Chidi Egbochue

Partner

Sectors:

Specialisations:

Construction Procurement Strategy, Adjudication, Arbitration, Construction Litigation, Contractual Advice, Contract Formation, Delay & Disruption
Summary

Chidi is a non-contentious construction law specialist, although he is also very experienced in disputes work. He has over 12 years’ experience of providing primarily non-contentious advice on major construction projects across several sectors, including rail, airport and other infrastructure, energy, oil and gas, and office, residential and mixed use developments, both domestically and internationally. He gained much of this experience at a large worldwide law firm and a magic circle law firm. Prior to which, he worked as a disputes lawyer at a niche construction law practice for 4 years.

Chidi also has a Master of Laws in International Business Law (including International Commercial Arbitration, Company Law and EU law).

He has extensive experience and knowledge of construction procurement and contracts, including the JCT, NEC, FIDIC, LOGIC, IChemE and MF/1 forms. He has also drafted and negotiated numerous bespoke construction contracts for high speed rail, power (including solar, onshore wind, offshore wind and biomass), infrastructure and oil and gas projects, and drafted template energy and oil and gas contracts.

Chidi is the author of “Reviewing ‘knock for knock’ indemnities following the Macondo Well blowout”, which was published by Construction Law International in January 2013. He has also presented seminars to EDF, BP and HS2, amongst others, on construction law topics. He continues regularly to give presentations, and to provide training to clients, as well as to write articles

Chidi has also acted on numerous disputes, including many adjudications, mediations, settlement agreements, claims under the Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Claims, Court proceedings, arbitrations and professional negligence claims. He acted in the seminal case of Mears Ltd v Costplan Services (South East) Ltd & Ors [2019] EWCA Civ 502, where “Practical Completion” was considered by the Court of Appeal for the first time in 50 years.

Prior to qualifying as a lawyer, Chidi was a Chartered Quantity Surveyor. He worked for LUL as a lead procurement agent on the Section 12 project (which required the phased installation of fire separation, protection and alarm systems in all underground stations following the Kings Cross fire). He was also based in South East Asia for 9 years, working for the Hong Kong Airport Authority on the new Hong Kong International Airport project and for the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation on the Taiwan High Speed Rail project, both on the procurement and contract administration side.

Highlights:

  • High Speed Two (HS2) Limited on the UK’s new high speed rail network project, including advising on advising on the pre-qualification, tendering and procurement arrangements, commercial principles and drafting for the early works, main works civils and South Stations construction partner contracts, and advising on the stations design services contracts
  • Intergen on a 300 MW OCGT (Open Cycle Gas Turbine) project at Spalding, Lincolnshire, England, including advising on the turbine supply contract, the erection and commissioning services contract, the parts and services agreement, balance of plant contract, the gas interconnection contract and the electrical interconnection contract
  • Woodside in relation to proposed drilling campaigns in three separate international jurisdictions, and on drafting template contracts for seismic acquisition, major services, marine, rig services, rig, aviation, fabrication/materials and goods and services
  • TFL on the Northern Line Extension (NLE) Project, including drafting and negotiating the land and works agreement and other associated agreements in relation to the Battersea Power Station Site redevelopment, and advising on passing down TfL’s commitments under those agreements to the NLE construction contract
  • London Legacy Development Corporation on various contractual issues arising out of  a series of contracts relating to the Olympic Stadium and on a settlement agreement with regard to the same
  • EDF on its new nuclear development programme in the UK, including advising on the EPC, civil engineering and nuclear reactor contracts and a template equipment supply and installation contract
  • Laing O’Rourke (as in-house Counsel, on secondment) on various contentious and non-contentious construction related matters
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