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Fiona Sinclair QC

International Arbitration

As Counsel, Fiona has extensive experience of international as well as domestic arbitration, particularly in the fields of:

  • construction and engineering
  • insurance and reinsurance
  • commercial disputes

Recent and current examples of Fiona’s work in this area include:

  • Advising international investors on arbitration in SE Asia arising out of a major civil engineering programme
  • Advising an EPC contractor in a dispute arising out of the development of a water-treatment facility in the UK
  • Acting for professional indemnity insurers in a high-value dispute with other insurers as to the correct allocation of multiple professional negligence claims against solicitors arising out of buy-to-let development fraud
  • Acting for a US main contractor in a dispute arising out of the construction of a Caribbean town on FIDIC (4th edn) terms.
  • Acting for the main contractor in a dispute concerning the collapse of concrete sewage tanks constructed using pre-tensioned steel cables
  • Acting for surveyors in an arbitration concerning high value investment properties in Berlin
  • Acting for a metro-train manufacturer in an £11 million international conciliation and arbitration relating to the upgrading of the London Underground. The dispute involved unusually high levels of legal and technical complexity; cutting-edge scientific developments occurred in its investigation and presentation
  • Acting for insurers in a dispute concerning the correct allocation of claims against accountants and tax consultants arising out of investment in Enterprise Zones
  • Acting on a sub-contractor’s claim for payment under contracts for the construction of a bioethanol power plant
  • Acting on a contractor's payment claim in relation to the refurbishment of a well-known London hotel
  • Acting for a multi-disciplinary construction professional firm on claim arising from overspend on a construction project.

Fiona accepts instructions as an arbitrator, particularly in arbitrations concerning professional indemnity insurance. Her clerk, Alex Dolby, will be pleased to supply a copy of Fiona’s terms of appointment.