Jennie Wild

Call: 2013

Email: jwild@keatingchambers.com

Tel: +44 (0)20 7544 2600

Practice Overview

Jennie is ranked as a leading junior in the Legal 500:

  1. Construction: ‘Senior beyond her years …’ ‘She gives excellent, clear, commercial advice. She is a master tactician and someone you want on your team’;
  2. International Arbitration: ‘A highly skilled and talented barrister – her attention to detail, knowledge of the facts and law, and ability to produce thoughtful, concise submissions and advice sets her apart’;
  3. The Middle East: ‘Very methodical in her approach and meticulous in her preparation’.

She is also featured in a text of “40 under 40” rising arbitral practitioners from around the world.

Her practice covers a broad spectrum of commercial disputes including energy, construction, engineering, professional negligence and associated insurance disputes. She has experience of heavy, complex and high-value claims in international arbitration and the TCC. In addition to led work, Jennie advises in her own right and regularly appears as a sole advocate in the High Court and County Courts.

Jennie’s highlights include:

  • Middle East: Four Middle-Eastern airport arbitrations, a $2billion ICC arbitration arising out of the termination of a hospital project and a desalination plant dispute.
  • Rest of the world: A $127m ICC arbitration concerning an Australian offshore LNG development project and two South African power station disputes (DAB and arbitration).
  • Domestic: A £46m TCC trial concerning the sale of machines to a Saudi Arabian company (Hamad Aldrees & Partners v Rotex Europe Limited (2019) 184 Con LR 145), a three week TCC trial concerning an on-shore gas pipeline in Shetland (Van Oord UK Ltd v Allseas UK Ltd [2015] EWHC 3074 (TCC) and [2016] 1 CostsLO 1), an emergency injunction application seeking the withdrawal of a call on a €24m bond and an adjudication enforcement hearing concerning issues of natural justice and excess of jurisdiction (Stellite Construction Ltd v Vascroft Contractors Ltd (2016) 165 ConLR 108).

She has recently advised contractors on claims arising as a result of Covid-19 (including force majeure and change of law) under amended FIDIC and NEC forms in relation to three energy projects and a domestic infrastructure project.

Jennie is also a contributor to the Construction Law Reports, Keating on Construction Contracts, Keating on JCT, Keating on Offshore Construction and Marine Engineering, PLC and Halsbury’s Laws.

Before coming to the Bar, Jennie worked at the Law Commission on the reform of insurance law, unfair contract terms and fiduciary duties and prior to that, in Australia, at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office and for the Principal Judge of the Victorian Commercial Court.

Practice Areas
  • Construction, Energy & Engineering
  • Advocacy
  • Adjudication
  • International Arbitration
  • Commercial
  • Insurance
  • Professional Negligence
Construction, Energy & Engineering

Reported cases: Hamad Aldrees & Partners v Rotex Europe Limited (2019) 184 Con LR 145, Van Oord UK Ltd v Allseas UK Ltd [2015] EWHC 3074 (TCC), Van Oord UK Ltd v Allseas UK Ltd [2016] 1 CostsLO 1 and Stellite Construction Ltd v Vascroft Contractors Ltd (2016) 165 ConLR 108.

Examples include:

