Key Experience

  • Represents clients in a range of high-value, highly technical, international construction and engineering disputes and arbitrations.
  • Fulbright Scholar.
  • Awarded the Parkman Medal by the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2008 and 2014.
  • Adjunct Professor - University College Dublin (UCD) Sutherland School of Law


Hamish Lal is ranked Band 1 in both Construction and International Construction Arbitration in Chambers & Partners UK, and in the top-tier in the UK Legal 500 and acts under many applicable laws (common law and civil codes) including:

  • United Arab Emirates (UAE) Law
  • Law of Iraq
  • Law of Nigeria
  • Qatar Civil Code
  • Law of Denmark
  • English Law.

Representative Work

  • Acted for a sovereign developer defending a series of FIDIC Red Book 87 delay and disruption disputes on the $2 billion Barwa City Project, Doha, Qatar.
  • Represented an independent oil company in respect of contractor claims for vessel-standby, variations and local content changes on a subsea gas pipelines project in Nigeria.
  • Advised the employer on the world’s largest offshore wind farm project on delays, design codes, variations and non-conformance reports issued for transverse and longitudinal weld defects.
  • Advised a contractor on ”open” non-conformance reports (NCRs) relating to a $1.4 billion project procured under the FIDIC Yellow Book where the contractor found significantly more work than in the NCRs raising issues of variations, acts of prevention and deliberate concealment.
  • Represented an independent oil company on a drilling contract in Iraq where there was a delta between the actual drilling and completion operations and the contractual regime concerning mobilization, completion, hand-over and liquidated damages for well clusters.


Public Service and Affiliations