Clifford Chance has hired a major projects and contentious construction partner to join its Perth, Australia, practice as clients’ transition to renewable energy, creating a need for risk mitigation strategies.
Spencer Flay, who joins from Corrs Chambers Westgarth, has 20 years of experience and advises developers, principals, project sponsors and contractors on dispute management and resolution arising from projects in the natural resources, oil and gas, and infrastructure development sectors.
He has represented clients on significant arbitration and litigation matters across the United Kingdom, Middle East, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.
“We continue to see high levels of infrastructure and construction disputes across the Asia Pacific region, with many major projects facing delays due to the pandemic,” Nish Shetty, head of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice in the Asia Pacific, said in a statement.
At the same time, energy and resources clients are accelerating their transition to renewables, which creates a need for sophisticated risk mitigation and management advice, Shetty said.
“Spencer has an excellent track record advising all types of market participants on managing and mitigating their risk in complex international projects,” Shetty added.
A Corrs spokesperson said of the departure: “We wish Spencer all the best for the future and thank him for his time with Corrs.”