out of Greater Gabbard Offshore wind farm.
  • Tristan Capital on warranty and indemnity insurance claim relating to defects in Stadlau shopping centre in Vienna.
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Memberships & Roles

Steven is a member of the Technology and Construction Solicitors Association and chairs its sub-committee on civil litigation.  He is a CEDR mediator and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Steven is also a member of the IBA and its International Projects Committee. 

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Lectures list

  • A regular attendee of the annual IBA Conference and has spoken on international construction procurement issues.
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Education

  • LL.B, Southampton University, London
  • MSc, Construction Law and Arbitration, King's College, London
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14/09/2022
An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments: An In­ter­na­tion­al...
We are pleased to an­nounce the pub­lic­a­tion of the 2022 edi­tion of our in­ter­na­tion­ally fo­cused An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments. Now in its twelfth year, the An­nu­al Re­view sum­mar­ises key de­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish con­struc­tion law over the pre­vi­ous cal­en­dar year in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ments in re­lated com­mon law jur­is­dic­tions. The pub­lic­a­tion has been pre­pared with our in­ter­na­tion­al cli­ents in mind and aims to provide a great­er de­gree of back­ground and ana­lys­is than our reg­u­lar Law-Now alert ser­vice. This year’s edi­tion con­tin­ues to be in­flu­enced by the Cov­id-19 pan­dem­ic and in­cludes art­icles on frus­tra­tion and force ma­jeure claims, on-de­mand bonds and in­ten­tion­al breaches of con­tract. We also re­port on de­vel­op­ments in re­la­tion to the law on li­quid­ated dam­ages, an­oth­er top­ic of spe­cial in­terest in light of the delays to many pro­jects oc­ca­sioned by the pan­dem­ic.You can down­load a PDF ver­sion of the 2022 an­nu­al re­view be­low at the bot­tom of the page.Some of the pre­vi­ous an­nu­al re­views are in­cluded be­low­An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments 2021An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments 2020An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments 2019An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments 2018Oth­er Law Now con­struc­tion con­tent can be ac­cessed on the Con­struc­tion portal of our Law-Now web­site found here. You can also find out more about CM­S' ex­pert­ise in con­struc­tion and en­gin­eer­ing and in­fra­struc­ture.
17/09/2021
An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments 2021
We are pleased to an­nounce the pub­lic­a­tion of the 2021 edi­tion of our An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments: An In­ter­na­tion­al Per­spect­ive. Now in its el­ev­enth year, the An­nu­al Re­view sum­mar­ises key de­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish con­struc­tion law over the pre­vi­ous cal­en­dar year. The pub­lic­a­tion has been pre­pared with our in­ter­na­tion­al cli­ents in mind and aims to provide a great­er de­gree of back­ground and ana­lys­is than our reg­u­lar Law-Now alert ser­vice. This year’s pub­lic­a­tion con­tains a strong em­phas­is on pan­dem­ic-re­lated is­sues, in­clud­ing chal­lenges to calls un­der on-de­mand bonds, ter­min­a­tion scen­ari­os and can­celled pro­jects. Also in­cluded are de­vel­op­ments in the law as to design li­ab­il­ity and in­dir­ect and con­sequen­tial loss ex­clu­sions, con­tinu­ing themes from pre­vi­ous years. You can down­load a PDF ver­sion of the 2021 an­nu­al re­view be­low at the bot­tom of the page.Some of the pre­vi­ous an­nu­al re­views are in­cluded be­low­An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments 2020An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments 2019An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments 2018Oth­er Law Now con­struc­tion con­tent can be ac­cessed on the Con­struc­tion portal of our Law-Now web­site found here. You can also find out more about CM­S' ex­pert­ise in con­struc­tion and en­gin­eer­ing and in­fra­struc­ture.
21/07/2021
Post-ter­min­a­tion li­quid­ated dam­ages: or­tho­doxy re­stored 
In a much-an­ti­cip­ated de­cision last week, the Su­preme Court has over­turned a Court of Ap­peal rul­ing on the ap­plic­a­tion of li­quid­ated dam­ages for delay in ter­min­a­tion scen­ari­os. While ul­ti­mately the ques­tion...
11/08/2020
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...
18/06/2020
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...
28/04/2020
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...
12/08/2019
UK Con­struc­tion 2019 – What next? Lon­don 2019
CMS and Guy Shone of Ex­plain the Mar­ket hos­ted a round table dis­cus­sion on "What next for UK Con­struc­tion?" with seni­or rep­res­ent­at­ives from the UK con­struc­tion in­dustry in Lon­don.Par­ti­cipants noted the...
31/07/2019
An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments 2019
The 2019 edi­tion of our in­ter­na­tion­ally fo­cused An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments sum­mar­ises the key de­vel­op­ments of Eng­lish con­struc­tion law over the last 12 months.This edi­tion...
08/03/2019
Court of Ap­peal re­solves post-ter­min­a­tion li­quid­ated dam­ages de­bate
A Court of Ap­peal de­cision earli­er this week has provided au­thor­it­at­ive guid­ance as to the ef­fect of ter­min­a­tion on li­quid­ated dam­ages pro­vi­sions in re­la­tion to delay. The de­cision re­solves con­flict­ing...