07 January 2008 - International law firm Mayer Brown is delighted to announce that Nick Henchie, a partner in the Construction and Engineering Group, has been listed in The Lawyer's Hot 100 survey, 2008, as one of 100 lawyers to have excelled in their field during 2007.

The Hot 100 survey celebrates individuals in all areas of the legal profession in particular those who have enhanced the reputations of law firms, chambers, organisations or companies.

Nick joined Mayer Brown in 1993 and was promoted to Partner in 2003. His work ranges from front-end procurement and contract strategy (including the drafting and negotiating of major construction contracts), to claims and dispute management of construction and engineering projects - particularly in the petrochemical, mining and power generation/energy sectors all over the world.

Furthermore, he has a wide range of experience covering international disputes and arbitrations under the ICC and LCIA rules and various ad hoc rules in relation to construction projects in Singapore, Hong Kong, St. Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Jordan, India, Egypt, Qatar, the Caspian Sea and a number of European countries.

He is particularly renowned for his FIDIC expertise, having advised many clients on amendments to standard forms and he has both lectured and written extensively on FIDIC contracts, in part reflecting his former service as Chairman of the International Bar Association ("IBA") Committee on FIDIC contracts. Nick's expertise has been further demonstrated by his retention in 2007 as procurement Counsel to the Panama Canal Authority in relation to the high profile US$5.2 billion Panama Canal Expansion Programme.

Nick's other notable cases include:
  • Representing a Jordanian client in a major dispute against an EPC contractor in ICC Arbitration proceedings concerning a process plant in the Middle East - claims and counterclaims exceeded US$150 million.

  • Advising and representing Union Railways North on various disputes and aspects arising out of a number of construction contracts for the development of Section 2 of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Project.

  • Advising a major European contractor concerning a claim relating to the Olefins Plant in Saudi Arabia.

  • Advising the owner in relation to a major dispute concerning defects in a power plant in Saudi Arabia.

  • Representing a contractor in relation to claims arising out of errors in FEED on a major oil and gas project in India.

  • Representing a supplier of offshore platform and equipment regarding a major oil project in the Caspian Sea.
According to Chambers UK, 2008, clients describe him as "an excellent guy" and "a brilliant strategist" who uses his "smooth negotiation skills to win the day". Within the Legal 500 EMEA, 2007, Nick's clients describe him as "always practical, focused, knowledgeable and prompt".

Sean Connolly, London Senior Partner, Mayer Brown commented: "It is a great honour for Nick to be recognised in this way. He is an asset to the firm and highly regarded both within the industry and by clients".

Nick Henchie, Partner, Construction and Engineering Group, London commented: "I am very proud of this achievement and to be recognised as one of 100 lawyers to have excelled in their field during 2007. It recognises the major cases that Mayer Brown has been involved with in 2007, their significance within the industry on a global scale and the high standard of work which has been successfully delivered".

For further information:

Nick Henchie
Partner, Construction and Engineering, London
+44 (0)20 7782 8857

Charlotte Ward
PR Manager, London
+44 20 7782 8547