Louise Elmes, Partner, Engineering, Projects & Construction
I lead our contentious Engineering, Projects & Construction practice and am a Partner in our London office. I am a Barrister and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. I specialise in contentious construction, energy and maritime work, advising clients in respect of a variety of construction, engineering, energy and shipbuilding projects both domestically and internationally. I have acted on disputes in relation to bridges, car parks, commercial buildings, electricity sub-stations, energy from waste plants, highways, hotels, LNG plants, prisons, process facilities, railways, residential developments, sewage works, tunnels, mines and wind farms, water attenuation facilities, water treatment facilities, cargo ships, drilling rigs, LNG carriers, passenger ferries and superyachts.
I am experienced in various forms of dispute resolution including litigation, international and domestic arbitration, adjudication and other alternative dispute resolution procedures. I advise on UK domestic forms of construction contract, including NEC and JCT, FIDIC, SAJ and bespoke contracts in various jurisdictions including England and Wales, Angola, the Caribbean, China, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.
I read Law at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, with International and European Law at Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands, and the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law. I have recently completed the MSc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution at King’s College London, for which I was awarded the Sweet & Maxwell Thomson Reuters prize for the best performance in the second year modules and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ prize for the best award writing script.
I have written articles for the New Law Journal, Lloyd's List, Superyacht and City law firm websites and give seminars and lectures to clients and industry professionals. I am a member of the Society of Construction Law and King's College Construction Law Association.
The Legal 500 2016 describes me as a 'heavy hitter'.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis and golf and watching rugby.