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Steven Williams

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

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
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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"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 strategist"

Legal 500, 2018

"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

"Practice head Steven Williams has very good client skills"

Legal 500 2016

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

Chambers and Partners 2017

'excellent strategist'.

Legal 500, 2017

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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  • LL.B, Southampton University, London
  • MSc, Construction Law and Arbitration, King's College, London
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