Sean advises project participants 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 and associated project documentation, and supporting clients in managing their risks throughout the project life cycle, which includes advising on tenders, joint ventures, interim claims 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, 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.
Oil & Gas / Power / Renewables – Selected Examples
- 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.
- Refinery & Petrochemical Complex Dispute – acting for an international subcontractor in an ICC arbitration regarding disputes with the main contractor arising from the construction of the steam cracker complex at a refinery and petrochemical complex in Malaysia. Seated in Singapore, Malaysian law governed.
- Refinery & Petrochemical Complex Dispute - acting for multi-national EPC consortium in a SIAC arbitration arising from the construction of a refinery and petrochemical complex in Vietnam. Seated in Singapore, English law governed. Involved a range of very high value delay related and other disputes with the developer.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Transport / Water / Other Infrastructure – Selected Examples
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.