Jane is ranked as a leading junior for energy disputes (Legal 500) and construction (Chambers & Partners) and recognised in Who’s Who Legal: Construction. Jane acts as counsel in international arbitrations, dispute boards and litigation; she also accepts appointments as arbitrator and adjudicator. Jane works extensively internationally, and in particular in the Middle East, Africa, the Russian Federation and CIS, Latin America and Asia Pacific focusing on disputes arising in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors.
Legal 500 2016, Leading Junior (Energy)
‘Her excellent knowledge of the law and the sector inspires confidence’
Legal 500 2016, Leading Junior (Construction)
‘A superb lawyer and an excellent litigator’
Chambers & Partners 2017, Construction
‘A sophisticated advocate … "She has great industry experience."
Chambers Bar (2015), Leading Junior (Construction)
"She is incredibly hard-working and great with clients."
Jane returned to the Bar in 2014, having spent many years working for two of the world’s leading law firms, Shearman & Sterling LLP and, mostly recently, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, where she was counsel in the international arbitration practice.
In addition to her work as counsel, Jane acts as arbitrator on domestic and international arbitrations. She also advises clients on contracting strategy for major projects, assisting with contract drafting and negotiations, and has advised extensively in relation to the impact of international sanctions on energy and infrastructure projects.
In addition, Jane is an experienced forensic accountant and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Jane worked for some years in the expert witness group at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and is particularly skilled in the cross examination of expert witnesses, and addressing complex issues of quantum.
Jane is in demand as a speaker at international conferences and academic programmes. Jane has lectured at the Université de la Sorbonne (Abu Dhabi), NYU (New York) and Kings College, London and speaks each year at the Construction Summer School hosted at Cambridge University. She is the managing editor of Construction Law International, a quarterly publication for the IBA.
Please see the attached map here. Red indicates geographies where Jane has relevant experience.
Jane is regularly instructed in relation to oil and gas projects, both as counsel in international arbitrations and providing advice and assisting with the drafting and negotiation of project documentation.In recent years she has been involved in projects in the North Sea (UK), the Middle East, Indonesia, the CIS, China, Brazil, Canada and Africa. Example experience in this sector includes:
- Appointed as sole arbitrator in an arbitration concerning the supply of drilling equipment.
- Co-arbitrator in a Singaporean seated ICC arbitration concerning the development of a petrochemical facility in Vietnam.
- Instructed in an LCIA arbitration concerning development rights for oil and gas fields in northern Iraq.
- Being seconded to an oil major to provide assistance during and after a significant gas leak from an off shore platform.
- Instructed as counsel for a national oil company in an LCIA arbitration (London seat) concerning contractor claims following the upgrade of a significant gas facility in the UAE.
- Instructed as counsel by an international contractor regarding two potential ICC arbitrations concerning the supply of FEED for ammonia plants in India.
- Instructed as counsel by an international contractor concerning a potential arbitration and parallel litigation arising on termination of an MOU with a potential designer for a multibillion project in Kuwait.
- Advising an international contractor in relation to the EPC contract and associated guarantees for the delivery of a refinery in Syria. Assisting in negotiations with various banks regarding calls on guarantees and facility agreements and advising as to the impact of sanctions.
- Advising an international contractor as to the impact of Russian sanctions on its ability to participate in the €15 bn South Stream project.
- Providing a merits review of contractor claims, and assisting an oil major in negotiating a favourable settlement in relation to the EPC delivery of an LNG facility in Canada.
- Advising the owner re: a fire at an LNG facility in West Africa during final commissioning.
- Advising an international contractor in relation to claims arising on a tank farm project in Saudi Arabia.
- Advising an international contractor in relation to alleged defects on an international pipeline traversing the CIS.
- Advising an international contractor in relation to the potential call on an on-demand bank guarantee issued by the shipyard constructing a floating production facility.
- Advising a Middle Eastern national oil company on its contracting arrangements for an upcoming planned maintenance outage.
- Advising an international contractor regarding joint venture and consortium arrangements for use on EPC contracts in the Middle East and Asia.
- Assisting an international contractor in negotiating a contract for the supply of a derrick / pipe laying vessel with a Chinese shipyard, together with negotiation of guarantees with various banks in England and China.
- Advising an international oil company in relation to a significant works programme in association with the hand back of a transnational pipeline to the national oil company in the CIS.
- Advising the oil major participants in a CIS PSA in relation to cost recovery disputes and arbitration (Stockholm seat).
- Advising an international oil company in relation to the sale of its interest in an off shore gas field in the Far East.
- Advising contractors in relation to the development of the KUPE gas field, New Zealand.
Conventional power generation
Example conventional power project mandates include:
- Instructed as co-counsel by a Syrian contractor in an ICC arbitration in relation to a terminated power plant project in Saudi Arabia.
