Shan Greer

Partner – Construction and Infrastructure Projects and Disputes, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Shan Greer

Shan Greer

Partner – Construction and Infrastructure Projects and Disputes, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Shan Greer is an international lawyer with over twenty years’ experience advising clients on a wide variety of commercial transactions and disputes with specific expertise in construction law. Known for a practical and commercially sensitive approach to handling matters, Shan Greer has successfully handled commercial transactions and disputes across multiple jurisdictions in the Caribbean, Europe and North America. She first qualified and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in England and has a Masters from King’s College London in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution. She is also admitted to practice in Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Belize.

Over the past ten years, Shan Greer’s practice has been Caribbean focused with her clients benefiting from her regional knowledge and international expertise. She has advised on numerous large infrastructure and construction projects for state-owned enterprises, international investors, joint venture partners and regional consultants under which the parties used bespoke or FIDIC, JCT and NEC standard forms of contract. In addition to her work within the construction and infrastructure sector, Shan Greer has also represented clients in matters relating to oil and gas, hotel development and gaming, banking and finance as well as energy and telecommunication.

Shan Greer regularly acts as an arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator in ad hoc, institutional, international and domestic arbitrations in both civil and common law jurisdictions. She is currently named to the rosters of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre, Dispute Resolution Centre in Trinidad and Tobago, Dispute Resolution Association in St. Lucia and the Jamaica International Arbitration Centre. The island of Saint Lucia nominated Shan Greer for inclusion on the CARICOM Secretariat’s List of Arbitrators and Conciliators established pursuant to the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. Recently, she was appointed by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in an international oil and gas dispute.

Shan Greer frequently writes on issues relating to construction law and dispute resolution. She often speaks at international and Caribbean conferences on issues relating to construction law and dispute resolution. Recently, she was invited to speak at the AfAA Annual Arbitration Conference in Rwanda and AtlAs Arbitration Conference in Atlanta. Shan Greer is passionate about education, particularly in the Caribbean region. She not only co-founded the Caribbean ADR Initiative, a nonprofit promoting the use of ADR in the Caribbean, but is a past Chair and current Education Director for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Caribbean Branch. Both these roles have afforded her the opportunity to share her expertise and experience with other Caribbean professionals with the view to building capacity in the region.

Relevant Experience

  • Counsel representing a Caribbean government entity in an international arbitration brought by an Italian construction company under the Procedural Rules on Conciliation and Arbitration of Contract financed by the European Development Fund in an extension of time and loss and expense claim valued at approximately 5 Million Euros
  • Counsel in two related international arbitrations with respect to the construction of a landfill/recycling project in the Caribbean. The arbitrations consisted of multimillion-dollar disputes between two JV partner contractors, an international funder and government entity under the FIDIC Red Book standard form of contract for claims involving unforeseen ground conditions, defective design/construction works, loss and expense as well as extensions of time
  • Chairperson of a three-person tribunal in an international oil and gas arbitration between international companies operating in Thailand
  • Member of a three-person tribunal in an international arbitration over obligations arising under a construction agreement for a hotel development in the Caribbean
  • Member of a two-person tribunal, appointed by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, in an oil and gas dispute relating to the party’s obligations under an operating agreement
  • Mediator in a class-action suit by members of a homeowner association against a property developer for defective works in the construction of multiple middle-income residential homes
  • Solicitor acting on behalf of client companies in the negotiation and preparation of contract documents for the construction of two wind farms in Northern England and Mongolia, China
  • Solicitor advising a sea and airport authority on the procurement and preparation of construction documents for the design and construction of an international airport in the Caribbean
  • Solicitor engaged by a consulting engineering firm to prepare various construction documents including professional appointments, collateral warranties, and special conditions for the construction of an eco-park in the island of Tobago



Shan is an excellent, personable construction lawyer who worked effectively with us through our construction challenges. Her advice allowed us to avoid a costly dispute and get our project back on track.

Shan brought to the table a deep understanding of construction law which, coupled with her business mind, enabled her to assist us in managing the risks associated with our construction project. She was available throughout the entire project, which allowed us to manage and minimize the risk of disputes.



Specialisms

Commercial dispute resolution, arbitration, adjudication, construction claims, construction and engineering contracts, renewable energy projects, procurement

Qualifications and Professional Bodies

  • MSc (Const Law), LLB (Hons) Lond. FCIArb

    • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Education and Membership Committee
    • Past Chair of the Caribbean Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    • Member of Arbitral Women
    • Member of the King’s College Construction Law Association
    • President of the Dispute Resolution Association in St. Lucia

Career

  • Floissac Fleming & Associates, St. Lucia
  • Burges Salmon LLP, Bristol, England

Shan says...

My goal is to offer demonstrable value to my clients’ businesses through pragmatic advice and representation, which results in the successful closing of their commercial transactions or the cost-effective resolution of their disputes.