Julian Bailey

Partner, London


‘a virtuoso of construction law on an international scale’ (Professor Doug S. Jones, ICLR, January 2017) “a superb reputation for his ‘cerebral’ counsel in construction disputes.” (Who’s Who Legal, Future Leaders 2018) “‘excellent’ and a ‘key player’ in Qatar (…) noted for his impressive intellect as well as his considerable activity in the market.” (Chambers Global 2019) ‘Julian Bailey brings brainpower and experience from a construction aspect. Impressive performer. ’ ( Legal 500 UK – Construction: Contentious, 2020)


Julian Bailey is a partner in the London office, practising in the International Arbitration and Construction and Engineering Groups. He advises on contentious international construction and infrastructure projects across a variety of industries, including transport, energy, petrochemical, process plant and construction. Julian has been active in the Middle East representing sovereign governments, developers and contractors in large construction and engineering disputes in Qatar, the UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq.

Julian is actively involved in construction law issues and was Chairman of the Society of Construction Law (UK) (2015-2016), the leading industry body for construction law. Currently, Julian sits on the governing council for the Society of Construction Law (Gulf). He is also the author of one of the leading books on construction law, now in its second edition.

In 2009, Julian was seconded (part-time) to assist Lord Justice Jackson with his review of civil litigation costs. Julian assisted him by conducting research on costs laws in foreign jurisdictions (specifically, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany and the Netherlands), and travelled with him to France and Germany to review the laws of those countries (meeting with judges and lawyers). Julian also assisted in preparing first drafts of chapters and sections of Lord Justice Jackson's Preliminary Report and his Final Report. The major recommendations made by Lord Justice Jackson were implemented in England and Wales in April 2013.

Julian is Adjunct Professor of Law at Hamad bin Khalifa University, Doha, and lectures on infrastructure development law as part of the university's J.D. programme.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
High Court of Australia
Supreme Court of New South Wales
Supreme Court of South Australia
Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice
University of South Australia
Bachelor of Laws
University of Adelaide
Bachelor of Commerce
University of Adelaide


Representing a Middle Eastern sovereign government in multiple arbitrations concerning a major transport infrastructure project. Approximately US$1bn claimed in total. FIDIC contracts (Yellow and Red), ICC arbitration.

Representing an African government in an ICC arbitration concerning a large transport infrastructure project. FIDIC Red Book, ICC arbitration.

Representing a French / Norwegian company in High Court litigation in Northern Ireland and arbitration concerning a sub-sea electrical interconnector. FIDIC Yellow Book, ICC arbitration, £135m dispute.

Representing a Middle Eastern company in a US$300m dispute concerning a polypropylene plant. EPC Contract, ICC arbitration.

Representing a multinational engineering company in a US$500m arbitration in Qatar concerning delay and disruption to the construction and commissioning of a gas-fired power station. EPC turnkey contract, local law, ICC arbitration, 3 member tribunal.


Construction Law, Costs and Contemporary Developments: Drawing the Threads Together – a Festschrift for Lord Justice Jackson (editor and contributor)

Construction Law, Informa Law, 2016 (a three-volume general text on construction law as it applies in England, Wales and Australia, with an international outlook), (foreword by Lord Justice Jackson)

The Limits of Limitation Clauses (2017) 33 Construction Law Journal 16; (2017), 33 Building and Construction Law Journal 4

Tribunal bias – familiarity breeds concern, International Construction Law Review 233, 2016

Delay damages and site conditions: contrasts in US and English law, Construction Lawyer, Summer 2015, Volume 35, 2015, (a paper based on a joint seminar of the American Bar Association's Forum on Construction Law and the Society of Construction Law, held in London on 3 March 2015)

Current Issues with Dispute Adjudication Boards, SCL paper D176, January 2015, (a paper presented at the American University in Cairo at a conference for the launch of the Society of Construction Law Egypt on October 22, 2014)

The Society of Construction Law Delay and Disruption Protocol: a retrospective analysis, 2015, 31 Construction Law Journal 69, (based on a paper presented at the Society of Construction Law International Conference, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on September 20, 2014)

Construction Adjudication: a Comparative Study between the Experiences in the United Kingdom and Australia, 2013, 29 Construction Law Journal 39

New Homes and Consumer Rights: England and Australia Compared, 2011, International Journal of Law in the Built Environment 269, (co-author with Professor Philip Britton)

Public Law and Statutory Adjudication, 2008, 24 Construction Law Journal 461 (awarded 1st prize in the SCL's 2007 Hudson Prize)

What Lies Beneath: Site Conditions and Contract Risk, 2007, International Construction Law Review 394 (awarded 1st prize in the SCL's 2006 Hudson Prize)

Awards and Recognition

Who's Who Legal as 'Arbitration - Future Leaders 2018'
'Julian Bailey has a well-established practice in the Middle East and enjoys a superb reputation for his 'cerebral' counsel in construction disputes.'

The Legal 500 EMEA 2017
'Julian Bailey is recommended for his 'encyclopaedic' knowledge of contentious construction issues.'

Chairman of the Society of Construction Law, UK, 2015-2016