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About Madalena

Madalena (Maddie) Houlihan advises clients on international arbitration and litigation, primarily in the energy sector. She has represented oil and gas and construction clients in High Court proceedings and arbitrations under the ICC and LCIA rules on matters related to joint operating agreements, FPSO service and charter agreements and large-scale infrastructure projects.

Prior to joining Bracewell, Madalena was an associate and trainee in the London office of a large international law firm.



University of Law, London,
L.L.M., L.P.C.
University of Exeter,
LL.B. (Hons)

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


Portuguese – native speaker
Basic Spanish


Lex Anglo-Brasil, Executive Committee



Good Faith in English Contract Law


Under English law, there is no general doctrine of good faith. This means that there is no general obligation to act in good faith during the negotiation of commercial contracts. The exceptions to this rule include where (a) the contract contains an express duty of good faith; (b) there is a contractual discretion and a term of good faith may be implied; or (c) the agreement in question is a ‘relational’ contract giving rise to an implied term of good faith. The term that will be implied will depend on the express provision in question, and the contract as a whole.