Louise Elmes


Louise has over 16 years' experience of contentious construction, construction-relates professional negligence and contentious maritime law.

Louise advises clients in respect of a variety of construction, engineering, energy and shipbuilding projects both domestically and internationally across the construction, real estate, energy, hospitality, transport and infrastructure and maritime sectors. Her clients include developers, funders, asset managers, occupiers, very high-net-worth individuals, public entities and tier 1 contractors. She has acted on disputes in relation to bridges, car parks, commercial buildings, electricity sub-stations, energy from waste plants, LNG plants, mines, highways, hotels, prisons, process facilities, railways, residential developments, sewage works, tunnels, wind farms, water attenuation facilities, water treatment facilities, cargo ships, drilling rigs, LNG carriers, passenger ferries and superyachts.

Louise is experienced in various forms of dispute resolution, including litigation, international and domestic arbitration, adjudication, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution procedures. She advises on UK domestic forms of construction contract (including NEC and JCT), FIDIC, SAJ, AWES, BIMCO and bespoke contracts in various jurisdictions, including England and Wales, Angola, the Caribbean, China, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.

Louise has written articles for Building, Construction Law, the New Law Journal, Lloyd’s List, Superyacht and law firm websites and give seminars and lectures to clients and industry professionals.

She read law at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge and Construction Law and Dispute Resolution at King's College London and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the Society of Construction Law, TecBar, the Cambridge University Land Society and King’s College Construction Law Association.

She is a "brilliant lawyer, particularly noted for her outstanding technical ability, tactical acumen, calm approach and judgement beyond her years" and "gets absolute gold from clients".

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