David Robertson

Partner, London



David Robertson is a partner in White & Case's International Arbitration and Construction & Engineering team. He has more than 20 years' experience advising clients on major construction, engineering, energy and infrastructure projects around the world. David has advised on major projects across South Asia and South East Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia with particular experience representing clients on both off-shore and on-shore oil & gas, power, water, road and rail/metro projects.

David acts as counsel and advocate in international arbitrations and has represented parties in arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, DIAC, SIAC and ICSID Rules as well as UNCITRAL (ad hoc), UK Arbitration Act 1996 and the Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996, with seats in London, Paris, Geneva, Amman, Dubai, New Delhi, Manama, Singapore, Seoul, Sydney and New York. David also sits as arbitrator in construction disputes. David has been recognised as an arbitration specialist by Directories in London, Singapore and South Korea.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Master of International Law
London School of Economics and Political Science
University of Auckland
Bachelor of Arts
University of Auckland


Pulp Mill Project, Vietnam
Counsel and advocate representing a Japanese client in ICC arbitration proceedings seated in Singapore concerning a pulp mill project in Vietnam, including advising on related court proceedings in Japan and Vietnam.*

Low Sulphur Diesel Fuel Plant, Caribbean
Counsel and advocate in an LCIA arbitration concerning a piping subcontract package on a diesel fuel plant in the Caribbean. Defended main contract against claims for extensions of time and additional cost.*

Offshore Processing Platform, West Africa
Advising on disputes arising from delay to sailaway, design variations, weight changes and carry-over work claims in respect of the design and construction of two well-head platforms and a living-quarters platform for a $6 billion offshore development.*

Petrochemical Plant, Thailand
Representing an EPC Contractor consortium in alternative dispute resolution proceedings concerning delay and major variation claims arising out of the design and construction of a US$1 billion petrochemical project.*

FLNG Project, Asia
Advising in connection with design liability and delay disputes arising in the design and fabrication of one the world's first floating LNG facilities.*

Refinery Project, Vietnam
Advising on a complex three-way dispute concerning delay and additional cost claims on a single-buoy mooring and subsea pipe lay off-shore works package for a $9 billion refinery project in Vietnam.*

Crude Oil Pipeline Project, Central Asia
Acting as counsel for a state-owned EPC Contractor in connection with ICC and parallel ICSID arbitration proceedings concerning construction and operation of a major international crude oil pipeline project in the Caspian region. Amount in dispute US$2.4 billion.*

IPP Power Project
Representing EPC Contractor in disputes against Project Owner and Consortium Partner including extension of time and additional cost claims arising out of the collapse of a coffer dam and an intra-consortium dispute regarding liability for delay liquidated damages.*

Cable tunnel project, SE Asia
Advising an EPC contractor undertaking two packages of a cable tunnel project including advising on a dispute with the Employer regarding valuation of a major scope reduction; and a dispute with the TBM supplier concerning the adequacy of the TBM design, liability for delay and repair costs due to TBM failures and disputes regarding deviating ground conditions.*

Metro Rail Project, SE Asia
Advising on disputes arising out of the design and construction of an aboveground package of works for a metro project in a major SE Asian city. Disputes included additional cost and delay entitlements as between EPC Contractor and project owner as well as disputes between EPC Contractor consortium members.*

* Matters worked on prior to joining White & Case.