- Instructed as counsel in relation to disputes arising on a Jordanian wind farm project.
- Instructed as counsel by a Chilean power company in four consolidated Spanish-language ICC arbitrations in relation to the supply of a coal-fired power station in Chile (claims in excess of US$1 billion). In addition, Jane advised in relation to calls on performance bonds in multiple jurisdictions (Chile and Italy, in excess of US$100 million collected), and assisted in the negotiation of a settlement with the contractors and parent company guarantors.
- Instructed by a Brazilian power company, the purchaser of four coal-fired power plants in Brazil. Jane provided advice and assistance in relation to termination of the EPC contracts (Brazilian law), pre-arbitration advice (potential claims in excess of US$1 billion), calls on performance bonds (Portugal, Italy, Brazil and England), terms of settlement and implementing settlement arrangements.
- Instructed as counsel by a UK based power company in an LCIA arbitration concerning the termination of an electricity and gas supply agreement.
- Instructed as counsel by an international power plant supplier in Eastern Europe in an UNCITRAL arbitration (Vienna seat) in relation to the supply of a refurbished transformer to the local state power generator. Jane also advised in relation to the settlement of the dispute.
- Advised an international power company in relation to the London Array offshore wind farm (175 turbines, project value approximately £1.8 billion).
- Providing in-house training to an international investment bank’s project finance team in Paris (EPC contracting for different types of power generation project).
- Advising a contractor in relation to the development of a geothermal power plant in New Zealand.
- Advising a contractor in relation to claims arising in relation to the redevelopment of the Huntley power station in New Zealand.
Jane has significant experience of new-build nuclear projects, having advised owners, tier 1 and tier 2 contractors in relation to the following projects:
- Olkiluoto NPP (Finland). Representing the plant supplier in international arbitration (ICC, Stockholm seat, Finnish law) and advising in relation to contract and claims management, dispute board proceedings etc. Claims reported in excess of €3 billion.
- Visaginas NPP (Lithuania). Advising a construction company in relation to its participation as civil works designer / contractor and/or manager, and potential joint venture arrangements.
- Beznau and Műhleberg NPP replacement (Switzerland). Advising a Swiss power company, the prospective developer, in relation to the procurement of two NPP.
- Wylfa and Oldbury NPP (United Kingdom). Advising an international construction company in relation to its participation as civil works designer / contractor and/or manager and potential joint venture arrangements with European design companies.
- Hainau NPP (China). Advising the supplier of the I&C system, in relation to the supply contract.
Jane has acted in relation to a number of significant infrastructure projects, both as counsel in dispute boards and international arbitrations and providing advice and assisting with the drafting and negotiation of project documentation.Example experience includes:
International arbitrations and disputes
- Instructed in a domestic Middle Eastern arbitration concerning a concession agreement for a rail facility. Amounts in dispute c. £300 million.
- Instructed as co-counsel in an ICC arbitration concerning a significant infrastructure project in Qatar. Amounts in dispute c. US$200 million.
- Instructed as counsel in an international arbitration under the European Development Fund rules. The arbitration concerns the construction of a border post in West Africa. Amounts in dispute c. €35 million.
- Instructed as counsel in a number of international arbitrations, dispute board proceedings and enforcement procedures arising on public works projects in East Africa (including US Aid and World Bank funded projects). Instructed by the Attorney General and various government ministries and executive agencies. Contractor claims range from US$20 million to US$150 million.
- Representing a national broadcasting company in an ad hoc arbitration concerning a purported contract for the provision of infrastructure and programming for digital TV. Claims c. US$1.2 billion.
- Representing an international contractor in an ICC arbitration against a Middle Eastern government in relation to claims arising during the expansion and redevelopment of an international airport (Paris seat).
- Assisting in relation to an international arbitration concerning the construction of a water pipeline on Ascension Island.
- Representing the Ministry of Justice in litigation concerning the development of a new court building in New Zealand.
- Representing a contractor in litigation concerning the development of serviced apartments in Auckland.
- Representing a local authority in litigation concerning the development of a marina and associated facilities on the North Island, New Zealand.
Project advice and negotiations
- Negotiating the EPC contract and associated project documents on behalf of the Russian concessionaire for the award winning PPP project for the motorway toll road around the City of St Petersburg, under a €2.2 billion EPC contract (English and Russian law)
- Advising various international contractors in relation to issues arising during the Arab Spring uprisings in Libya, including advice re: international sanctions, force majeure, performance bonds, letters of credit, claims under the construction contracts, renegotiating contracts with the current government.
- Advising funders in relation to the development of a medical school and hospital in Malaysia.
- Advising in relation to the development of a campus for the University of Central Asia, Kyrgyz Republic.
