Patrick Lane SC

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Patrick “has a depth of procedural knowledge that is unmatched”.
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Prior to being called to the Bar in 1977, Patrick Lane SC served his articles of clerkship at a leading Johannesburg firm of Attorneys during which time he passed the Attorney’s admission examinations and qualified and was admitted as an Attorney.

Fields of practice comprehend a specialization of Construction, Arbitration Law and Adjudication and generally in Contract, Commercial Insolvency, Professional Negligence, Banking, Insurance, IT, Landlord and Tenant and Mining Law.

A specialisation in Construction Law has involved all aspects of Construction Claims and Contracts for both Employers and Contractors including disputes in relation to dams, roads, power stations, airports, air force bases, harbours, pipelines (offshore and onshore), buildings, bridges, aluminium refractories, hospitals, railway lines, cement filtration plants, sports stadiums, hotels, conveyors, heap leach pads, electrical installations, acid plants, crushing plants, paving, tunneling, water reticulation, water proofing, geotechnical and geological issues, mechanical engineering contracts, sulphuric acid plants, trains, dredging, issues relating to concrete, piping and instrumentation, elevators, reinforcement, post-tension slabs, foundations, factories, multi project terminals and design.

He has received numerous appointments to act as arbitrator in relation to both domestic and international arbitrations both in South Africa and abroad and has chaired and been a member of a number of Dispute Adjudication Boards. He has been counsel in and a member of the tribunal under EU, ICC, DIAC, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules.  He is presently chairing the Dispute Adjudication Boards on the Berg River Dam, Nampula (Mozambique) Water Reticulation Upgrades, Kusile and Medupi Power Stations and the SANRAL Road Upgrading.

He has published a number of articles in The International Construction Law Review, Construction Law Journal, DIAC Journal and Arbitration and has given papers at numerous conferences at the invitation of, amongst others, the ICC, the CIArb, LCIA, DIAC, Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa) and AFSA. He has also tutored in construction and arbitration law at the invitation of Kings College London, CIArb and AFSA.

He has lectured on Arbitration and the FIDIC suite of documents for the Dubai International Arbitration Centre and Kings College, London and runs a course on Construction Arbitration for the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa.


Patrick has been involved in various claims relating to: Airports; Runways; Buildings; Roads; Stadiums; Power stations; Acid plants; Pressure vessels; Pipe liners, above land and marine; Railways; Platforms; Mining; Tunnelling; Dams; Factories; Hospitals; Earthworks; Geo-technical; Civil; Mechanical; Professional negligence; Electrical engineering (Dredging; Harbours; Bridges; Cement filtration plants; Hotels; Conveyors; Heap leach; Aluminium refractories; Electrical installation; Waterproofing; Concrete; Elevators; Multi product terminals; Casinos Crushing plants – relating to: (Design and construction and included claims. The dispute included claims for payment, re-measurement, extensions of time, disruption and delay, loss of profit, damages, interdicts, interim measures, specific performance and performance guarantees).
In addition to bespoke contracts, Patrick has an intimate knowledge of: FIDIC; NEC; JCJ; JBCC; ICE

Aviation & Aerospace

Design and construction of runways including geo-technical and pavement issues. Cases involved claims arising out of professional negligence, disruption, delay and variations.


He is recommended in the Legal 500 for Commercial Arbitration

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