Overview

Joseph Otoo is a Solicitor Advocate and senior associate in the Constructing & Engineering and International Arbitration practices of the London office.

Joseph has extensive experience of working with clients on projects globally, particularly in the energy & infrastructure sectors.

Joseph’s main focus is the resolution of technically complex energy & infrastructure project and related disputes across a range of industry sectors, primarily through international arbitration. He is comfortable working in multi-disciplined and multi-cultural teams that include project personnel in risk identification, dispute avoidance, change management, stakeholder engagement and diplomacy.

Joseph has particular interest in working with clients in emerging markets and jurisdictions, with a focus on Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Areas of Focus

Regional Capabilities

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • French

Experience

Note: This list includes matters that were not handled at Mayer Brown.

  • Representing the Panama Canal Authority in disputes arising out of the design, construction and engineering of the technically complex $5.25 billion Panama Canal Expansion Programme project.
  • Advising on the dispute resolution provisions of a finance transaction in relation to a $800 million Medium Term Note Programme.
  • Advising insurers on liability and coverage issues in relation to disputes arising out of the design and construction of an energy project in Latin America.
  • Advising a leading global engineering group in ICC arbitration proceedings in relation to the design, construction and commissioning of an infrastructure project in Asia.
  • Representing a US geotechnical consultancy in disputes concerning ground investigations and seismic surveys arising out of a nuclear power station project.
  • Assisting in advising a joint venture company made up of two leading oil and gas service companies in relation to disputes arising out of a contract for the design, engineering, construction and commissioning of a turret and related equipment for an FPSO.
  • Tiuta Development Ltd v De Villiers Chartered Surveyors [2015] EWHC 773 (Ch). Defending a firm of chartered surveyors in a professional negligence claim. Successfully attaining summary judgment on part of the claim, which limited the extent of the damages that could be claimed.
  • Todaysure Matthews Ltd v Marketing Ways [2015] EWHC 64 (Comm). Assisting in successfully resisting an application to set aside an order concerning the release from undertakings given in a consent order concerning an on-demand performance guarantee in relation to a waste and water treatment project in Saudi Arabia.
  • Savoye & Savoye Ltd v Spicers Ltd [2014] EWHC 4195 (TCC). Successfully representing Savoye in an adjudication and subsequent enforcement proceedings in relation to a dispute concerning the design, supply, installation and commissioning of a conveyor system.
  • Representing a US engineering, construction and services company in a mediation and subsequent UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings against a Saudi Arabian entity in disputes under an EPCM contract in relation to a chemical process plant project in the Middle East.
  • Representing a German engineering, construction and chemical process contractor in an ICC arbitration in relation to disputes arising out of an EPC contract for the design and construction of a chemical process plant in Saudi Arabia.
  • Secondment to in-house disputes team of multi-national French contractor dealing with claim as JV subcontractor in arbitration led by main contractor relating to a project involving the installation, commissioning and operation of a new telecommunication system on London Underground.

Perspectives

Education

King's College London, MSc Construction Law & Dispute Resolution

University of Brussels, LLM International and European Law

College of Law, London, Bar Vocational Course

Manchester Metropolitan University, 1st Class LLB (Hons) (spending year 2 at University of Copenhagen)

Admissions

  • England and Wales

Memberships

  • External tutor on the MSc Construction Law & Dispute Resolution, King's College, London.
  • Mentoring activities for law students at the University of Law.
  • Notable senior associate Joseph Otoo (Legal 500 2018).
  • Awarded Society of Construction Law prize in 2008 for best research dissertation on the topic of state immunity in international arbitration, produced on the MSc Construction Law & Dispute Resolution at King's College, London.