- Advising a Russian state owned investor in relation to the development of a rail bridge across the Russian-Chinese border.
- Advising the Russian concessionaire for the St Petersburg / Moscow high speed toll road.
- Advising the Russian developer in relation to the construction and consultancy agreements for the refurbishment of a luxury hotel in Moscow.
- Advising the Russian concessionaire in relation to the development of the Pulkovo Airport, St Petersburg.
- Advising in relation to the development of facilities for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Jane has advised in relation to a number of significant projects in the mining sector, together with other natural resources projects.Example projects include:
- Advising in relation to settlement of a dispute concerning latent defects discovered at a paper mill in Chile.
- Advising the owner in relation to potential dispute arising on a paper mill project in Brazil.
- Advising Baikal Mining in relation to contracting strategy and project documentation for the exploitation of the Udokan copper deposit in Siberia and assisting in negotiations with an international services provider. The Udokan deposit is one of the largest known copper deposits in the world, with reported capex in excess of US$5 billion.
- Advising the Russian owner in relation to the purchase of the world’s largest HBI-3 plant for installation in the Russian Federation.
- Advising a mining major in relation to EPC aspects of a joint operating agreement for an extractives project in the Russian Federation.
- Advising in relation to the development of a gold mine in New Zealand.
- Advising in relation to disputes arising during the development of a nickel smelter in New Caledonia.
Legal 500 2016, Leading Junior (Energy)
‘Her excellent knowledge of the law and the sector inspires confidence.’
Legal 500 2016, Leading Junior (Construction)
‘A superb lawyer and an excellent litigator.’
Chambers Bar (2015), Leading Junior (Construction)
‘She is incredibly hard-working and great with clients.’
Legal 500 2015, Leading Junior (Energy)
‘Relentless in her efforts for her clients.’
Construction Summer School, Cambridge University (2014)
Chambers UK (2014)
‘Of counsel Jane Davies Evans is a qualified barrister who “has an in-depth knowledge on arbitration involving the construction industry,” according to clients. Her speciality is international construction projects and disputes, particularly in the energy and natural resources sector.’
Legal 500 (2014)
‘Energy and infrastructure counsel Jane Davies Evans [is] also recommended.’
Chambers UK (2013)
‘As a qualified barrister and chartered accountant, Jane Davies Evans brings a wealth of experience to the firm. She is particularly known for her work on complex construction disputes involving issues of delay and disruption.’
Legal 500 (2013)
‘Counsel Jane Davies Evans’ background in accountancy is ‘invaluable for forensic work on claims’.’
Chambers Global (2011)
‘Another skilful, promising character is Jane Davies-Evans whose clients applaud her for being “committed and reliable”. Much of her work involves energy, construction and engineering.’
- Middle Temple (Called to the Bar 2001)
- Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
- Fellow of the Dispute Board Federation (Geneva)
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- Society of Construction Law
- World Nuclear Association (Nuclear law working group)
- ICC EPC Contracting Taskforce (co-author of the ICC Subcontract for EPC Contracting)
- Oil & Gas UK (Legal Issues forum; dispute resolution working group)
- IBA (Arbitration; International Construction Projects committees)
- Managing Editor of Construction Law International (quarterly journal for the IBA International Construction Projects sub-committee)
- Contributor to Emden’s on Construction Law (arbitration)
- Member of faculty for the International Masters programme, School of Engineering, University of Stuttgart
Education, Training & Qualifications, Scholarships and Awards
- 1982-1989 Christ’s Hospital School (Almoner’s Nominee, numerous academic prizes)
- 1990-1995 University of Glasgow, LLB (Sc) Hons (Choral scholar, numerous academic prizes)
- 1998 Qualified as Chartered Accountant
- 2000-2001 Inns of Court School of Law (Very competent)
- Called to Bar 2001 Middle Temple (Diplock Scholar and Blackstone Exhibitioner)
- 2012 Admitted as Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
- 2013 Admitted as Fellow of the Dispute Board Federation
- 2013 Admitted as Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- English (native)
- Jane is often instructed on bilingual/non-English matters. Jane speaks and reads French (conversational), with limited Spanish and Russian.
- Jane is committed to pro bono work. Jane was pro bono counsel for the charity defendant in Rosenzweig v. NMC Recordings  PTSR 261,  WTLR 1027,  1 P & CR DG 17, and regularly assists international donor funded projects and with capacity building programmes in developing countries.
- Chilean Society of Construction Law (January 2017), Santiago. Concurrent delay
- Fenwick Elliott in-house seminar (December 2016), London. Nuclear new build construction: Managing risk and disputes
- Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Scotland (October 2016), Glasgow. Proving (and disproving) loss for cases involving complex quantum.
