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When and why do lawyers get called in on an offshore project? What will they be looking for and what does dispute resolution actually involve? Do lawyers in fact have two heads and a poor grasp of the real world? If you are a member of the project team then can you/should you hide your files in a drawer at their first approach and run for the hills? How much of your electronic correspondence will be pulled out and reviewed? Will you be called as a witness and if so what does that involve? What can you do to make the process less painful and increase your company's chances of success? Have you ever considered working as an expert witness – if so what do you need to get started and what makes a good one?
Clare Kempkens is a partner at the firm's London office where she is a member of the oil, gas and resources practice group. Clare focuses her practice on energy work and deals with a range of associated maritime and insurance matters. She advises a wide range of contractor clients on both contentious and non-contentious issues connected with offshore operations around the world. On a day to day basis she advises on drilling contracts, supply and services contracts, EPC contracts, MOUs and associated insurance cover.
Clare has been involved in a number of large disputes with a heavy technical content including claims concerning the design, engineering and construction of a variety of offshore units together with a series of off and onshore drilling and engineering issues.
Described as 'one of the best construction lawyers and silks of his generation,' (Chambers and Partners, 2018), Adam specialises in onshore and offshore construction, engineering, energy, shipbuilding and technology disputes along with professional negligence and insurance claims related to these sectors. His client base is both domestic and international, and he has extensive experience appearing in the UK Courts (TCC, Commercial Court and Court of Appeal), and representing multi-national clients in front of Tribunals constituted under numerous international arbitral rules, including ICC, LCIA, SIAC, DIAC, NAI, UNCITRAL, SCC and LMAA. Industry commentary notes Adam's reputation for his mastery of complex factual and technical detail, devastating advocacy with a client-friendly approach.
Rare amongst those from a specialist set, Adam is currently recommended by the Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 directories across five categories: construction, energy, international arbitration, professional negligence and shipping. He is also recommended by Who's Who Legal as a Future Leader in Arbitration. Before taking silk, Adam was awarded the accolade of Construction Junior of the Year in both 2007 and 2010, by the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards, having been nominated on four separate occasions.
Adam was nominated for the Legal 500 International Arbitration Silk of the Year 2017; Construction & Energy Silk of the Year in 2017 and 2018 and Chambers & Partners 2016 Construction Silk of the year. Adam was named in 2017 and 2018 by Who's Who as a 'Future Leader' in Arbitration, recognizing outstanding arbitrators and counsel under 45.
Adam regularly advises clients on all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution and has represented clients in mediations, early neutral evaluations and expert determinations. He is regularly appointed as adjudicator, arbitrator and has acted as an independent expert.
Adam is the General Editor of the new title, Keating on Offshore Construction and Marine Engineering (published September 2015). In addition, he is a co-editor of Keating on JCT Contracts, a contributor to Keating on Construction Contracts, a co-editor of Keating of NEC, a consultant editor of Construction Law Reports and contributing author to Oil & Gas: Contracts and Principles.
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