International Construction

Our strong cross-departmental Construction team provides contentious and non-contentious advice to clients owners, developers, contractors and consultants who are:

  • Based overseas with interests in the UK
  • Accessing the London courts to resolve their disputes
  • UK based with projects or disputes overseas where English Law or procedure applies.

The team provides developers, international contractors, leading fit-out contractors, specialist subcontractors, architects, engineers and consultants with the highest quality legal advice that is combined with our deep knowledge of the global construction sector and a commercially pragmatic approach.  The team has acted for a large number of parties on projects as far afield as South America, The Middle East and Asia.  Projects where we have been involved in giving advice include, airport development in South America, Building of a landmark tower in Baghdad (not proceeded with), data centres across Europe and advising African state entities in relation to their housing and roads upgrade programmes.  The Team is experience in advising on the use of FIDIC forms of contract as well as the NEC form for international projects.

Construction Law Disputes

We advise in relation to all forms of dispute resolution from adjudication and high court litigation to ICC arbitrations, acting for clients involved in disputes abroad and for international clients with disputes within the UK. Our expertise covers claims evaluation, early neutral evaluation, court litigation, dispute boards and international arbitration.

Dispute Boards

A specialist adjudication dispute board services is also available, we provide a tailored approach that is aligned with the value in dispute.  The Team includes a member of the DRBF [hyperlink to ] the specialist organisation for dispute boards the internationally recognised method of interim dispute resolution.  The Team can advise you on the specific form to go in your contract or if you are working on a project which is heading towards dispute we can advise you on the process and preparation of your claim.  We work closely with consultants who can advise you on all related financial and technical issues in preparing your claim. We also work with local lawyers both through our Legal Netlink Alliance membership or the vast network of local lawyers across the world through membership of the International Construction Projects Group of the IBA.  Wherever the dispute we can help.

International Arbitration Lawyers based in London

Our specialist construction disputes lawyers are experienced at advising on international arbitrations, please see our International Arbitration page for further information and to see our track record.


Leadership is provided by Head of Construction and highly experienced partner Richard Bailey. Richard is past Chairman Chairman of the European Society of Construction Law, member of the SCL International, DRBF and on he is on the board of the Legal Netlink Alliance, an affiliation of independent global firms.

"Richard Bailey is 'peerless in giving sound advice' to developers, major contractors and sub-contractors."
Legal 500, 2021

"Richard Bailey is an outstanding tactician and strategist and has the tact and diplomatic skills needed to provide outstanding service to their clients. He is a real pleasure to work with and is peerless in giving sound advice – his knowledge of the legal nuances in his practice areas is at the highest levels."
Legal 500, 2020

Our network

Our clients who require advice in other jurisdictions benefit from our very strong network of trusted firms across Europe, the USA, the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Internationally based clients gain access to not only our expertise but also to our connections in the City of London's exceptional adviser ecosystem. French and Canadian clients also benefit from bi-lingual advice via our French Desk.

Further information

For further information regarding our international construction law service please visit the Construction section of our website and contact Richard Bailey, Partner and Head of Construction and International Arbitration on +44 (0)20 7421 7921 or at