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Sean Hardy

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Sean Hardy

Sean Hardy

Partner

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Sean Hardy

Sean Hardy

Partner

Sean advises on energy and infrastructure projects, with a focus on supporting project delivery and resolving disputes by international arbitration. He is ranked as a Next Generation Partner in Singapore for Construction (Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide, 2021) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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Recognised as a next generation partner in Singapore.

Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Construction, 2021

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Profile & Experience

Sean advises on energy and infrastructure projects, with a focus on supporting project delivery and resolving disputes by international arbitration. He is ranked as a Next Generation Partner in Singapore for Construction (Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide, 2021) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Regions covered

Recognised as a next generation partner in Singapore.

Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Construction, 2021

Full Profile

Sean advises project participants, including owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors and consultants, on the resolution of disputes in the energy and infrastructure sectors, with a focus on international arbitration. He has represented clients in proceedings under many of the leading institutional rules, including the SIAC, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL (ad hoc) and BANI rules. He also has considerable experience of resolving disputes by litigation, adjudication and mediation, and of advising insurers and insureds on construction related professional indemnity matters.

Sean’s role also frequently involves the preparation of construction contracts (including EPC and D&B) and associated project documentation, and working with clients to manage their risks throughout the project life cycle (including in respect of tenders, joint ventures, interim claims, final accounts and claims under insurance or security).

Sean has been based in Singapore since 2013 and has advised on major projects across the Asia Pacific region and beyond, including production wells, pipelines, offshore platforms, LNG terminals, refineries, power plants (including coal-fired, solar and geothermal), water treatment plants, tunnels, railways, roads, airports, ports, sports stadia and building projects.

Sean has also benefitted from secondments to contractor and insurer clients in Singapore and the UK, and is commercially minded as a result. He helps clients to save time and cost by avoiding formal disputes if possible and by resolving disputes that do arise efficiently, including by reaching early commercial resolutions and using expedited procedures.

Experience

Oil and Gas / Power – Selected Examples

  • Geothermal Power Plant Project Advisory – advising Japanese contractor on project delivery, including in connection with a complex consortium agreement, following a landslide during the construction of a geothermal power plant in Indonesia.
  • Oil Pipeline Dispute - acting for insurers and Australian contractor insured in a SIAC arbitration (expedited procedure) pursuing subrogated claims against an international oil and gas operator. Involved complex technical issues regarding the allegedly negligent decommissioning of a subsea oil pipeline in Singapore.
  • Gas Pipeline Dispute - acting for Korean contractor in an LCIA arbitration, seated in London and governed by Kuwaiti law, in connection with a gas oil pipeline project in Kuwait. This substantial dispute concerned complex contractual issues regarding the valuation of works under a bespoke re-measurement contract.
  • Solar Power Plant Project Advisory – advising Bangladeshi developer on project delivery, including in connection with interim entitlements, the termination of a contractor, and claims under security.
  • Refinery and Petrochemical Complex Dispute - acting for multi-national EPC consortium in a SIAC arbitration arising from the construction of a major refinery and petrochemical complex in Vietnam. Seated in Singapore, English law governed. Involved a range of very high value delay related and other disputes.
  • Oil Field Facilities Dispute - acting for an oil major in a BANI arbitration, seated in Jakarta and subject to Indonesian law, arising from disputes with a consortium of contractors who constructed on-shore production facilities in Indonesia.
  • LNG Dispute – acting for US contractor in an ICC arbitration concerning defective works and delay at an LNG regasification terminal project in South Wales.
  • Coal Fired Power Plant Dispute - acting for Indian contractor in a SIAC arbitration concerning payment disputes and delay at a coal fired power plant project in Indonesia. Seated in Singapore, complex jurisdictional issues arose in connection with contracts governed by Singapore and Indonesian law and the insolvency of one of the co-respondents.
  • Steel Supply Dispute - acting for US contractor in a SIAC arbitration concerning defective works and delays by its steel supplier on a coal fired power plant project in Indonesia.

Transport, Water and Built Environment – Selected Examples

  • Water Treatment Plant Project Advisory – advising Singapore contractor during the construction of a major waterworks facility in Singapore, including in connection with tender, interim entitlement and final account stages.  
  • Residential and Mixed-use Development Project Advisory - advising German specialist elevator supplier during project delivery on residential and mixed-use projects in Singapore, including in respect of interim claims and the resolution of disputes by adjudication and mediation.
  • Railway Dispute – acting for a Hong Kong contractor an ad-hoc arbitration pursuant to the UNCITRAL rules. Seated in Singapore, Thai law governed. The dispute concerned complex jurisdictional and payment disputes under a joint venture agreement in connection with a railway project in Thailand.
  • Tunnelling Dispute - acting for a contractor joint venture in a SIAC arbitration arising from the design and performance of tunnel boring machines deployed in the construction of train line tunnels in Singapore. Seated in Singapore and governed by Singapore law. Bond calls were defended successfully pursuant to SIAC's Emergency Arbitrator mechanism and substantial security for costs was also obtained successfully.
  • Shopping Mall Project Advisory – advising contractor on contract preparation, interim claims for additional time and money, and M&E design and construction issues at a shopping mall project in Singapore.
  • Water Supply Project Advisory – advising Korean contractor on risk arising from a joint venture agreement to design and construct a water supply project in Sri Lanka.
  • Water Utilities Dispute – acting for utilities contractor in an LCIA arbitration and mediation relating to disputes under a Framework Agreement with the services provider.
  • Sports Stadium Dispute – acting for insurers and contractor insured in litigation and mediation relating to the defective design disputes at Wembley Stadium, UK.
  • Ground Improvement Dispute – acting for insurers and consulting engineers in litigation and mediation relating to defective ground improvement and foundation works at a depot.
Sectors

Sectors

  • Infrastructure

Services

Services

  • Construction Disputes

  • Projects & Construction

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