A team from Three Crowns will be participating in a debate at the SCL-India Conference 2021: Construction Law and Arbitration: The Way Forward, hosted by the Society of Construction Law, India.

Scott Vesel and Simon Elliot will sit on the tribunal with Shaneen Parikh of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. Penny Martin will moderate the debate.

The debaters, Nakul Dewan of Twenty Essex and Anneliese Day QC of Fountain Court Chambers, will be debating the motion “This house believes that specialised construction courts are better suited for resolving construction disputes as compared to arbitration”.

The Oxford-style debate will take place virtually on Saturday 11 December from 4:00 – 5:00pm IST (10:30 – 11:30am GMT).

To find out more and to register, click here.


Scott, a partner in the firm’s Bahrain office, has a decade and a half of experience handling complex international investment and commercial arbitrations in the oil and gas, construction, energy, mining, technology, and agribusiness sectors. In addition to his private practice in international arbitration, he has served as an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of State and in an international organisation. He is qualified as an attorney in New York and as a barrister in England & Wales.

Scott has been recognised in various publications, including Who’s Who Legal every year since 2016, The Legal 500 UK Arbitration Powerlist 2019, and Lawdragon’s 2021 Global Litigation 500.


Simon is a partner in the Paris office. He has provided advice and representation in numerous proceedings conducted under the rules of the major arbitral institutions and ad hoc, with a particular focus on disputes arising out of large infrastructure, and other major, projects involving disputed technical, delay, and quantum-related issues.  Simon is qualified in New Zealand, England & Wales, and France.

Simon is described in The Legal 500 as a “rising star” and clients laud his “impressive ability to deep dive into highly complex, technical issues” and turn them into “elegant and powerful arguments”.


Penny is counsel in the London office. She has substantial experience in international commercial arbitration, public international law, and international human rights law. Her primary focus has been on energy-related disputes, including disputes relating to long-term oil and gas agreements (including environmental, abandonment and decommissioning, and cost recovery issues), renewable energy, gas pricing, licensing, and intellectual property. Penny is admitted to practice in England and Wales and Victoria, Australia.

Penny was named a “Rising Star” in International Arbitration in The Legal 500 UK 2021 and 2022 editions.

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