On 14 December 2021, Herbert Smith Freehills jointly hosted ‘Dispute Boards – The Asian Perspective’ with 39 Essex Chambers and HKA. The panel discussion considered the use of dispute resolution boards (DABs), covering their benefits, practical issues, and whether there are better alternative methods of dispute resolution available. Read more

GAR Live – Construction Disputes Conference

Herbert Smith Freehills is a supporter of the GAR Live Construction Disputes conference taking place in Paris on Thursday 23 September 2021. Partner David Nitek will be speaking at the conference as part of the Belt & Road panel. Read more


In June this year, FIDIC published five standard construction contracts in Chinese. The aim is to foster greater awareness and understanding of FIDIC contracts in the PRC construction sector, for both outbound and domestic projects. The recent publication includes four 2017 editions and one 2008 edition of FIDIC standard forms: Read more

International Guide to Construction and Engineering Law 2021

Construction and Infrastructure partners David Nitek and Nicholas Downing have once again authored an expert analysis chapter in the eighth edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Construction & Engineering Law 2021 as contributing editors of the edition. Their chapter “Waking Watch: Fire and Building Safety After Grenfell” analyses the main English cases which … Read more

Hot Topics in Construction Arbitration

The past year has been a turbulent time for the global construction industry, with many construction projects around the world having been affected in some form or another by delays, disruption and cost overruns arising directly or indirectly from the Covid-19 pandemic. Whilst there have been indications of a recent uptick in the global construction … Read more

Triple Point: All The Points You Need To Know

In the long-awaited decision of Triple Point Technology, Inc. v PTT Public Company Ltd [2021] UKSC 29, the Supreme Court has overturned the Court of Appeal’s “radical re-interpretation of the case law on liquidated damages clauses” and has restored the orthodox interpretation of liquidated damages (“LDs”) clauses in the event that a contract is terminated … Read more


Tokyo Partner Craig Shepherd, together with Singapore Of Counsel Daniel Waldek and Associate Mitchell Dearness, have contributed to GAR’s ‘The Asia Pacific Arbitration Review 2022′ with a section on construction and infrastructure arbitration in Asia Pacific. The authors consider the potential impacts of Covid-19 disruption and the transition to green energy on construction disputes in … Read more

Launch of our New Malaysia Notes Blog

Herbert Smith Freehills has launched a new Malaysia blog, which you can find at https://hsfnotes.com/malaysia/ or via the “More blogs” link above.   “Malaysia Notes” is where you’ll find news on the latest legal developments in Malaysia.   You can subscribe to the blog by entering your e-mail address on the site in order to receive updates … Read more