  • Jennie has recently advised an international contractor on claims arising as a result of Covid-19 (including force majeure and change of law) under amended FIDIC and NEC forms in relation to three energy projects.
  • Hamad Aldrees & Partners v Rotex Europe Limited (2019) 184 Con LR 145. Jennie was led by Simon Hargreaves QC and Piers Stansfield QC in this £46, TCC claim concerning the sale of machines to a Saudi Arabian company. The judgment establishes a new principle regarding the incorporation of terms. Jennie worked on expert reports, preparation for trial (including drafting opening submissions and cross examination), supported Simon during trial and drafted closing submissions. Jennie was afforded significant responsibility in managing this claim and took charge of written closing submissions and oral case management submissions.
  • Prater Limited v RSA Façade Design Limited. Jennie was instructed as sole counsel to defend this £200,000 TCC claim in respect of the design of roof glazing to Olympia West Hall, London.  Jennie drafted the Defence and response to an RFI, provided advice on strategy for a mediation and negotiations which led to a favourable settlement of the claim.
  • Kaplan NT Limited v Vinci Construction UK Limited. Jennie was led by Sam Townend in this c£1m TCC claim concerning defective lifts in student accommodation in Nottingham. Jennie drafted the Particulars of Claim and responses to RFIs, worked on expert reports and led various conferences with the client advising on merits and strategy.
  • For Claimant (as sole counsel) in a dispute concerning a desalination project in the Gulf.
  • For Claimant (as sole junior with Richard Harding QC) in an ADCCAC final account arbitration concerning an airport in the Gulf, which raised issues of delay, acceleration and varied works.
  • For Claimant (with David Thomas QC, Ben Sareen, Brenna Conroy and Harry Smith) in a £200m arbitration concerning an energy project in South Africa. Jennie assisted with preparation of the delay and disruption claim, gave contractual advice, drafted opening submissions, prepared cross examination of factual and expert witnesses, supported David Thomas QC during a three-week hearing, and prepared written and oral closing submissions.
  • For Respondent (with Richard Harding QC and James Thompson) in a £600m DIAC arbitration concerning an airport in the Gulf, with a particular focus on IT system issues. Jennie was responsible for all aspects of the delay claim including: working with a team of three solicitors, working with delay and quantum experts, analysing the documentary evidence, drafting witness statements and supporting Richard Harding QC during a two-week hearing.
  • For Defendant (as sole counsel) in a 3-day County Court trial concerning sums allegedly owing in respect of the design and installation of various telecommunications towers manufactured by the defendant. Jennie successfully defended the claim and conducted all aspects of the oral hearing, including cross-examination on complex civil engineering issues.
  • For Claimant (with Marcus Taverner QC and James Thompson) in a £300m ICC Final Account arbitration concerning an airport in the Gulf.
  • For Respondent (as sole junior with Richard Harding QC) in a £12.5m ICC arbitration concerning a sub-contract dispute relating to an airport in the Gulf. Jennie was the sole junior instructed and was responsible for preparing all aspects of the claim.
  • For Claimant (with Lucy Garrett, Calum Lamont and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP (Dubai)) in a $120m arbitration concerning an EPC project for the construction of a manufacturing plant in the Gulf raising issues of delay, disruption, acceleration, unlawful de-scoping, additional cost and the wrongful deduction of liquidated damages. Jennie was instructed following a last-minute change of counsel and drafted openings and cross examination.
  • For Respondent (with Richard Harding QC and Lucy Garrett) in $2 billion ICC arbitration arising out of the termination of a hospital project in the Gulf.
  • For Claimant (with Finola O’Farrell QC and Sam Townend) in a $127million ICC arbitration arising out of a LNG project in Australia.
  • Drafted pleadings for Claimant in claim concerning defective lifts in student housing (claim value c£1m).
  • Drafted pleadings for Defendant in architect’s professional negligence dispute concerning a defective church roof (claim value £120,000).
  • Advised a contractor in relation to a number of issues referred by the Supreme Court of Ireland to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
  • Advised in relation to a claim for damaged fibre optic cables.
  • Advised on the prospects of pursuing a claim in negligent misstatement against a firm of architects.
  • Advised on copyright issues arising on purchase of a partly completed housing project.
  • Drafted Letter of Claim and Particulars of Claim in a dispute relating to a window and door fabrication machine (claim value c£1.5m).
  • Drafted Particulars of Claim, Response to Part 18 Request and Reply in a claim relating to an industrial air conditioning supply and installation contract.
  • Drafted Particulars of Claim in a dispute relating to breaches of the National House Building Council Rules and Buildmark Policy.
  • Drafted Particulars of Claim in a dispute relating to the defective design and installation of lifts (claim value c£700,000).
  • Drafted Particulars of Claim seeking payment of invoices for the manufacture and installation of steel handrails.
  • Assisted with the drafting of a Witness Statement and Skeleton Argument for a CMC in a claim for property damage and business interruption losses relating to the construction of commercial premises (claim value £170m).
  • Assisted with the drafting of a Skeleton Argument for an appeal in the Court of Appeal relating to the proper construction of a limitation clause in a contract for the design and construction of a low density polyethylene plant.
  • Assisted with the drafting of pleadings in a claim for defective glass curtain walling in a substantial commercial building (claim value £20m).
Advocacy

