Partner, Akin Gump


Hamish Lal's practice covers the real estate, renewables, nuclear, oil, PFI, and major projects sectors. Hamish is a partner at Akin Gump LLP and was formerly head of Jones Day's contentious and non-contentious construction practice in London, and he has experience of drafting FIDIC, NEC, IChemE, JCT, and ICE-based contracts, as well as target cost and alliance contracts. He has handled adjudications, arbitrations, expert determinations, mediations, and High Court disputes relating to a variety of contractual, technical, and financial matters, including complex contractual interpretation, breach of EU procurement law, delay & disruption, professional negligence, defects, practical completion, liquidated damages, payment, variations, and termination.

Hamish's notable engagements prior to joining Jones Day in 2009 include advising the employer on a complex delay/disruption dispute in Qatar; advising the employer of the world's largest offshore wind farm project; acting on nuclear decommissioning (tier 2) disputes; acting for owners of North Sea floating production storage and offloading systems (FPSO) with respect to EPC contracts and O&M obligations; and a dispute relating to negligence causing delay and disruption on a 1200 MW coal-fired power station. In addition, he has acted in a UNCITRAL arbitration relating to a drilling rig in the north Caspian Sea and adjudication enforcement proceedings (Mott Macdonald Ltd v London & Regional Properties Ltd [2007] EWHC 1055).

Hamish is author of Quantifying and Managing Disruption Claims (second edition), and he has published extensively and presented at a number of international and UK conferences on construction law and nuclear decommissioning and new build. He is a member of the council of the Society of Construction Law and sits on the committee of the Adjudication Society.

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