Senior Associate

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Irvine H. Chiwara

Year of Registration: 2016

Qualifications: LL.B Law (UK), LL.M in Commercial Law (UK)

Main areas of Practice

Project Development and Finance, Construction Law and Commercial Litigation  Irvine works on all aspects of the development, acquisition, disposal and funding of energy and infrastructure projects, and in mining. Irvine is a key member of the Projects Team, which is currently involved in advising a number of Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in solar and hydro projects.  Irvine also gained extensive experience in Construction law during the five years he spent at Crossrail, a 15 billion pound project for the construction of underground train stations across London. In particular, Irvine is adept at advising on issues arising both during the life of a project and following completion including advice relating to contract interpretation, variations, delay and disruption, defective works, extensions of time, termination of contracts and professional negligence.  In litigation, Irvine has demonstrated that he is equally comfortable appearing as sole counsel or being led by senior counsel in substantial, complex and high value litigation in the High Court and the Supreme Court. Irvine seeks to approach complex transactions and disputes proactively, creatively and quickly, to never be beaten on the law, and to argue forcefully but with charm.  By way of background, Irvine has a Masters in Commercial Law in which he took first class passes in banking law, corporate finance law, advanced contract law and company law. Irvine was awarded the prestigious Jules Thorn scholarship by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in the United Kingdom. He also won a national law essay competition run by 7 Bedford Row Chambers, London; the Niall Fergusson Essay Prize in 2008, and was a runner up in the Deutsche Bank Commercial Law Essay competition in 2009. Irvine also served as an elected School Governor of Gordon’s primary school in Eltham, London, UK from 2013 to 2015.