Rebecca Williams



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Rebecca is a Partner and Co-Head of the London Dispute Resolution group.

She has extensive experience in all major forms of dispute resolution in the construction, engineering, process, petrochemical and energy sectors including litigation, arbitration (both international and domestic and under various rules, including ICC and LCIA), adjudication and mediation.

Rebecca has experience of all major standard forms of contract including FIDIC, GC/Works, NEC, JCT and numerous bespoke contracts, with a particular emphasis upon EPC forms of contract.

Rebecca’s experience also includes insurance litigation (general liability, product liability and professional indemnity), advocacy, contractual interpretation and statutory interpretation.

Rebecca has been recommended in the most recent editions of both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, where she is described as demonstrating “high quality client service”, “significant legal, technical and industry knowledge” and as being “a pleasure to work with”.

Experience Open

    Rebecca’s experience includes construction litigation and commercial litigation including High Court proceedings, international arbitration, adjudication and representation of utility companies such as Thames Water Utilities, insurance litigation (general liability, product liability, professional indemnity), advocacy, contractual interpretation, statutory interpretation, analysis and advice, including:
    • Advising UK solar farm owners in respect of disputes arising from the deficient performance of numerous UK solar farm assets and related calls on performance guarantees and warranty bonds.
    • Successfully acted for a High End Residential developer in relation to three multi-million pound adjudications relating to three prestige developments in Central London.
    • Acting for a Swiss EPC Contractor in connection with a dispute relating to liquidated damages and the construction of an EFW Plant in the UK.
    • Advising one of Europe’s largest renewable energy investment funds in connection with disputes relating to MSAs in relation to three Biomass Plants.
    • Advising Offshore Wind developments/owners in relation to disputes with Contractors and OFTOs in respect of six different UK Offshore Windfarms.
    • Acting for a Korean EPC Contractor in connection with a multi-million pound claim relating to the construction of a combined-cycle Power Plant in Ghana. Advising on indemnity under an EAR Policy and contractual disputes with the Power Plant owner and sub-contractors.
    • Advising an Austrian energy company in connection with extension of time claims and other disputes relating to the construction of a Biomass Plant in the North of England.
    • Acting for a developer in disputes with a main contractor in connection with a number of high-end residential developments in Central London.
    • Acting for a Danish Contractor in an LCIA arbitration in relation to the design and construction of UK offshore wind farm projects.
    • Acting on behalf of an Indian EPC contractor in a multi-million pound TCC proceedings in relation to disputes arising out of the design and construction of the world’s largest single stream LDPE Plant. Advising in relation to termination on grounds of a failure to proceed with due diligence and financial jeopardy and claims for additional cost and expense.
    • Acting for a Turkish State entity/EPC Contractor in three separate sets of ICC arbitration proceedings arising out of the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Crude Oil Pipeline Project in Turkey.
    • Drafting multiple claims submissions for an EPC Contractor including claims for extensions of time, variations and additional cost and expense in relation to an oil refinery project in India.
    • Acting for various main contractors and subcontractors in adjudications and TCC proceedings.
    • Acting for a multinational German EPC contractor in a series of a multi-million pound adjudications in relation to the construction of an energy-from-waste process plant in Kent, UK.
    • Acting for a major UK water utility company in a successful multi-million pound recovery action in the TCC against London Underground Ltd. The case involved highly technical and challenging civil engineering concepts and liability issues requiring advice in connection with the Water Industry Act 1991, the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and complex quantification issues.
    • Acting for a Romanian State entity in High Court Proceedings through to Appeal to resist the enforcement of an Arbitral Award. The case involved conflict of laws issues, complex res judicata, cause of action and issue estoppel issues, Statute of Limitation defences and also required advice in relation to the enforcement of the Arbitration Award pursuant to the New York Convention 1958.
    • Acting for an American Corporation specialising in the design, manufacture and installation of avionics training devices including flight simulators, integrated avionics maintenance trainers and centrifuges in connection with a multi-million pound ad-hoc International Arbitration.
    • Acting for a major UK water utility company in connection with a multi-million pound High Court proceedings brought against it by a publishing company to recover losses arising out of damage to its photographic archive due to a mains failure. The case concerned the correct of measure of damages, recovery of management time and complex quantification issues.
    • Acting for a major UK water utility company in a multi-million pound TCC proceedings brought against it by a major UK university in connection with a catastrophic mains failure.
    • Senior solicitor assisting on the Estate of Francis Bacon v Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd & Marlborough International Fine Art Establishment until settlement.

Education Open

  • March 2003: Admitted as a solicitor of England and Wales after completing QLTT
  • July 1997: Admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia
  • 1997: College of Law
  • 1990 – 1995: Australian National University, Canberra: BA (Political Science), LLB
  • 1995: Indiana University ANU Exchange Programme: Awarded scholarship to study at Indiana University, Awarded Certificate of High Scholastic Achievement, Indiana University
  • 1984 to 1989: PLC, Sydney

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Building Magazine
  • Construction Industry Law Letter
  • Re News
  • Power Magazine

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Technology and Construction Solicitors’ Association (TeCSA)
  • Society of Construction Law (SCL)
  • National Association for Women in Construction
  • Australian Women in Business

Employment Record Open

  • 2015 – present: Watson Farley & Williams, Partner
  • 2008 – 2015: Fenwick Elliott, London, Senior Associate, Construction Litigation
  • 2002 – 2007: Lane & Partners, London (merged with Bird & Bird), Associate Solicitor, Construction Litigation
  • 2001 – 2002: Harbottle & Lewis, London, Solicitor, Commercial Litigation
  • 1997 – 2001: Riley Gray-Spencer, Sydney, Australia, Solicitor

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