Edward is the managing director of Corbett & Co. He is acknowledged as one of the world’s most experienced international construction lawyers with an unsurpassed reputation as a FIDIC expert. His expertise is recognised with his ranking as a leading individual in Chambers UK 2016 – Construction: International Arbitration UK-wide.
After reading law at Oxford University, he qualified as a barrister and practised for a short while before joining Masons in 1984. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1988.
He has an MSc in Construction Law and Arbitration from King’s College and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has conducted advocacy both in arbitration and DAB proceedings. He also has experience as an arbitrator and adjudicator on both UK and international disputes. He is an accredited mediator. He is on FIDIC’s lists of mediators and adjudicators and is trained as a TeCSA adjudicator. He has experience in all forms of construction contract.
Edward is the author of FIDIC 4th – A Practical Legal Guide and many articles and papers dealing with aspects of international construction contracts. He is also on the Editorial Board of Construction Law International (CLInt). He has lectured extensively on construction law and in particular on FIDIC’s standard forms of contract.
Andrew joined Corbett & Co in 2005 as a solicitor. He is one of the foremost arbitration and ADR specialists and his practice focuses on construction dispute resolution both domestically and internationally.
Andrew qualified with an LLB honours degree in law from Reading University before being called to the bar in 1992. He practised as a barrister for a short while in London before joining Corbett & Co in 1995 as a solicitor. In 1999 he moved to Norton Rose before returning to Corbett & Co in 2005.
He has an MSc in Construction and Property Law, receiving a distinction, and was awarded the Titmus, Seiner, Dechert prize for excellence. He has Diplomas in international commercial arbitration and domestic arbitration. He is a Chartered Arbitrator and fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and has conducted advocacy both in arbitration and DAB proceedings. He has experience in FIDIC, ICE, JCT, NEC and bespoke forms of construction contract.
He is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, International Bar Association (IBA), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Society of Construction Law (SCL), and the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.
Andrew is the author of A Practical Approach to Arbitration Law and Arbitration of Commercial Disputes – International and English Law and Practice. He has lectured on construction law at South Bank University and written numerous articles on arbitration, adjudication and other forms of ADR. Recently Andrew contributed a chapter entitled “Shifting the Burden of Proof: Revisiting Adjudication Decisions” to the CIArb liber amicorum published in celebration of its centenary.
In Legal 500 2016 Andrew was noted for his ‘exceptional written work and advocacy skills’.
Steve joined Corbett & Co in 2000 as a solicitor. He has particular expertise in the use of FIDIC forms of contract. His practice involves acting for clients in both international construction arbitrations and DAB proceedings. He has also dealt with disputes in the UK including proceedings before the Technology and Construction Court and in adjudication. Steve graduated with a BA at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Following a career in public housing, he qualified as a solicitor with Warner Cranston where he then joined its Construction Litigation department. During his six and a half years with Warner Cranston, Steve worked on a variety of large-value construction disputes and professional indemnity claims against construction professionals. Steve has an MSc (Merit) in Construction Law and Arbitration from King’s College, London, and has conducted advocacy in DAB proceedings, and written on construction law. He has experience in FIDIC, ICE, JCT, MF1 and bespoke forms of construction contract. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, the International Bar Association (IBA), and the Society of Construction Law. Steve was born in New Zealand and has dual New Zealand and Irish nationality. He is a Spanish speaker.
Victoria Tyson is a Director of Corbett & Co. and is qualified in both England and Wales and Hong Kong. A contentious construction lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in international construction law disputes. Exposure to many high profile and often politically sensitive international construction and engineering projects. Acts for governments and ministries, international contractors, and consultants. Particular expertise in complex international arbitration and specialist knowledge of the FIDIC forms of construction contract. Formerly with Masons (now Pinsent Masons) and Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills).
In Legal 500 2017 Victoria is recommended as a lawyer ‘…with great experience and very good time management’.
Victoria is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and is on the Executive Committee of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF) UK In 2016 she partnered with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Training and worked closely with the ICE Law and Contracts examination panel to develop a new portfolio of eLearning courses. Victoria has also written several Practice Notes for Lexis PSL on the FIDIC Forms of Contract, and has contributed to other publications including ‘Light At The End Of The Tunnel? Gibraltar Dispute Reviews Key FIDIC Yellow Book Provisions’ ICLR  506.
