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Rupert Sydenham


Rupert Sydenham

Rupert Sydenham has advised on legal issues arising from construction projects for over 20 years. He brings a wealth of experience in helping clients ensure projects are put and stay on track and, where disputes are unavoidable, in the conduct of formal and informal dispute resolution proceedings. His experience derives from projects in many different sectors and jurisdictions, including from a 10 year period between 1998 and 2008 in which he was based in the firm's Hong Kong office. In addition, Rupert runs a procurement disputes practice. He has represented clients in several of the highest profile procurement cases reported in England over the past few years.

Rupert wins praise for his 'good analytical skills'


Representative experience

Advising contractor of a prototype nuclear fusion plant in Asia in High Court proceedings against a key supplier and conducting an early case assessment.

Advising the developer of a property development in the Moscow region in LCIA arbitration proceedings in respect of a dispute relating to the project.

Advising contractor under a major PPP contract for maintenance/upgrading of substantial and aging transport infrastructure in England on sets of adjudication proceedings.

Advising air traffic controller in High Court against Gatwick Airport regarding air navigation services procurement contract, in rare decision, High Court upheld contract award suspension.

Advising facilities manager in High Court proceedings against government department in respect of procurement, under five contracts, of facilities management services for the department's estate.

Advising rolling stock provider in High Court proceedings against operator of flagship rail route in respect of procurement of contract for new rolling stock.

Advising contractor of large waste to energy power station regarding substantial time/money claims brought by numbers of subcontractors and defending claims in rapid adjudication proceedings.

Advising the project owner for two hydroelectric projects in Turkey on issues relating to the design and construction of the projects, including time and the owner's entitlement to terminate.

Education and admissions


  • Law Society Finals, The College of Law, Chester
  • Common Professional Examination, Middlesex University
  • MA Mathematics, University of Cambridge, Corpus Christi College

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