- Construction Law Summer School (September 2016), Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge: A practical guide to negotiating international construction contracts
- Construction Law Summer School (September 2016), Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge: Claims & Disputes: A practical guide
- Squire Patton Boggs in-house seminar (May 2016), UK. A practical guide to negotiating international construction contracts.
- Jenner & Block in-house seminar (March 2016), London. Proving (and disproving) loss in international arbitration.
- Fenwick Elliott in-house seminar (February 2016), London. FIDIC Update
- Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in-house seminar (February 2016), London. FIDIC Update
- University of Stuttgart, School of Engineering, Masters in International Construction Law (November 2015), Stuttgart. Damages and defects under the common law.
- Fladgate in-house seminar (November 2015), London. A practical guide to negotiating international construction contracts
- Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in-house seminar (November 2015), Dubai. FIDIC Update
- Addleshaw Goddard in-house seminar (November 2015), Dubai. FIDIC Update
- IBA (October 2015), Vienna: See, Spot, Run. A construction lawyer’s primer on the all-important ICC 2012 rules of arbitration (panellist)
- Construction Law International journal, Vol 10 Issue 3: International Contracting: When sanctions bite
- Construction Law Summer School (September 2015), Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge: A practical guide to negotiating international construction contracts
- Construction Law Summer School (September 2015), Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge: Claims & Disputes: A practical guide
- Construction Law: Contracts and Dispute Management 2015 (May 2015), London. Recent Cases, Lessons Learned
- World Nuclear Association New Build Licensing conference (April 2015), Prague. Managing the Licensing Risk in Construction Contracts.
- Webinar, ReutersThomson (January 2015). The challenges of decommissioning in the North Sea.
- Webinar, Lexis Nexis (November 2014). Latest developments in international construction projects.
- Construction Law Summer School (September 2014), Downing College, Cambridge: Claims & Disputes: A practical guide
- Construction Law Summer School (September 2014), Downing College, Cambridge: Current Trends in International Contracting
- Construction Law: Contracts and Dispute Management 2014 (May 2014), London: Contracting with a State
- Santiago Chamber of Commerce (April 2014), Santiago, Chile. Engineering and construction disputes in the power sector
- Barros, Letelier & Gonzalez in house seminar (April 2014), Santiago, Chile. Major Projects: Contracting and Disputes
- Contributor to International Construction Arbitration Law (2nd ed, 2014) (Kluwer, Jenkins)
- Construction Law Summer School (September 2013), Downing College, Cambridge: Claims & Disputes: How do they work in practice?
- Commercial Law Summer School (August 2013), Downing College, Cambridge: Commercial and Contract Dispute Resolution [with Adam Constable QC]
- International Dispute Resolution Institute workshop (August 2013), London: Negotiation skills; International sanctions regimes and international arbitration.
- Construction Law: Contracts and Dispute Management 2013 (May 2013), London: Economic sanctions and international construction projects; Project managing construction arbitrations on international projects.
- NYU International Arbitration Association Symposium (April 2013), New York: The challenges facing legal counsel in international construction arbitration.
- Kings College MSc Construction Law and Dispute Resolution (November 2013), London: International sanction regimes and international contracting; Investment treaty arbitrations
- Construction Law Summer School (September 2012), Downing College, Cambridge: Claims & Disputes: How do they work in practice?
- Construction Law (May 2012), London: Successfully Negotiating and Drafting Construction Contracts.
- FIDIC GAMA (May 2012), Livingstone: Engineering as a Driver of Sustainable Social and Economic Development (The Legal Perspective).
- Society of Petroleum Engineers workshop (October 2011), Abu Dhabi: Managing risk in complex project: a legal perspective.
- International Dispute Resolution Institute workshop (September 2011), London: Mediation.
- 8th International Workshop on Arbitration and ADR in Africa (June 2011), Johannesburg: An introduction to construction contracts and dispute resolution mechanisms; International contracting: contractual rights and obligations vs. mandatory rules.
- Sorbonne University Masters programme (February 2011), Abu Dhabi: Negotiation skills: construction contracts.
- FIDIC Middle East Contract Users’ Conferences 2011 (February 2011), Abu Dhabi: Advance Dispute Resolution Strategies in the Middle East; Developments and challenges in DAB Procedures.
- FIDIC International Contract Users’ Conferences 2010 (December 2010), London: FIDIC in the Middle East and Africa; FIDIC EPC/Turnkey contracts – Recent Experience.
- ICC Conference on the Efficiency of Complex Dispute Resolution Clauses in the Current Economic Climate (September 2010), Bucharest: Complex construction disputes in the current economic climate.
- 7th International Workshop on Arbitration and ADR in Africa (June 2010), Accra: Contractor claims in a changing economic climate.
- Construction Superconference (December 2009), San Francisco: Nuclear new-build.