Taner is a barrister with some 20 years’ experience specialising in the resolution of international construction and engineering disputes, mostly concerning projects under the FIDIC Books. He represents both international Contractors and Employers involved in projects in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, undertaking advocacy as necessary in both DAB and arbitration proceedings. Taner’s expertise has been recognised with his ranking in Chambers UK 2016 – Construction: International Arbitration UK-wide with clients saying he “has the ability to link the FIDIC to the legal context of different countries.”
He has developed a particular expertise in the enforcement of DAB decisions having acted as sole counsel in arbitration proceedings concerning the same and having written various articles on this complex subject. Recently he contributed a chapter on the enforcement of DAB decisions to “Transnational Construction Arbitration, Key Themes In The Resolution Of Construction Disputes” edited by Professor Renato Nazzini. His article, “Mind the Gap: Analysis of cases and principles concerning the ability of ICC tribunals to enforce binding DAB decisions under the 1999 FIDIC Conditions of contract  Int ALR 145”, was cited favourably by Mr Justice Edwards-Stuart in Peterborough City Council v Enterprise Managed Services Limited  EWHC 3193 (TCC).
After reading law he was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1996 and practised as a barrister for just over 10 years, appearing in numerous cases in the courts and tribunals of England and Wales including the Court of Appeal. He was also appointed to one of the UK Government’s Treasury Counsel Panels. Taner has an MSc (Merit) in Construction Law and Arbitration from King’s College, London (in which he was awarded the Bickerdike Allen prize), and a diploma (Merit) in International Commercial Arbitration from Queen Mary College, London (achieving a distinction in his dissertation).
Taner joined Corbett & Co in 2007 and started lecturing for Cornerstone seminars in 2010. Taner is an accredited FIDIC trainer and has presented many FIDIC seminars in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South America on both FIDIC Contracts and FIDIC Claims. He also lectures on FIDIC for the King’s MSc course. Taner is a published author in International Construction and Arbitration Law and is an accredited TECBAR Adjudicator.
Joanne joined Corbett & Co in 2015 as a solicitor after moving back to the UK from Paris where she practised for six years. She has over 15 years’ experience of dispute resolution proceedings concerning civil engineering, building, power generation and infrastructure projects.
In recent years, Jo has concentrated on international commercial arbitration with a focus on disputes relating to international construction and infrastructure projects. She has acted as counsel and advocate in international arbitration proceedings under many of the major institutional rules as well as ad hoc arbitrations. She has particular experience conducting ICC and CRCICA arbitrations. Jo has been involved in arbitrations arising from projects in, and involving the law of, many different jurisdictions including in East and West Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia.
Jo obtained an LL.B. in Law with French from Birmingham University before moving to Brussels where she worked for two years in the European Commission. She completed an LL.M. and went on to train as a solicitor with Wragge & Co where she qualified into the construction team. She then joined Norton Rose in London where she worked on disputes arising from international and domestic civil engineering, building, power generation and infrastructure projects, and Reed Smith where she gained experience of coverage and defence work under professional indemnity insurance policies in the construction and engineering sectors. Jo moved to Paris in 2008 where she joined Salans (now Dentons) and then Hafez, a specialist international arbitration practice. Acting as counsel and advocate, Jo conducted arbitrations arising from international projects in the construction, infrastructure, energy, hotels and telecoms sectors. Jo’s focus on international arbitration continues at Corbett & Co.
Jo is a solicitor advocate and a member of the International Bar Association and Society of Construction Law. She is a French speaker.
Gabriel joined Corbett & Co in 2013 as a Foreign Qualified Lawyer. He has recently been involved in complex multi-million pound dispute adjudication board, arbitration and litigation proceedings concerning construction projects in Europe, Africa, South Asia and the UAE in FIDIC and other forms of contract.
Gabriel holds a Masters in Law (Merit) from University College London, a Juris Doctor (Cum Laude) from the University of Puerto Rico and two Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations (Cum Laude) from Boston University.
