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Craig Shepherd

Craig Shepherd

Global Head of Contentious Construction and Infrastructure, Head of Middle East Disputes

Global Head of Contentious Construction and Infrastructure, Head of Middle East Disputes.



Craig has helped clients resolve some of the most high profile disputes in the Middle East.  He has 25 years of experience in arbitration and litigation in the infrastructure sector, 20 years of which have been spent in the firm's international offices solving clients' problems in challenging jurisdictions. Craig regularly assists clients in power and water projects, oil and gas infrastructure and disputes under EPC contracts, off-take agreements and concessions for all types of built asset.

Craig's infrastructure clients include the private developers of multiple Middle Eastern power and water generation plants, the developers of deslination and steam plants and the private and public sector developers of some of the world's highest profile building projects.  He advises the contractors building a number of the new railway projects and power and water projects throughout the Middle East and the Maghreb.  

Craig represents banks and financial institutions in court and arbitration proceedings, major defence contractors in the resolution of multi-million dollar disputes with Middle East Governments, IOCs with drilling disputes and contractors designing and building oil and gas facilities around the region.

Sitting as an arbitrator, appearing as counsel, and described by Legal 500 as a "tactical master" Craig is listed in the Chambers, Legal 500 and Who's Who Legal guides variously for arbitration, construction and dispute resolution.

Craig’s experience includes:

  • acting for the developer of a 1,234 MW / 48 MIGD power and water in disputes with both its off taker and its EPC contractor
  • representing the contractors of two major rail projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • appearing for the developers of a 191,000 m3/D reverse osmosis water plant in an arbitration with its EPC contractor 
  • advising a Middle East government on issues arising from defects in one of the tallest developments in the region
  • assisting the contractors on two of the strategic projects from the Iraqi Ministry of Oil’s Master Plan.