“Julian's wide expertise in the industry brings with him an impeccable commercial acumen.” (Chambers UK 2023)
“Julian Bailey has proven time and again to be a reliable expert on all matters of construction law, and communicates his thoughts promptly, in a careful and considered manner, and without understatement of risk.” / “[He] is very customer-focused and very responsive with all queries. He is very personable and easy to work with — he always listens and understands first with clarifying questions and provides practical solutions.”
Legal 500 UK (Construction: Contentious / Construction: Non-Contentious) 2022
Julian Bailey is a partner in the London office of White & Case LLP, practising in the firm's International Arbitration and Construction and Engineering Groups. He advises on international construction and infrastructure projects across a variety of industries, including transport, oil & gas, power (including renewables), petrochemical, process plant, industrial, retail, residential, tourism, healthcare, mining, marine, insurance and defence. Julian has been active in relation to projects on most continents, representing sovereign governments, developers and contractors in large construction and engineering projects and disputes.
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. He is also the author of "Construction Law, London Publishing Partnership, 3rd ed 2020 (a three volume general text on construction law as it applies in England, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore, with an international outlook)", one of the leading books on construction law.
He is a Visiting Fellow at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College, London, and Adjunct Professor of Law at Hamad bin Khalifa University, Doha.
Representing a major international contractor in an ICC arbitration concerning an infrastructure project in Iraq. Approx €250m claimed, FIDIC Yellow Book (1999).
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.
Representing a West African company in an ICC arbitration concerning a roads project in a West African country. FIDIC Red Book 1987, approximately US$50m claimed.
Representing a National Oil Company subsidiary in a US$250m dispute concerning the construction of onshore infrastructure for an LNG facility.
Representing an international oil company in relation to numerous disputes arising under an EPC contract for an oil processing facility in Iraq.
Representing an international oil company in English High Court litigation concerning oil exploration in a block off the coast of Bangladesh.
Representing Hochtief in an appeal to the United Kingdom Supreme Court concerning the Glendoe Hydroelectric Project, Scotland.
Representing an Italian company in an ICC arbitration concerning the rehabilitation of airport runways in southern Africa.
Representing a Middle Eastern property developer in relation to a US$1bn dispute concerning the redevelopment of part of a capital city.
Representing a DBFO project company in TCC litigation concerning the defective design and construction of a road in North Wales.
Representing a project company in adjudication proceedings on various multi-million pound issues arising under a UK hospital PFI project agreement.
Representing a project company in adjudication proceedings concerning the development of the London Underground.
Construction Law, London Publishing Partnership, 3rd ed 2020 (a three volume general text on construction law as it applies in England, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore, with an international outlook)
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)
Visiting Fellow at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College, London
Adjunct Professor of Law at Hamad bin Khalifa University, Doha
"Julian Bailey has proven time and again to be a reliable expert on all matters of construction law, and communicates his thoughts promptly, in a careful and considered manner, and without understatement of risk" (The Legal 500 UK — Construction: Contentious, 2022)
"Julian Bailey is very customer-focused and very responsive with all queries. He is very personable and easy to work with — he always listens and understands first with clarifying questions and provides practical solutions." (The Legal 500 UK — Construction: Non-Contentious, 2022)
"Julian Bailey stands out among peers due to his deep expertise in construction matters, with one source adding, 'He is an intellectual leader in the field of construction law'" (Who's Who Legal — Construction: Future Leaders — Most Highly Regarded Partners, 2022)
Listed in The Lawdragon Global Litigation 500 (Lawdragon, 2021)
"Working with Julian is a pleasure: he is always available and very efficient with timelines and our needs" (The Legal 500 UK — Construction: Non-Contentious, 2021)
"Julian will always be friendly and approachable, but where he really stands out is his encyclopaedic knowledge of construction as well as the extensive experience he brings to any situation" (Chambers Global 2020)
"Julian Bailey brings brainpower and experience from a construction aspect. Impressive performer." (The Legal 500 UK – Construction: Contentious, 2020)
"'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 has a well-established practice in the Middle East and enjoys a superb reputation for his 'cerebral' counsel in construction disputes." (Who's Who Legal — Arbitration: Future Leaders, 2018)
"a virtuoso of construction law on an international scale" (Professor Doug S. Jones, International Construction Law Review, 2017)
"Julian Bailey is recommended for his 'encyclopaedic' knowledge of contentious construction issues" (The Legal 500 EMEA, 2017)
Chairman of the Society of Construction Law, UK, 2015 – 2016