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Michael Sergeant



Friary Court
65 Crutched Friars
London EC3N 2AE
United Kingdom

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Michael is a specialist construction lawyer with over 20 years' experience. He advises on contracts and procurement but his principal focus of work involves helping clients during the course of a project when claims arise and in dealing with formal disputes. 

He has advised in relation to a wide range of UK and international projects, including oil & gas, civil engineering, transport, renewable energy, offshore, office development and land remediation. In relation to such projects, he has acted for the full range of participants involved in the construction industry, including developers, energy companies, government organisations, contractors and consultants. His work has involved matters in all parts of the world, including Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, Africa and South East Asia. 

Michael has experience of acting in relation to a wide variety of claims, including delay, disruption, variations, defects and termination disputes; and in relation to the full range of forums for dispute resolution including mediation, adjudication, DABs, arbitration and litigation. He has acted for clients in relation to very complex and high value claims, including a number of disputes in excess of US$1 billion.

He worked previously in the highly ranked specialist construction practice at Winward Fearon/ Maxwell Winward, at which he was a partner from 2001. The construction team from that firm moved to Holman Fenwick Willan in April 2013.

Michael is the author of Construction Contract Variations, the only specialist book on the legal issues relating to changes to the scope of work on construction projects which has been described in reviews as "a master guide" (Doug Jones, International Construction law Review) and "an indispensable classic" (Simon Rainey QC, Law Society Gazette). He is involved in a number of industry and academic bodies. He teaches on the Stuttgart University Construction Law Masters course; is a member of the Consultation Board for the Thomson Reuters legal resources website Practical Law, and was on the panel of friendly reviewers for the FIDIC second edition suite. He also regularly speaks at industry conferences.

Michael is recommended by the independent directories that review the legal market. He is described as "technically skilled, extremely thorough and hard-working" (Chambers & Partners 2017),"outstanding, personable and well-informed" (Legal 500, 2015), "a great communicator" (Legal 500, 2016), "good at understanding complex issues and finding pragmatic solutions" (Legal 500, 2017), “a clear thinker who gives his honest assessment of the problem and the likely outcome" (Chambers & Partners, 2019). Michael is amongst a small group of lawyers recognised as experts in international construction arbitration (see current Chambers & Partners). 

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The London office is the firm's largest, with over 250 lawyers.

It offers the full range of services that HFW provides globally, with partners from the London office working closely with all the other HFW offices, as well as in many jurisdictions around the world. HFW moved to its current premises in September 2008, having previously been in nearby Lloyds Avenue for almost 100 years.

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