Jo Clarke is a partner who focuses on international construction and engineering disputes. She has particular expertise in complex international arbitration and FIDIC contracts.

Jo provides advice and representation to clients involved in international construction and engineering disputes, before and after formal proceedings are commenced.

Her primary focus is international arbitration but she also acts for clients involved in other forms of dispute resolution including dispute boards and mediation.

Jo has particular experience of and expertise in the FIDIC forms of contract and often advises clients on issues and disputes arising out of contracts based on the FIDIC conditions.

She has over 23 years of experience of dispute resolution across a broad range of projects such as power and energy (including hydro and wind), civil engineering (including road and rail construction and rehabilitation), mechanical and electrical engineering, complex building and infrastructure, and hotel development.

She has acted for employers, developers, lenders, contractors, subcontractors, construction professionals and insurers across different jurisdictions in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Jo is a solicitor and solicitor advocate. She has an LLB and LLM, a Diploma in International Arbitration and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Jo has experience as an international arbitrator.

With colleagues, Jo is co-author of 'FIDIC 2017 A Practical Legal Guide'.

As well as London, Jo has worked in Paris and Brussels and is a French speaker.

Recent work
  • Acting for a subcontractor in an ICC arbitration relating to a road construction and rehabilitation project in the Balkans (subcontract based on FIDIC Red Book 1999).
  • Acting for an employer on issues and disputes relating to a hydropower scheme and collapsed transfer and head race tunnels in Europe. 
  • Acting for an employer in an ICC arbitration relating to the design, supply and installation of new process plant for a facility in Europe (contract based on FIDIC Yellow Book 1999).
  • Acting for an employer on issues and disputes relating to a hydropower scheme in east Africa (contract based on FIDIC Silver Book 1999).  
  • Acting for a contractor in dispute board proceedings and an ICC arbitration relating to a rail rehabilitation project in eastern Europe (contract based on FIDIC Red Book 1999). 
  • Acting for a contractor in an ICC arbitration relating to a baggage handling system at a European airport.

  • Legal 500 2024, Construction (Contentious) – 'proficiency in handling large and complex international construction and engineering disputes and arbitration" – "possessing deep knowledge of FIDIC contracts'
  • Finalist 'Best Woman in Construction Law 2023' - The European Women in Construction and Engineering (WICE) Awards
  • Legal 500 UK 2023, Contentious (Construction) - 'Joanne Clarke has a highly methodical approach and has a talent for finding the key information necessary to unlocking any issue'
  • Legal 500 UK 2023, Contentious (Construction) - Recommended as a key lawyer

  • 'Soaring global construction costs under FIDIC: whose risk?' in Construction Law International, Vol 18, Issue 1, March 2023 (co-author with Victoria Tyson)
  • 'Covid-19 and FIDIC contracts: protections and entitlements' in Construction Law International, Vol 15, Issue 3, September 2000
  • 'Design obligations in design-build contracts - recurring issues' [2019] ICLR 484 (co-author with Andrew Tweeddale)
  • 'Corbett & Co. FIDIC 2017 A Practical Legal Guide' (2020 Corbett & Co) Chapters 1 and 2
  • Corbett & Co. Construction Law At Large: 'Where do FIDIC Cases Go' (2015); 'Third Party Funding' (2017); 'Mistake in English Law – Two Recent Cases' (2017); 'Protection in FIDIC' (2019); 'Pay Attention Bond!' (2020); 'Feedstock v. Performance in FIDIC' (2020); 'COVID-19 and FIDIC Contracts' (2020); 'Subject to Contract in English Law' (2021); 'Funding in International Arbitration' (2022); 'Price escalation and FIDIC: is Force Majeure an answer' (2022).
Did you know

Jo loves running and once ran in a cross country race with Zola Budd (who was very far ahead). As a party trick she can mirror write with both hands simultaneously.

International construction knowledge hub

Our international construction team provides useful analysis, commentary and updates on everything FIDIC related from arbitration to bonds. The hub is searchable by book colour and specific clauses in the FIDIC 1999 and 2017 contracts.



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