Constructing Renewables: 2023 Highlights and Lookahead

2023 has been another challenging year for the renewable energy sector, with the construction of renewable energy projects continuing to be impacted by macroeconomic issues including inflation, market disruption, and supply chain constraints. In this post, we look at the key contracting and procurement trends to emerge from 2023, as well as some notable developments … Read more

When “amicable settlement” clauses in FIDIC contracts fail

Construction contracts often provide for settlement discussions to occur before an arbitration is commenced. However, this type of ‘multi-tier’ dispute resolution clause can lead to disputes over whether or not the occurrence of settlement discussions is a compulsory requirement before arbitration can be validly commenced. The recent decision of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) … Read more

General Assembly of the Dubai Court of Cassation has provided needed clarity regarding the validity of arbitration agreements

The General Assembly of the Dubai Court of Cassation has recently issued a judgment in its Decision No. 10 of 2023 (the “2023 Decision“), in which it considered the legal principles regarding the validity of arbitration agreements. The General Assembly has directed that the principle established by the Dubai Court of Cassation in Contestation No. … Read more


In the complex world of construction, ‘turnkey’ projects are those where the contractor assumes the lion’s share of responsibility, from design and engineering to procurement and construction. Read the latest article by James Doe, David Nitek, and Noe Minamikata, which provides a deep dive into the intricacies of construction arbitration within the context of turnkey … Read more

Inaugural Construction Disputes Academy in Jakarta hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills and Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung

Herbert Smith Freehills, in association with Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung, held our first Construction Disputes Academy in Jakarta on 21 September 2023. The event attracted over 40 in-house counsel and project teams from key clients, including state-owned enterprises, international developers, and global construction contractors in the power, oil and gas, mining, and telecommunications industries. In … Read more

Building Safety Act duties – not just for residential projects

As discussed in previous blogs on the changes introduced by the Building Safety Act 2022, many of the new safety requirements apply to residential buildings – the management of safety risks in occupied high-rise residential buildings and registration requirements, for example. Much of the commentary and guidance from the government and the Health and Safety … Read more

ACL Training Academy: Introduction to Construction Law & Dispute Resolution

Africa Construction Law (ACL), for which Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Joint Global Head of Construction Disputes, James Doe, is an Advisory Board member, is launching the ACL Training Academy in September 2023. The ACL Training Academy is a collaborative venture involving ACL, King’s College London and HKA and brings together legal and technical experts … Read more