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Inside Construction and Infra is Herbert Smith Freehills' magazine for those involved in designing, procuring, building, owning or operating fixed assets. 

We are pleased to present our second issue, which offers our perspectives on global construction and infrastructure disputes.

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2017 has seen many developments in global construction and infrastructure, in many cases driven by political agenda, notably via China’s belt and road initiative. Issue 2 explores:

China’s belt and road initiative 

Unveiled in 2013, the One Belt One Road, or the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), has been a major focus for China and many other BRI countries. This article provides an overview of the BRI initiative.

High speed rail projects – risks and opportunities

Herbert Smith Freehills’ Tokyo office recently welcomed some 70 clients and industry professionals to its 8th Annual Construction Conference. The theme of this year's conference was the growing global focus on high speed rail projects.

Spotlight on: Peter Godwin Managing Partner - Kuala Lumpur

We focus on Peter Godwin, head of our market leading Asia Disputes practice. He has been based in Asia for 20 years and recently relocated from Tokyo to Kuala Lumpur to launch our new office. Peter, an arbitration specialist with expertise in construction and infrastructure disputes, provides us an insight into his career in Asia and the opportunities he sees in the Asia region.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative – opportunities and challenges for Australian contractors

This article further explores BRI projects and how uniformly they have an early focus on infrastructure, including ports, railways, airports and utilities.

Infrastructure trends and opportunities in Latin America – getting the show on the road

According to a recent report by the G20's Global Infrastructure Hub, the Americas ranks second to Asia as the region with the highest gap in infrastructure spending, being the difference between the current investment trends and actual needs – with much of that gap arising in Latin America. 

NEC4 – still at the edge of collaborative contracting

The launch of the new (fourth) edition of the New Engineering Contract (NEC) in June 2017, has been one of the most eagerly anticipated events of 2017 in the construction and engineering sector.

Spotlight on: Richard Wilkinson Partner, Projects, Melbourne

We showcase Richard Wilkinson, our highly sought after front end construction and infrastructure specialist, based in Melbourne, Australia.


Inside Construction and Infra showcases the expertise of our leading construction and infrastructure disputes lawyers, as they apply their expertise in that sector. The publication offers fresh perspectives on this rapidly changing industry, identifying current market trends and giving personal insights from our practitioners across the globe.

When disputes arise, our team has the experience and industry knowledge that is required to achieve the optimum outcome for our clients on complex, high value and often multi-jurisdictional disputes and all types of construction claims. We hope that Inside Construction and Infra will help our clients choose lawyers who truly understand their industry and their business and with whom they can build a successful and effective relationship.

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