Year of call: 2001
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Jane is ranked for energy disputes, construction and international arbitration (Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners) and recognised in Who’s Who Legal: Construction.  Jane acts as lead or co-counsel in international arbitrations and dispute boards, and counsel in arbitration related litigation. Jane’s practice focuses on disputes arising in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors in the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, the Russian Federation and CIS and Latin America, with particular expertise in arbitrations concerning complex major and mega projects.  

Legal 500

‘Devastatingly good for complex cases’

‘Relentless in her efforts for her clients.’

‘A superb lawyer and an excellent litigator’

 ‘She marries vast legal knowledge with an in-depth understanding of each case’

 ‘Her excellent knowledge of the law and the sector inspires confidence’

Shortlisted: Construction and Energy Junior of the Year 2018

Chambers & Partners

‘A sophisticated advocate’

 ‘Very good in cross-examination. She has a lovely demeanour and handles difficult issues with aplomb’

‘She's hard-working and has got a deep knowledge of construction law in particular.’

‘She dealt with a complicated case in a very efficient and economical way.’

‘“She has great industry experience”.’ 

‘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.  Jane is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and is particularly skilled in addressing complex financial issues.  Jane was managing editor of the IBA journal Construction Law International from 2016 to 2018, and is vice co-chair of the IBA International Construction Projects DR subcommittee.  Jane will be chairing GAR Live Construction during the Paris Arbitration Week in April 2018.

Arbitrator/Dispute Board Experience

Jane also accepts appointments as an arbitrator and dispute board member. She was the first appointee of the Scottish Arbitration Centre.  Example appointments include: sole arbitrator in an international arbitration concerning the supply of drilling equipment, co-arbitrator in an ICC arbitration concerning a petrochemical facility in Asia, co-arbitrator in a multi-million dollar LCIA arbitration concerning oil and gas services in Kuwait and president in an ICC arbitration concerning an international loan agreement.  Jane is a panel arbitrator for the LCIA and the Kuala Lumpur Arbitration Centre and a member of the Society of Construction Arbitrators.  She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Dispute Board Federation.


Please see the attached map here. Red indicates geographies where Jane has relevant experience.

Oil & Gas

Jane is regularly instructed in relation to oil and gas projects, both as counsel and arbitrator in international arbitrations and to provide advice and assistance in the drafting and negotiation of project documentation.  Example experience in this sector includes:

  • Appointed as sole arbitrator in an arbitration concerning the supply of drilling equipment in Europe.
  • Advising in relation to a dispute concerning a biomass plant in England.
  • Co-arbitrator in a Singaporean seated ICC arbitration concerning the development of a petrochemical facility in Vietnam.
  • Co-arbitrator in a London seated LCIA arbitration concerning oil and gas services in Kuwait.
  • Instructed in an LCIA arbitration concerning development rights for oil and gas fields in northern Iraq.
  • Instructed in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning a CIS PSA in relation to cost recovery disputes and arbitration (Stockholm seat).
  • 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 an international contractor regarding the terms of an EPC contract and related guarantees re: the delivery of an oil and gas facility in Brunei.
  • 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 in 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 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.

Power Generation and Transmission 

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 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-ICC 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 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 as counsel for a section 68 challenge in the English High Court relating to ICC Awards concerning the termination of contracts to construct a power plant in Kabul, Afghanistan including appeal.
  • Instructed as counsel in an ICC arbitration concerning a Jordanian wind farm project.
  • 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.
  • Advised a US Aid funded initiative on contracting strategy for transmission lines in East Africa (pro bono).

Nuclear new-build

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 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 pulp mill in Chile.
  • Advising the owner in relation to potential dispute arising on a pulp 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.

Jane is regularly instructed in relation to 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

  • Advising in relation to a potential ICC arbitration arising on a hospital project in West Africa.
  • Instructed in a domestic Middle Eastern arbitration concerning a concession agreement for a rail facility. 
  • Instructed as counsel in an ICC arbitration concerning a significant infrastructure project in Qatar. 
  • 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.
  • Instructed as lead counsel in three consolidated UNCITRAL arbitrations concerning the termination of public works contracts in Tanzania. Instructed directly by the executive agency.
  • Instructed as lead counsel in dispute board proceedings arising on public works projects in Tanzania (Millennium Challenge funded projects).  Instructed by the relevant delivery authority.
  • Instructed as counsel in an ICC arbitration concerning the termination of a highway project in Tanzania; advising the Attorney General and various government ministries and executive agencies in relation to enforcement.
  • Instructed as counsel in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning the termination of a highways project in East Africa.
  • Instructed as counsel in an SCC arbitration concerning a roads project in East Africa.
  • 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).
  • Advising a third party funder in relation to investment decisions re: infrastructure disputes.
  • Assisting in relation to an ICC 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 is committed to pro bono work.  Jane was pro bono counsel for the charity defendant in Rosenzweig v. NMC Recordings [2014] PTSR 261, [2014] WTLR 1027, [2014] 1 P & CR DG 17, and regularly assists international donor funded projects and with capacity building programmes in developing countries.

