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Construction Law Summer School
Monday 12 - Friday 16 September 2022
Downing CollegeCambridge, UK

Adrian Hughes, QC
Barrister and International Arbitrator at 39 Essex Chambers


Adrian Hughes QC is a barrister and arbitrator practising construction and commercial law from 39 Essex Street chambers in London, with offices in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

His international arbitration work often involves energy and infrastructure projects in North Africa, the Middle East and all parts of Asia. Recent international construction arbitrations as counsel have involved a power plant in Saudi Arabia (ICC London), a desalination plant in Algeria (SIAC), a mining project in Indonesia (SIAC), a highways dispute in Hong Kong (HKIAC) and a Chinese shipbuilding case (LCIA). Domestically, he focuses on PFI, PPP and NEC related disputes, in particular in the road, rail, education, health and defence sectors.    


He sits regularly as arbitrator in international cases and is currently appointed as Chair or Co-Arbitrator in construction and commercial arbitrations under ICC, LCIA, SCC, SIAC, HKIAC and AIAC rules. He is an expert adviser to the UK Foreign Office on cooperation between the UK and China on dispute resolution. He also sits as Mediator, Adjudicator and on Dispute Boards for international construction and infrastructure projects; he is currently assisting with a new initiative to encourage the use of dispute boards on infrastructure projects in Singapore.      


Adrian is a past Chairman of the UK Society of Construction Law and regularly chairs a day at the Construction Law Summer School.      

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Agenda Sessions

  • Chair's Opening Remarks

  • International Construction Law and Practice

  • Chair's Closing Remarks and End of Day Three