Before joining Corbett & Co, Gabriel worked for Linklaters LLP where he was involved in multi-million pound banking and financing projects. While there, he was also seconded to ABN AMRO Bank NV’s London Branch to advise on contractual matters. He also worked as legal counsel to a Spanish and British data management company advising on partnership contracts and a start-up merger.
Before moving to London, Gabriel developed his own legal practice in Puerto Rico. One of his clients was an agency of the Government of Puerto Rico whom he advised on legislative and governmental issues.
Gabriel is an attorney at law from the US jurisdiction of Puerto Rico who speaks native Spanish and fluent French.
Dominic, a solicitor who joined Corbett & Co as a consultant in February 2010, is listed in Chambers UK 2016 and The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom as a leading individual specialising in construction law, and has been involved in many high profile disputes such as the Heathrow Tunnel collapse and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
He left Cambridge University with a first class honours degree in History and, having worked as a staff writer on Management Today and Engineering Today, he returned to Cambridge to study law. Having trained and qualified as a solicitor with Linklaters & Paines, he moved to Lovell White & King in Hong Kong and then London. In 1996 he joined specialist construction law practice Shadbolt & Co as a partner in the Construction and Engineering Unit where he remained until February 2010.
He has conducted advocacy both in arbitration and DAB proceedings, and is a TeCSA accredited adjudicator and a CEDR and TeCSA trained mediator. He is Social Secretary of TeCSA (the Technology and Construction Solicitors Association) and Chairman of the Law Courts Branch of the Arbitration Club. He represented TeCSA on the Latham Working Party tasked with advising the Government on the review of the Construction Act and currently represents TeCSA on the Construction Umbrella Bodies Adjudication Task Group on the implementation of the changes to the primary and secondary legislation. He is a regular contributor to Building Magazine and contributes to Construction Law Journal of which he is a co-editor. He is a regular speaker at in-house and external courses and conferences.
George is a consultant at Corbett & Co.
He was born and educated in New Zealand and ran his own practice there as barrister and solicitor until 1984.
He then spent 6 years with the Hong Kong Government initially as a prosecutor and eventually specialized in construction law and arbitration, becoming head of the construction law division in the Department and then being appointed head of the special legal office established to support the new Chek Lap Kok airport project – at that time the largest airport project in the World. This was one of the first major projects outside the US to make use of dispute adjudication – a forerunner to today’s dispute review and advisory boards. He left the Government to become head of the construction department in the Hong Kong office of a leading City law firm.
In 1996 he came to the UK and joined Shadbolt & Co., a leading construction law firm where he remained until 2006. He established the firm’s Athens office and worked in Greece for 2 years.
In 2006 he joined Corbett & Co International Construction Lawyers as a consultant. In 2010 together with leading Greek construction law expert, Alexandros Exarchou, he formed the new firm of Exarchou & Rosenberg International Law Firm Ltd. He returned to Corbett & Co in September 2017.
His experience includes drafting and negotiating contracts for civil engineering and construction projects, acting as advocate in domestic, ICC, UNCITRAL, DIAC and EDF arbitration as well as litigation and ADR including DAB’s. He has acted for governments, developers, service providers, contractors and consultants in arbitration and adjudication. He has experience in PFI in the UK, Hong Kong and in Greece. He has been appointed as arbitrator in international disputes. George has acted for clients throughout Europe, in Africa, Central Asia the Middle East and the Far East.
George is listed in the Who’s who Legal top 100 International Construction Law Specialists. http://tinyurl.com/z2h4py4
Elizabeth is a solicitor who joined Corbett & Co in 2006 as a consultant. She has considerable experience in statutory adjudications arising from contracts under the HGCRA 1996 and was involved in some of the earliest and most significant High Court judgements on the enforcement of adjudications. After obtaining an LLB (Honours) in Law at Kings College, University of London, Elizabeth completed her training at Beale & Company and continued her career there for several years, becoming a Partner in 1992. While there she acted on behalf of construction professionals and their insurers. She then joined the legal group at Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd in 1995 and was responsible for the establishment of an in-house dispute resolution service for the company where her work predominantly involved disputes arising under the ICE 5th and 6th contracts and the NEC, as well as assistance to the in-house team drafting and negotiating contracts for the company. Elizabeth joined construction specialist Shadbolt & Co in 1999, becoming an Associate in 2006. While there she acted on behalf of clients in the UK, Europe and East Africa in domestic High Court litigation and UK and International arbitrations involving the ICE, JCT and FIDIC forms of contract. She is a member of the Society of Construction Law and since 2010 has been a member of the editorial panel of the IBA publication Construction Law International (‘CLInt’) for whom she regularly contributes articles and case updates.
