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Victoria's knowledge was exemplary.

Chambers UK 2024

Victoria Tyson is an award-winning contentious construction lawyer with over 25 years’ experience in large, complex international construction and engineering disputes and arbitration. She has particular expertise in the FIDIC forms of construction contract.

Victoria represents employers (including governments and ministries), international contractors, and consultants. She has had exposure to many high-profile and often politically sensitive international construction and engineering projects.

She has been involved in a number of important FIDIC cases including Obrascon Huarte Lain SA v Her Majesty’s Attorney General for Gibraltar [2014] EWHC 1028 (TCC) and [2015] EWCA Civ 712.

Victoria is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and is in the Executive Group of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF) UK.

She is co-author of FIDIC 2017 A Practical Legal Guide.

Recent work
  • Airport - South Asia: SIAC arbitration against the contractor concerning the termination of a USD 60 million contract. (FIDIC Pink Book 2010)
  • Water Supply Project - South Asia: SIAC arbitration against the contractor pursuant to a USD 60 million contract to supply a capital city with 60% of its water. (FIDIC Pink Book 2010)
  • Port - Middle East: Dispute board proceedings against the contractor in relation to defects under a USD 100 million contract. (FIDIC Pink Book 2010)
  • Hydropower Project - Africa: Dispute board proceedings against the contractor on a circa €1 billion delay and disruption claim arising out of a €3.5 billion contract. (FIDIC Silver Book 1999) 
  • Hotel - Mediterranean Europe: Advising the employer in relation to defects on a €140 million mixed-use development. (FIDIC Yellow Book 1999)

  • Listed as Up and Coming, Construction: International Arbitration, Chambers UK 2024 – "an experienced construction arbitrator with particular expertise in FIDIC contract disputes" – "Victoria's knowledge was exemplary"
  • Legal 500 2024, Construction (Contentious) – "proficiency in handling large and complex international construction and engineering disputes and arbitration" – "possessing deep knowledge of FIDIC contracts"
  • Legal 500 2020, Construction (Contentious) – "smart and smooth", forming the "perfect power package" with Edward Corbett
  • Best Woman in Construction Law 2019 – The European Women in Construction and Engineering (WICE) Awards
  • Legal 500 2019, Construction (Contentious) – "diligent and considered approach"
  • Legal 500 2018, Construction (Contentious) – "great experience and very good time management"

  • Corbett & Co, FIDIC 2017 A Practical Legal Guide (2020 Corbett & Co) Chapters 3, 15, 16, 21
  • Corbett & Co, Construction Law At Large: (2023) FIDIC 2022 Reprints: 10 Key Areas of Change in the FIDIC Red Book 2017; (2022) Escalating construction costs under FIDIC: is Sub-Clause 13.8 an answer?; (2022) ‘The Dangers of Set Off in your FIDIC Contract’; (2021) ‘Changing Tack’; (2020); ‘FIDIC’s Golden Principles’; (2017) ‘The Employer’s Agent’; (2016) ‘Murphy’s Law’; (2015) ‘Employers Beware’
  • IBA Construction Law International, Soaring Global Construction Costs under FIDIC - Whose Risk? (Vol 18 No 1, March 2023)
  • Lexis PSL. (2016, 2017, 2021, 2022 and 2023 Lexis PSL) – numerous papers on FIDIC. Most recently, FIDIC contracts—introduction to the FIDIC Green Book 2021 (Jan 2023)
  • Infrastructure Global, A Perfect Storm of Costs, Risk and Potential Presents Legal Challenges (Nov 2022)
  • Lukas Klee, International Construction Contract Law (2018 Wiley Blackwell) In-Text Vignette: Employer’s Notices, page 369
  • Institution of Civil Engineers, eLearning Course (2016 and 2018 ICE) The Law of Contract; The Law of Tort; The Law of Evidence; Health & Safety; Promotion Tendering Procedure and Documentation; The Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (as amended by the LDEDCA 2009)
  • International Construction Law Review, ‘Light At The End Of The Tunnel? Gibraltar Dispute Reviews Key FIDIC Yellow Book Provisions’ (ICLR 2014) page 506
Did you know

Victoria plays (field) hockey and once sang backing vocals for Lulu.

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