Clare Connellan

Partner, London


Clare Connellan stands out as “a skilled and clever lawyer” who is much-admired in construction disputes.
Who’s Who Legal, Future Leaders 2018


Clare is a Partner based in White & Case's London office and works with the International Arbitration and Construction and Engineering Groups. Clare advises companies, state entities, contractors, owners and operators on the resolution of complex disputes, with a particular focus on disputes within the construction and engineering industry.

She has been involved in arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, LMAA and CRCICA rules, as well as ad hoc arbitrations, including under the UNCITRAL rules. Clare also advises on alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, and is a CEDR-accredited mediator. She has spent time on secondment to the LCIA as counsel.

Clare also leads the firm's Business & Human Rights Interest Group and is consulted in relation to issues such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, supply chain risk assessments and the Modern Slavery Act, as well as business and human rights training.

Clare "brings alternative views to the table and unexpected solutions" (Legal 500, 2018). She stands out as "a skilled and clever lawyer" who is much-admired in construction disputes (Who's Who Legal, Future Leaders 2018). Peers say Clare is "a very talented disputes lawyer", and "particularly knowledgeable in the field of complex construction disputes" (Who's Who Legal, Future Leaders 2019). Clare was recently honoured on the inaugural Legal 500 International Arbitration UK Powerlist 2019.

Bars and Courts
Solicitor Advocate
England and Wales
CEDR accredited mediator
Queen Mary, University of London
International Commercial Comparative Arbitration, School of International Arbitration
Queen Mary, University of London
Nottingham Law School
Maitrise en droit privé
Université de Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne
English law and French law
King's College London


Advising an international consortium on pre-arbitration disputes on a major infrastructure project in north Africa.

Advising a major European energy provider in relation to the construction and installation by contractors of a nuclear power plant.

Representing a shipbuilder in a multi-million euro LCIA arbitration concerning the major refurbishment of an FPSO, and related arbitration with its piping subcontractor.

Representing the lead member of a contractor consortium on its legal position and on ICC arbitration proceedings against a government entity in relation to claims and counter-claims in respect of a major railway project.

Advising on dispute resolution and strategic considerations in relation to turnkey contracts and for the supply of spare parts for a renewable energy project.

Representing one member of a consortium involved in the design and construction of a power plant in the Middle East in an ICC arbitration and related issues.

Advising a shipbuilder on an arbitration under LMAA Rules.

Advising an Asian EPC contractor concerning entitlements against the employer and sub-contractors arising out of an independent infrastructure project in a Middle Eastern state, including a contract for the supply of equipment.

Advising a major European energy provider on disputes arising out of a sale and purchase agreement for a refinery.

Advising international companies on arbitration and tiered dispute resolution contract provisions.

Advising a consortium on aspects of its tenders for roles in a major infrastructure project in the UK.

Advising a major leisure complex operator on a multi-party dispute regarding structural defects in a development in the UK arising out of related contracts with conflicting dispute resolution provisions and associated appointments for remedial works.