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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Construction 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Paul Cowan is is "a very experienced and skilled construction lawyer" who builds a "strong relationship with his clients".


Paul Cowan has over 20 years of specialist experience in national and international construction practice, advising on many of the world’s largest and highest-profile projects, particularly in the international energy sector.

Over the last 10 years, Paul has led the advocacy in pleadings, written submissions, oral submissions and cross-examination of the key fact and expert witnesses in hearings before an ICC Tribunal concerning the design, construction and licensing of a new build nuclear power plant in Finland. This recently culminated in an arbitral award rejecting the liability and causation basis of the supplier’s €2.3 billion disruption claim, resulting in a successful settlement with the client receiving €500 million and securing the completion of the project.

Alongside this, in a major delay dispute relating to the construction of the Rolls Building of the High Court (home of the Technology and Construction Court itself), Paul successfully led the advocacy on behalf of a specialist sub-contractor to defeat the claims from a main contractor. The case also resulted establishing new principles on extensions of time in the TCC and Court of Appeal (Carillion v EMCOR).

Paul is regularly in court in respect of construction disputes, including in relation to cladding defects claims following the Grenfell tower fire. For example, in the first such claim to come before the TCC, Paul was counsel for the cladding contractor in Portsmouth CC v Prater, in which he was successful in applying for the entire £6 million claim to be dismissed.

Paul also regularly appears in respect of significant adjudications and related enforcement proceedings, including challenges made under CPR Part 8.

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended
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