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Construction & Engineering Disputes lawyers

At CMS, we strive to spend more time looking outward at your world than inward at ours. As a leading and trusted adviser to the construction and engineering sectors, we aim to give you an advantage today by anticipating your challenges of tomorrow.

Our dedicated construction and engineering disputes team understands the particular commercial, technical and regulatory environment of the industry in which you work. We are focused on resolving disputes arising in these sectors, giving us a uniquely enhanced knowledge of your world and an unrivalled experience of resolving the kinds of disputes that arise in the commercial context these industries.

The team specialises in all forms of dispute management, avoidance and resolution including expert determination, adjudication, mediation, litigation and international arbitration (LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL, DIAC and others).

The team is consistently ranked in the Global Arbitration Review as one of the world’s busiest international arbitration practices, we are experts in helping clients avoid formal disputes. So whether you foresee a problem arising and would like some guidance on the best course to steer, or whether you face litigation, international arbitration or other forms of dispute resolution, you are in safe hands with us.

Project Advisory and Risk Management

The team also offers a ‘Project Advisory and Risk Management’ service - offering advice on how to avoid disputes at every stage of the lifecycle for major construction and engineering projects. As the legal, contractual and regulatory environment in which major projects are delivered becomes ever more complex, proactive management of risk has become a critical part of delivery strategies.

Our team provides flexible support to help you maximise opportunities and manage time, cost and quality risks that have the potential to impact the successful outcome of a project. This early intervention by our team minimises your risk of a costly dispute, protecting your reputation and your relationship with clients.

Our services include analysis of documentation and procedures, producing proforma documents and communication strategies, delivery of teach-in workshops to project delivery and commercial teams, regular project surgeries and risk review workshops, telephone helpline providing real-time project advice and post completion reviews.

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Paul Smith
Part­ner
Head of the CMS Energy, Projects and Construction Group and Co-head of Infrastructure & Projects Group.
United Kingdom, London
Paul Smith is Head of the CMS Energy, Projects and Construction (EPC) Group and Co-head of the firm’s Infrastructure & Projects Group. He leads an international team of over 200 lawyers.He has extensive...
Catriona Garcia-Alis
Catriona Garcia-Alis
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Catriona Garcia-Alis is a Senior Associate in the Disputes Team in Edinburgh.
Louise Boswell
Louise Boswell
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
Solicitor Advocate
United Kingdom, London
Louise Boswell is a Senior Associate and Solicitor Advocate in the Litigation and Arbitration department. She has extensive dispute resolution experience and regularly assists clients in relation to disputes...
Laura McEwen
Laura West
As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Laura McEwen is an Associate in the construction disputes team.
Shona Frame
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Glasgow
Shona Frame specialises in construction dispute resolution. She has dual accreditation by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in construction law and in arbitration law. She is a Fellow of Chartered...
Helen Fyfe
Helen Fyfe
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
Helen Fyfe is a senior associate in the ICE Disputes team specialising in energy and procurement disputes.
Jessica Foley
Jessica Foley
As­so­ci­ate
Solicitor Advocate
United Kingdom, London
Jessica is an Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration department.
Tim Evans
Tim Evans
As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, Bristol
Tim Evans is an Associate in IRG team.
Alex Denslow
Alex Denslow
Part­ner
Head of the CMS Insurance Group
United Kingdom, London
Alex Denslow is Head of the CMS Insurance Group. In this position, he leads an international team of 100 specialist lawyers.He is a recommended partner in Chambers and Legal 500 for insurance / reinsurance...
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Catherine Devine
Prin­cip­al Coun­sel
United Kingdom, London
Catherine Devine is a Senior Associate in the Insurance and Reinsurance Group in London.