The CIArb London Branch and the LMAA (London Maritime Arbitrators Association) invite you to join us for a hybrid evening learning about offshore wind farm disputes and about maritime, construction, and engineering issues which arise in them. The UK is a global power house for offshore wind with nearly 10GW of capacity. Following COP26, renewable energy is very much in focus. What are the disputes which arise in this sector and how are they resolved in arbitration? This year’s joint seminar will be held in person (followed by drinks) and also online. The panel will be moderated by Ben Giaretta, C.Arb, FCIArb, Chair of the CIArb London Branch.
David Steward, President of the LMAA, is an independent arbitrator and mediator. For over thirty years, he practised as a solicitor with an international firm in the City of London, where he was described in the independent Chambers & Partners Guide as “extremely highly regarded”. David ceased practising as a solicitor in April 2011 and since then has been wholly independent. He now sits as a sole arbitrator or as a member of a tribunal on a range of commercial disputes, with a particular focus on maritime cases, including shipbuilding, and offshore energy contracts.
Mary Anne Roff, Partner at Clyde & Co, handles complex EPC construction and engineering disputes in the UK and internationally, particularly in the energy, power and infrastructure sectors. Her extensive experience includes litigation, arbitration (international and domestic) and adjudication; expert determination; and alternative dispute resolution procedures such as early neutral evaluation and mediation. She is included in the global Acritas Stars database as a stand-out lawyer and in 2015 she won the construction law category at the European Women in Construction and Engineering awards
Krista Lee QC C.Arb, FCIArb, is a barrister at Keating Chambers and acts as both counsel and as arbitrator. She has been involved in several high-profile projects, including acting for: the contractor in the final account dispute relating to the design of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai; the MOD in a £100m dispute over the nuclear submarine berth in Faslane; the developer of the Durrat Al Bahrain artificial islands; the energy companies in claims concerning the engineering of the UK’s largest offshore wind farm; and the Olympic Delivery Authority. She is regularly appointed by the ICC as sole arbitrator and president.
R V Ahilan is Chief Energy Transition Officer at AqualisBraemar LOC Group. Ahilan is a well-known and highly respected technology and business leader with over three decades of industry experience, more than 25 years of which has been at board level, including leadership positions at LOC, DNV GL, GL Garrad Hassan and Noble Denton. Ahilan has also acted as global director of LOC Renewables, having established it as an umbrella brand to consolidate the group’s expertise and portfolio across the marine renewables’ landscape. Under his direction, LOC Renewables rapidly developed its project experience across offshore and floating wind, floating solar, wave and tidal energy.
There will be no charge to attend this event but please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. In-person attendance is restricted to CIArb and LMAA members and requests for registration must be made by noon on Tuesday 30 November. Doors open at 18:00 and Covid passes will be required. The drinks reception will be from 20:00 to 21:00. Remote attendance is open to all but requests for registration must be made by COB on Wednesday 1 December 2021