Legal 500 2017

‘Devastatingly good for complex cases.’

‘She marries vast legal knowledge with an in-depth understanding of each case.’

Chambers Bar 2018

‘Very good in cross-examination. She has a lovely demeanour and handles difficult issues with aplomb.’

‘She's hard-working and has got a deep knowledge of construction law in particular.’

‘She dealt with a complicated case in a very efficient and economical way.’

Legal 500 2016

‘A superb lawyer and an excellent litigator.’

‘Her excellent knowledge of the law and the sector inspires confidence.’

Chambers Bar 2017

‘A sophisticated advocate’

'She has great industry experience.’ 

Chambers Bar 2016

‘She is incredibly hard-working and great with clients.’

Legal 500 2015

‘Relentless in her efforts for her clients.’

Construction Summer School, Cambridge University, 2014

‘Simply spectacular.’

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 [Freshfields]. 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.’

Professional Memberships

  • Vice-Co chair of the Dispute Resolution subcommittee
  • International Construction Projects
  • IBA 
  • 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 Arbitrators
  • Society of Construction Law (UK and Singapore)
  • 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 and Oil and Gas committees)
  • Managing Editor of Construction Law International (quarterly journal for the IBA International Construction Projects sub-committee) (2016-2018)
  • Member of faculty for the International Masters programme, School of Engineering, University of Stuttgart
  • ArbitralWomen

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.

Petrofac In-house seminar (January 2018), Aberdeen. Bonds and guarantees; Design risk.

Shimizu Construction In-house seminar (December 2017), Singapore.  The FIDIC 2017 forms of contract.

Rajah & Tann In-house seminar (December 2017), Singapore.  The FIDIC 2017 forms of contract.

WongPartnership LLP In-house seminar (December 2017), Singapore.  The FIDIC 2017 forms of contract.

CARDS International Arbitration conference (December 2017), Singapore.  The use of experts in international arbitration.

The FIDIC 2017 forms of contract (December 2017), Singapore. Presentation to SCL Singapore.

Clifford Chance In-house seminar (December 2017), Singapore.  The FIDIC 2017 forms of contract.

The FIDIC 2017 forms of contract (December 2017), Kuala Lumpur. Presentation to SCL Malaysia.

Skrine In-house seminar (December 2017), Kuala Lumpur.  The FIDIC 2017 forms of contract.

FIDIC International Contract Users Conference (December 2017), London. Panellist: Arbitration and ADR.

ICC YAF Conference (November 2017), Dubai.  Key note speaker.

GAR Live (November 2017), Dubai.  Panellist: Projects in peril.

ArbitralWomen (November 2017), Dubai.  Co-host.

Derecho de Construcción: Análisis dogmático y práctico (November 2017).  Author Chapter on concurrent delay. 

University of Stuttgart, School of Engineering, Masters in International Construction Law (November 2017), Stuttgart.  Damages and defects under the common law.

Allen & Overy In-house seminar (October 2017), London.  Sanctions and embargoes: impact on contracts and arbitration.

IBA (October 2017), Sydney:  David & Goliath: David and Goliath: Contracting with powerful entities which refuse to negotiate terms and/or impose subcontractors/suppliers: can anything be done? (panellist)

Construction Law Summer School (September 2017), Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge: A practical guide to negotiating international construction contracts.

Construction Law Summer School (September 2017), Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge: International construction arbitration: A practical guide.

GAR Guide to Construction Arbitration (September 2017). Co-author Chapter on Bonds & Guarantees; author Chapter on Construction Arbitrations in the Nuclear Sector.

University of Stuttgart, School of Engineering, Masters in International Construction Law (July 2017), Stuttgart.  Damages and defects under the common law.

ICC Asia Arbitration Annual Conference (June 2017), Singapore.  Chair: Comparative Analysis of Developments in International Arbitration in Asia.

Shimizu Construction In-house seminar (June 2017), Singapore.  FIDIC Update.

Qatar & Middle East Arbitration Summit (June 2017), Qatar.  Current developments in international arbitration.

Multi-Tier Dispute Resolution Conference (March 2017), Edinburgh University.  Chaired sessions on mediation and enforcement of multi-tier dispute resolution clauses.

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.