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Edward can provide very sophisticated legal advice, but more importantly practical advice on how to deal with problems that emerge during a construction project.

Chambers UK 2024

Edward Corbett is acknowledged as one of the world’s most experienced international construction lawyers with an unsurpassed reputation as a FIDIC expert.

Edward has worked exclusively in construction law since 1984 and his experience includes contract drafting and procurement strategy as well as Dispute Boards, ICC arbitration, litigation and ADR. He has worked for contractors as well as for employers, funders and consultants. He regularly advises some of the world’s major employers and contractors and his current caseload involves projects in Europe, Africa, South Asia and the Middle East.

He has experience as an arbitrator and adjudicator on both UK and international disputes and is an accredited mediator. He was a FIDIC Certified Adjudicator (2021-2024).

Edward is the author of FIDIC 4th – A Practical Legal Guide and a contributor to FIDIC 2017 – A Practical Legal Guide. He has written many articles and papers dealing with aspects of international construction contracts. He was a founder of Construction Law International (CLInt). He has lectured extensively on construction law and in particular on FIDIC’s standard forms of contract. He was a FIDIC Certified Trainer (2022-2024).

Edward was named a Global Elite Thought Leader by Who’s Who Legal 2019 and described as “a heavyweight in the international construction field and the top name in Europe according to our research this year”. Sources say he is “the star player in the UK market”, with “knowledge that is next to none”. Edward has been recommended in the Legal 500 since 2006.

Edward runs and posts on the Cornerstone FIDIC Group on LinkedIn.

Recent work
  • Acting for Asian government in SIAC arbitrations on airport and water supply projects.
  • Acting for contractor in ICC arbitration relating to a defective sewer network.
  • Acting for contractor on hotel refurbishment dispute in Southern Europe.
  • Acting for government Employer in a series of Dispute Board referrals relating to port works.
  • Acting for subcontractor in an ICC arbitration relating to road works in Europe.
  • Acting as FIDIC expert in an ICSID arbitration relating to road works in Asia.
  • Acting as FIDIC adjudicator and arbitrator under ICC, LCIArb and other rules.
  • Advising on two transport mega-projects in Europe and Asia.

  • Ranked Band 1, Construction: International Arbitration, Chambers UK 2024
  • "He's approachable, easy to talk to and responsive." Chambers UK 2024
  • "Edward's insights are invaluable." Chambers UK 2024
  • Listed as recommended lawyer Construction (Contentious) Legal 500 UK 2023
  • "Edward Corbett has extensive experience in international infrastructure matters and construction contracts." Construction (Contentious) Legal 500 2023
  • Ranked as a notable practitioner in Band 1. “Edward Corbett is a distinguished construction disputes lawyer with extensive experience of international arbitration proceedings. He is especially well known for his expertise in matters involving Europe and is also adept at handling disputes arising out of construction projects in the Middle East and Asia”. “He is very knowledgeable concerning arbitrations and international construction contracts.” “Edward was very strong in terms of his contractual knowledge and ability to advise on the interplay of clauses with respect to the claim.” Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2022
  • Recognised as Band 1 in Construction: International Arbitration UK-wide, "Edward’s ability to analyse and solve legal and technical problems is impressive, and his performance in oral hearings is remarkable." Chambers & Partners UK 2023
  • “Edward Corbett is recognised for leading the team and advising ‘on high- profile’ and ‘sensitive infrastructure matters’." Construction (Contentious) Legal 500 2022

  • FIDIC 4th A Practical Guide (Sweet & Maxwell 1991) Author
  • FIDIC 2017 A Practical Legal Guide 2021, Co-author
  • Construction Law International, Founder
Did you know

Edward is an enthusiastic student of wine and golf. He has planted 100 vines in Oxfordshire and 2023 could be the first vintage. Handicap 30!

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