Examples include:

  • Construction dispute (Central London County Court, TCC list) – unled. Successfully acted on behalf of the Defendant in a 3-day trial.  Prepared written opening submissions and conducted all aspects of the oral hearing, including cross-examination on complex civil engineering issues.
  • Construction dispute (High Court, Birmingham TCC) – unled. Acted on behalf of the Defendant in a CMC in the Birmingham TCC relating to a dispute regarding the design of an access road and crane footings (dispute value c£500,000).
  • Construction dispute (High Court, Commercial Court) – Emergency injunction seeking the withdrawal of a call on a €24m bond arising out of the suspension of works to a Low Density Ammonium Nitrate facility in the Middle East. Jennie: drafted the applicant’s skeleton argument, claim form and proposed order; liaised with the court to secure an out of hours emergency telephone hearing; provided oral submissions as to why an emergency hearing was required; liaised with instructing solicitors; and assisted Stephen Furst QC with submissions on the application provided by way of telephone hearing.
  • Construction dispute (Central London County Court, TCC list) – unled. Acted on behalf of the Defendant in a heavily contested CMC in a professional negligence claim against an architect.
  • Sale of goods (High Court, QBD) – unled. Acted for a Hong Kong based manufacturer in an application to set aside default judgment and resisting an application for a third party debt order in relation to a sale of goods dispute.
  • Insolvency (High Court, Bankruptcy & Companies Court) – unled. Instructed in a number of High Court insolvency disputes.
  • IT & Technology (County Court, various) – unled. Acted on behalf of a major telecommunications company in a series of interim applications and trials in commercial and consumer disputes.
  • Property (High Court, QBD) – unled. Instructed to appear at a CMC in a Part 8 claim for a declaration as to the extent of the Claimant’s land rights.
  • Property (County Court) – unled. Acted on behalf of a property owner seeking possession and an order for outstanding rent arrears and electricity charges.
Adjudication

Reported cases: Stellite Construction Ltd v Vascroft Contractors Ltd (2016) 165 ConLR 108.

Examples include:

  • Advised whether a pain/gain sharing agreement was subject to adjudication.
  • Advised on prospects of successfully resisting enforcement of an adjudicator’s decision that a final certificate had been validly issued.
  • Drafted the Response and Rejoinder to a claim relating to the pre-tender design of a car park (claim value c£200,000).
  • Drafted the Notice of Adjudication and Referral Notice in an adjudication concerning defects in the construction of a large development of flats (claim value £4m).
  • Drafted the Notice of Adjudication and Referral Notice in an adjudication concerning defects in a luxury residential refurbishment project (claim value c£300,000).
  • Drafted the Response and Rejoinder to a claim relating to the refurbishment of a sport and leisure centre (claim value c£500,000).
  • Drafted the Response to a claim relating to the design, installation and commissioning of a wet riser system in a commercial office block (claim value c£700,000).
  • Drafted the Response and Rejoinder in an interim payment dispute (claim value £75,000).
International Arbitration

Examples include:

  • For Claimant (as sole counsel) in a dispute concerning a desalination project in the Gulf.
  • For Claimant (as sole junior with Richard Harding QC) in an ADCCAC final account arbitration concerning an airport in the Gulf, which raised issues of delay, acceleration and varied works.
  • For Claimant (with David Thomas QC, Ben Sareen, Brenna Conroy and Harry Smith) in a £200m arbitration concerning an energy project in South Africa. Jennie assisted with preparation of the delay and disruption claim, gave contractual advice, drafted opening submissions, prepared cross examination of factual and expert witnesses, supported David Thomas QC during a three-week hearing, and prepared written and oral closing submissions.
  • For Respondent (with Richard Harding QC and James Thompson) in a £600m DIAC arbitration concerning an airport in the Gulf, with a particular focus on IT system issues. Jennie was responsible for all aspects of the delay claim including: working with a team of three solicitors, working with delay and quantum experts, analysing the documentary evidence, drafting witness statements and supporting Richard Harding QC during a two-week hearing.
  • For Claimant (with Marcus Taverner QC and James Thompson) in a £300m ICC Final Account arbitration concerning an airport in the Gulf.
  • For Respondent (as sole junior with Richard Harding QC) in a £12.5m ICC arbitration concerning a sub-contract dispute relating to an airport in the Gulf. Jennie was the sole junior instructed and was responsible for preparing all aspects of the claim.
  • For Claimant (with Lucy Garrett, Calum Lamont and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP (Dubai)) in a $120m arbitration concerning an EPC project for the construction of a manufacturing plant in the Gulf raising issues of delay, disruption, acceleration, unlawful de-scoping, additional cost and the wrongful deduction of liquidated damages. Jennie was instructed following a last-minute change of counsel and drafted openings and cross examination.
  • For Respondent (with Richard Harding QC and Lucy Garrett) in $2 billion ICC arbitration arising out of the termination of a hospital project in the Gulf.
  • For Claimant (with Finola O’Farrell QC and Sam Townend) in a $127million ICC arbitration arising out of a LNG project in Australia
Commercial

Reported cases: Hamad Aldrees & Partners v Rotex Europe Limited (2019) 184 Con LR 145

Examples include:

  • Hamad Aldrees & Partners v Rotex Europe Limited (2019) 184 Con LR 145. Jennie was led by Simon Hargreaves QC and Piers Stansfield QC in this £46, TCC claim concerning the sale of machines to a Saudi Arabian company. The judgment establishes a new principle regarding the incorporation of terms. Jennie worked on expert reports, preparation for trial (including drafting opening submissions and cross examination), supported Simon during trial and drafted closing submissions. Jennie was afforded significant responsibility in managing this claim and took charge of written closing submissions and oral case management submissions.
  • Emergency injunction seeking the withdrawal of a call on a €24m bond arising out of the suspension of works to a Low Density Ammonium Nitrate facility in the Middle East. Jennie: drafted the applicant’s skeleton argument, claim form and proposed order; liaised with the court to secure an out of hours emergency telephone hearing; provided oral submissions as to why an emergency hearing was required; liaised with instructing solicitors; and assisted Stephen Furst QC with submissions on the application provided by way of telephone hearing.
  • Advised on whether to seek an injunction to restrain a call on a performance bond where the alleged entitlement was in restitution.
  • Advised on whether to file a proof of debt for a claim on an indemnity granted by a now insolvent defendant.
  • Advised on the required time for service of papers in a possession hearing and whether time could be abridged.
  • Assisted in advising on the likely forum and applicable law for a dispute between an English company and Qatari company whose main centre of operations was in Dubai, concerning a development in Qatar.
Insurance

Examples include:

  • Advised on the applicability of insurance policies to claims relating to defective new-build properties.
  • Assisted in advising on the implications of potential claims on CAR and PI policies in framing an adjudication claim.
  • Assisted in advising on the merits of a claim against the insurer of an insolvent company, pursuant to the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 1930. Whilst at the Law Commission, Jennie was intimately involved in the drafting of the new Consumer Insurance (Disclosure and Representations) Act 2013 and the Insurance Act 2015.
Professional Negligence

Examples include:

  • Prater Limited v RSA Façade Design Limited.  Jennie was instructed as sole counsel to defend this £200,000 TCC claim in respect of the design of roof glazing to Olympia West Hall, London.  Jennie drafted the Defence and response to an RFI, provided advice on strategy for a mediation and negotiations which led to a favourable settlement of the claim.
  • Drafted pleadings for Defendant in architect’s professional negligence dispute concerning a defective church roof (claim value £120,000).
  • Advised on the prospects of pursuing a claim in negligent misstatement against a firm of architects.
Case Reports
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