Helen Williams Conybeare

Practices

Education and Clerkships

M.A., Jurisprudence, St. Hugh's College, Oxford University, 1988

European, International and French Law, Strasbourg University, 1990

Law Society Finals, Guildford College of Law, 1989

Admissions

England, 1992

Paris, France, 1997 (inactive)

Languages

French

German

Italian

Spanish

Profile

Helen Conybeare Williams is a disputes lawyer based in London. Helen’s practice is focused on international dispute resolution, as well as contract advice and representation prior to arbitration or litigation, in complex technical cross border disputes.

She has conducted complex international commercial arbitration matters worldwide on behalf of major multi-nationals across a broad range of industries, namely shipbuilding and offshore oil and gas (related to marine construction, drilling and exploration agreements), construction and  engineering of major capital projects (including power plants, gas and water pipelines, highways, irrigation, hydroelectric and desalination plants, ports and airports), hotels (including development, management and franchise agreements) manufacturing and supply of industrial plant and machinery, and healthcare (distribution and license agreements).

She has conducted international commercial arbitration proceedings under the rules of major arbitration institutions, in particular the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), as well as under UNCITRAL rules. She has conducted such disputes throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region.

She also represents clients in litigation in the courts of England and Wales, including in arbitration appeals and enforcement issues.

Helen has advised on the selection of jurisdiction clauses and dispute resolution mechanisms, and is experienced in drafting the relevant clauses.

Selected Client Representations

Helen's most recent work includes the following matters:

  • Leading the team in the successful defense of a subcontractor’s delay and disruption claims against the main contractor related to onshore works to lay gas pipelines which was part of the Total Laggan Tormore gas pipeline/field development in the Shetlands conducted in the English Technology and Construction Court
  • Defending a Dutch yard in 17 ad hoc arbitrations related to shipbuilding contracts for the construction of pushers (warranty and design defects claims alleged by the buyers) with Rotterdam as place of arbitration
  • Successfully advancing/defending claims acting for the owner in an SCMA arbitration based in Singapore relating to a dispute arising out of the upgrade of a semi-submersible drilling rig relating to disputed variations across the range of engineering disciplines, delay and disruption claims, and claims for liquidated damages for delay
  • A London LMAA arbitration acting for a Far Eastern shipyard pursuing significant claims against the buyers of two semi-submersible drilling rigs for the contract price and counterclaims raising misrepresentation and breaches of contract claims during the construction of the projects, where successful awards were obtained.

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