Martin joined Corbett & Co in 2011 as a consultant. Although he is now retired and no longer on the Roll he still provides specialist non-contentious advice to Corbett & Co on an as-required basis.
After reading law at Oriel College, Oxford, he was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1976 and in Hong Kong in 1978. He returned to England in 1980 and joined Nabarro Nathanson, initially in their corporate team, but soon developing a specialist practice in the then new field of non-contentious construction law. He headed Nabarro’s Construction Department for 10 years from its formation until he left in 1997 to spend 7 years as a partner at Norton Rose, followed by a further 7 years as a full-time consultant at Herbert Smith.
Martin’s nearly 30 years’ experience as a non-contentious construction lawyer has included advising sponsors, developers, funders, contractors and suppliers on numerous energy (including oil, gas, nuclear and renewables), infrastructure, PFI and real estate development projects and related major equipment supply contracts. He is familiar with FIDIC and most other international standard forms of contract as well as the UK standard building contract forms.
He has been a CEDR Accredited Mediator and a regular speaker at the International Bar Association, and for over 10 years he was the UK correspondent for the International Construction Law Review.
Richard joined Corbett & Co in 2015 as a consultant.
Richard read Classics and Law at Peterhouse, Cambridge and was called to the Bar in 1976. After some 8 years in commercial/legal positions in shipping and with BP, he then started his career in the process engineering construction sector by working as in house counsel for MW Kellogg Limited and Davy McKee (London) Limited. He then joined Lurgi (UK) Limited in 1991 initially as its commercial manager and going on to become its head of legal and with responsibility also for procurement. Since 2002 he has worked on his own within Adams Legal Limited in the process engineering industry and on a worldwide basis.
He has over 30 years’ experience as a non contentious lawyer, including in-house legal and commercial experience. He has dealt with projects ranging from power generation, gas cleaning, incineration, water treatment, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, metals, sub-sea cables and wind farms to nuclear decommissioning and new build, based on a considerable variety of standard form and bespoke contracts. His expertise also extends to dealing with the collateral agreements and securities typically expected of contractors and key suppliers both within and outside PFI financed projects. He is a German speaker.
Chambers have described Tony Blackler as a “Senior Statesman of UK construction lawyers”. He is a former Solicitor (no longer on the Roll).
Experienced in both contentious and non-contentious work for the building and engineering sector, representing consultants, developer/owners and contractors.
Familiar with all domestic UK forms of contract, as well as those used internationally, particularly FIDIC and NEC, and has worked on PFI projects particularly in the health and education sectors.
Tony has had extensive involvement with management forms of contracting, acting for clients and firms pioneering construction management systems of procurement, and drafted bespoke documentation for CM systems.
He has also conducted substantial arbitrations and cases in the Technology and Construction Court and numerous adjudications and is an accredited mediator with experience of mediating substantial disputes.
Sara started her training contract at Corbett & Co in 2016 having joined the firm in 2015 as a legal intern. She has been involved in a number of international construction cases concerning railways, airports, and other major infrastructure projects.
She studied Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham before obtaining her GDL at BPP University. Sara completed her LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law at Queen Mary University of London with a merit and obtained a distinction on her dissertation titled the ‘Risk of Unforeseeable Physical Conditions in Construction Contracts’. She recently completed her legal practice course and MSc in Law, Business and Management before starting her training contract at Corbett & Co. She will be practising in the fields of international arbitration, litigation, construction and energy.
Sara is also a member of the Society of Construction Law.