Partner – Construction, Engineering & Projects
Sarah has built a strong reputation with over 20 years’ experience in construction, engineering, infrastructure and energy projects both in the UK and internationally. She has acted for multinationals, PLCs, SMEs and high net worth individuals in advising on a wide range of bespoke and standard form contracts including JCT, NEC, ICE, RIBA, ACE and FIDIC. Sarah represents all members of the construction supply chain to ensure that commercial, strategic and financial objectives are met.
Sarah’s work encompasses the full spectrum of contractual negotiation, risk management and live project advice through to dispute avoidance and dispute resolution. She is particularly adept at assisting contractors involved in claims concerning defects, payment termination and final account issues. She has expertise in ADR (negotiation, mediation, expert determination), adjudication, TCC litigation and domestic and international arbitration. Her international arbitration expertise covers disputes in Europe, West Africa and the UAE conducted under ICC, LCIA, LMAA and DIFC-LCIA as well as ad hoc rules.
Sarah has extensive City firm experience, having worked during her career for Hogan Lovells, Ashurst and most recently, Charles Russell Speechlys.
In addition to her client work, Sarah is Co-Chair of Constructing Excellence (Surrey), a member of Arbitral Women and a mentor on their current mentoring programme. Sarah is also a regular presenter of seminars and webinars, writer of articles and a qualified business coach.
Recognition for Spencer West lawyers in Chambers and Partners UK 2022 listings
We are delighted that our lawyers have been individually ranked in the Chambers and Partners UK 2022 guide. Chambers and...News | Posted: 28 Oct 2021
Our Construction Partner Sarah Evans is published in key industry title PBC Today
Our Construction Partner Sarah Evans has had an article published in PBC Today, a key industry title focusing on construction,...Press | Posted: 21 May 2021
"Sarah is responsive to client needs, proactive in her approach and strategy when dealing with complex matters, and adept at refining the issues and principal arguments."
"She has a great manner and is a pleasure to work with. She really knows her stuff and is good at managing client expectations."
"Sarah is an experienced litigator. She handles situations with sensitivity and is very effective in doing so." Sarah Evans is a stand out performer. Very client focused and a solid strategist."
"She excels in her advice and provides reasoned and realistic alternative views"
"Valued for her "excellent negotiation skills"
Clients praise "her thoroughness, responsiveness and clarity of advice"
"She stood out because she took the lead in managing a process with so many moving parts"
- Charles Russell Speechlys
- Thomas Eggar
- Hogan Lovells
My focus is on adding maximum value to clients by providing clear advice to meet their objectives; particularly in managing risk to avoid disputes or by resolving them in the most timely and cost effective manner.