Chairs

Jane Davies Evans

3 Verulam Buildings

A barrister at 3 Verulam Buildings, Jane has been described as ‘The most competent construction advocate’ who is ‘Devastatingly good for complex cases’, ‘Absolutely first rate’ and ‘A superb lawyer’ (Legal 500).  Jane is also recognised by Chambers & Partners (‘A sophisticated advocate’ whose ‘eloquence and grasp of the technical and financial elements of complex cases is remarkable’), by Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration and as a Thought Leader in Who’s Who Legal: Construction.  Jane has substantial experience as counsel in international arbitrations involving major energy and infrastructure projects in Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.  A dual-qualified lawyer and accountant, Jane is often appointed a counsel or arbitrator on disputes involving complex delay/disruption and quantum.

Peter Rosher

Reed Smith

Peter Rosher is a partner at Reed Smith in Paris where he represents clients in arbitrations worldwide, both ad hoc and under major institutional rules.  He focuses principally in energy, construction and infrastructure disputes. Dual qualified, he teaches at the Faculty of Law at Sciences Po and Assas-Pantheon. He is Secretary General of the Association “Paris, Place d’Arbitrage”, on the board of the French Arbitration Association and on the organising committee for the Paris Arbitration Week. He is a Fellow of the Disputes Board Federation. Peter also sits regularly as arbitrator and has published widely.  

Keynote Speaker

Professor Doug Jones AO

Atkin Chambers

Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator with over 40 years' prior experience as an international transactional and disputes project lawyer. Doug is a door tenant at Atkin Chambers London an arbitrator member at Arbitration Place in Toronto and has an office in Sydney. Doug is also an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court. He has been involved in over 120 arbitrations spanning over 30 jurisdictions in disputes of values exceeding some billions $US. In addition, Doug has held appointments at several international professional associations, including as President of the CIArb and ACICA.

Speakers

David Barry

Blackrock Expert Services Group

Simon Braithwaite

BDO

Sophia Burton

Debevoise & Plimpton

James Doe

Herbert Smith Freehills

Lucy Fusager Johnsen

Barslund

Laurent Gaultier

ALSTOM

Nicholas Gould

Fenwick Elliott

Don Harvey

Secretariat International

Gregory Leveau

E2cm

Erin Miller Rankin

Freshfields

Dan Perera

Reed Smith

Anamaria Popescu

BRG

Programme

12:00-12:05 Welcome address

Peter Rosher, Reed Smith
Jane Davies Evans, 3 Verulam Buildings

12:05-12:30 Keynote Address: Let’s Get Together: Quo Vadis International Construction Arbitration

Keynote Speaker:
Doug Jones AO, Independent Arbitrator

12:30-12:40  Q&A Session
Our keynote speaker will take questions from the audience.

12:40-13:20 The Show must go on
The international construction industry is grappling with the consequences of the global pandemic.  As contractual allocations of risk and traditional legal principles creak and strain to accommodate the unprecedented situation, our panel of lawyers and contract managers discuss the challenges they are working to overcome with their clients and colleagues. 

The panel will discuss:

  • How have construction projects been impacted in the panel’s jurisdictions, and how are the legislators, courts and tribunals responding?
  • Whether employers and contractors working together proactively to minimise Covid-19 conflicts, or will a second wave of Covid-19 based claims be unleashed in the coming months?
  • Dispute boards often act as the early warning system for major projects.  What covid-19 issues are being referred to dispute boards, and how are they being resolved?

Moderator:
Peter Rosher, Reed Smith 

Panellists:
James Doe, Herbert Smith Freehills
Laurent Gaultier, ALSTOM
Nicholas Gould, Fenwick Elliot
Gregory Leveau, E2cm
Erin Miller Rankin, Freshfields
Dan Perera, Reed Smith

13:20-13:55 If you could turn back time
The pandemic brought some construction projects to an abrupt halt.  Other projects have continued, but with significant delays.  Yet more projects expect future delays as the global supply chain is overwhelmed with the consequences of the pandemic.  Our panel of delay experts will discuss the impact of Covid-19 on progress, and how these delays can be analysed for the purposes of claiming extensions of time.

Moderator:
Jane Davies Evans, 3 Verulam Buildings

Panellists:
David Barry, Blackrock
Simon Braithwaite, BDO
Sophia Burton, Debevoise & Plimpton
Don Harvey, Secretariat
Lucy Fusager Johnsen, Barslund
Anamaria Popescu, BRG

13:55-14:00 Closing remarks

Peter Rosher, Reed Smith
Jane Davies Evans, 3 Verulam Buildings

Ticket prices

Tickets are complimentary