“He is an excellent lawyer with a brilliant mind and also an excellent manager with very strong interpersonal skills.” (Chambers UK)
Daniel Garton advises clients on all aspects of the delivery of major construction and engineering projects, with a particular focus on contract administration and the avoidance and resolution of disputes. He has acted, including as lead advocate, in some of the world's largest international construction arbitrations.
Daniel has advised developers, contractors, consultants and lenders on projects around the world. His practice has a particular focus on major international infrastructure projects, across such industries as energy (incl. nuclear and renewables), oil and gas, petrochemical, data centers, transportation and mining.
Daniel is described as "an excellent advocate" with an "ability to develop legal strategies to underpin complex construction disputes" (Whos Who Legal). He is considered "a standout, with the ability and depth of experience to understand the client's perspective and clearly communicate complex legal issues to clients." (Legal 500 UK, Construction: contentious). "His level of understanding of complex construction matters, and ability to translate these into a legal strategy that clients can understand, is very impressive." (Legal 500 UK, Construction: contentious). He is also "extremely detail-oriented, has a very solid legal mind and is able to see issues from many perspectives." (Chambers UK). Daniel is recognised as one of the world's top 500 litigation and arbitration lawyers (The Lawdragon Global Litigation 500).
Daniel is experienced with all common forms of dispute resolution, including International Arbitration (incl. ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, SIAC and UNCITRAL), Litigation, Adjudication / DABs and mediation. He has advised on projects and acted as counsel in disputes throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and in Asia Pacific.
LNG Processing Facility, Asia-Pacific
Representing an international oil & gas company in a multi-billion USD arbitration and numerous adjudications, relating to delay, disruption and pricing disputes in respect of the construction of an LNG processing facility.
LNG Processing Facility, North America
Representing an international oil & gas company in respect of claims and disputes arising the construction of an LNG processing facility
Nuclear Power Plant, Europe
Representing a European owner / operator in respect of a multi-billion Euro arbitration and multiple adjudications in respect of delay, disruption and change order claims relating to the design and construction of a nuclear power plant.
Petrochemical Plant, Eastern Europe
Representing an owner operator in respect of numerous delay, disruption and change order disputes in respect of the construction of one of the world's largest petrochemical plants.
Data Centers, Global
Advising a global technology company in respect of the procurement and construction of data centers in various jurisdictions around the world.
Nuclear Power Plant, Central Asia
Advising a state entity in respect of the procurement and construction of a nuclear power plant and negotiating and drafting various project documents in respect thereof.
Panama Canal, Central America
Representing joint venture company in a dispute with the Panama Canal Authority over the US$5.5 billion Panama Canal expansion project, including in respect of a number of Dispute Adjudication Board proceedings and ICC Arbitrations.
Gas Processing Plant, Eastern Europe
Representing an owner operator in respect of numerous delay, disruption and change order disputes in respect of the construction of a US$ multi-billion gas processing facility.
Nuclear Power Plant, South America
Advising a state entity in respect of the procurement and construction of two nuclear power plants and drafting various project documents in respect thereof.
Hydroelectric Project, South America
Representing Brazilian contractors and the project developer in a LCIA arbitration against insurers, in a dispute concerning the construction of one of the largest hydroelectric power projects in the world.
Metro Project, Middle East
Representing an international consortium as the main contractor in relation to an ICC arbitration with a subcontractor arising out of a major metro project in the Middle East.
Airport, Middle East
Representing a state entity in respect of numerous arbitrations relating to delay, disruption and change order claims arising from the construction of an international airport.
Representing the lead partner of an international consortium of contractors on an ICC arbitration arising from the termination of a FIDIC Silver Book contract, relating to the construction of a commuter railway.
Geothermal Project, Europe
Advising on procurement methods and risk allocation in respect of a geothermal project in Iceland.
Rail Project, South America
Acting for a wholly-owned government company in the negotiation and drafting of US$2 - US$3 billion (est.) planning, design, build, operate and maintain contracts for a rapid rail system.
"GAR Live Energy Disputes - Nuclear Projects", September 2022, Edinburgh
"The elusive critical path", International Construction Arbitration Conference, King's College London, September 2022
"Nuclear new build contracting and risk management", June 2022: F4E and INLA Conference - Procurement and contract strategies for successful nuclear construction projects, Aix-en-Provence, France
"Lessons Learned: Managing Claims and Disputes on Mega Energy Projects", May 2022, Paris, Qatar and Perth
"Role of Sampling in Claims & Disputes", March 2022: Masters of Construction Law, King's College London
"The use of statistical sampling and analysis as evidence in international arbitration", November 2017: ICC Conference "Construction Arbitration: achieving expeditious and cost-effective solutions without sacrificing quality", Dubai
"The importance of the applicable law. How far do lawyers from 'civil' and 'common' law backgrounds view the same construction law issues differently?", September 2017: 6th IBA Construction Projects from Conception to Completion Conference, Brussels
"Procedure for the arbitration" and "Construction Arbitration", August 2017: CIArb Diploma Course in International Commercial Arbitration, Oxford
"NPP Projects: Managing Time and Cost": 3rd India Nuclear Industry Congress 2017, Mumbai
"Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution", December 2016: FIDIC International Contract Users' Conference (IBC Legal), London
"The role of the EPC contract in project strategy" and "Project Execution and Contract Administration Strategies", November 2013: Kazakhstan
"Basics of English Contracts Law" and "Disputes Management", March 2013: Project Financing Petrochemical Projects Workshop, London
"Successfully Negotiating and Drafting Construction Contracts" and on "Effective Contract Management Strategies to Avoid and Resolve Disputes", May 2012: IBC Legal Conferences, 21st annual forum, London
"The potential for small modular nuclear reactors", Energy Institute, May 2022 (with Richard Hill, Andrew McDougall KC, Kirsten Odynski, Dipen Sabharwal KC and Vit Stehlik)
"Adapting to the changing risk dynamics of energy projects", Global Construction Review, April 2022 (with David Strickland)
"Managing dispute risks in nuclear power plant projects", Infrastructure Intelligence, December 2019 (with Richard Hill, Andrew McDougall KC, Kirsten Odynski, Dipen Sabharwal KC)
"Contract considerations for nuclear new-build projects" Nuclear Engineering, April 2019 (with Chris Duncan)
"A different kind of model approach – the use of system dynamics as evidence in delay and disruption claims" Building, July 2018 (with Ralph Goodchild)