Firms To Watch: Construction

Vinson & Elkins LLP‘s construction team primarily handles contentious engineering and construction matters in the UAE and across the wider Middle East region. Nabeel Ikram is the key name to note.

Construction in United Arab Emirates

Clyde & Co LLP

Boasting a strong reputation in the education, energy, healthcare, and transportation sectors, Clyde & Co LLP is home to a ‘stellar team of lawyers’. ‘Exceptional practitioner’ Michael Grose is geared to handle the gamut of contentious and non-contentious construction matters, and co-leads the team with Mark Blanksby, who is a key contact for contractors, subcontractors, and employers. Alexa Hall is noted for her capabilities in drafting and negotiating international construction contracts, while Jeremy Munce is particularly active in the mining, property, and public infrastructure spaces.

Responsables de la pratique:

Michael Grose; Mark Blanksby

Autres avocats clés:

Alexa Hall; Jeremy Munce; Nerissa Loong

Les références

‘Clyde & Co has a stellar team of lawyers based in Dubai.’

‘The team secures high profile appointments on the most prestigious projects in the region.’

‘Very systematic, organised, and well-resourced.’

Principaux dossiers

DLA Piper

Often handling energy, healthcare, and transport projects, DLA Piper is praised for its ‘wealth of knowledge’, and is well-equipped to represent clients on the full spectrum of contentious construction matters. Lauded as a ‘valuable asset’, Andrew Mackenzie, who is proficient in engineering disputes, co-leads the team with Robert Harker. Suzannah Newboult specialises in the oil and gas as well as utility sectors, while Adam Haque often handles renewable energy mandates. Terrick McCallum is experienced before ADGM and DIFC courts, and Kara Henderson-Price is another name to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Robert Harker; Andrew Mackenzie

Autres avocats clés:

Suzannah Newboult; Adam Haque; Terrick McCallum; Kara Henderson-Price

Les références

‘Proactive and strategic services, with an understanding of the client’s goals and incentives which often go beyond the legal position.’

‘The construction team has a wealth of knowledge in complex offshore windfarm disputes and worked together collaboratively.’

‘Excellent legal advice but also valuable commercial advice to assist with settlement discussions. The team is responsive to tight timelines which was very helpful in the circumstances.’

Principaux clients

Bee’ah (Sharjah Environment Co. LLC)


Dutco Construction Co. LLC


DBB Contracting LLC

BAM Higgs & Hill LLC

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Bee’ah (Sharjah Environment Co. LLC) on the construction and export credit financing of its new headquarters building in Sharjah.
  • Represented BAM Higgs & Hill LLC (BAM) in proceedings against Affan Innovative Structures LLC following subcontractor agreement disputes.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Lauded for its ‘outstanding construction experience and expertise’, Pinsent Masons LLP is well regarded for its infrastructure, power, and water project capabilities. Mark Raymont is proficient in ‘high-value and complex project related disputes’, while Tim Armsby leads the firm’s finance and projects team. Jed Savager is commended for his ‘well thought out, practical advice’ and is experienced before the ICC, DIAC, and LIAC. Nesreen Osman handles construction and engineering disputes in the infrastructure and energy sectors, Faisal Attia counts public and private entities on his client roster, and Nick Tolley ‘combines legal acumen with great client skills’.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Raymont; Tim Armsby

Autres avocats clés:

Jed Savager; Nesreen Osman; Faisal Attia; Nick Tolley; Jeremy Speller; Gurmeet Kaur; Nhlanhla Tshabalala

Les références

‘Outstanding construction experience and expertise, as well as knowledge of the market.’

‘A length of experience in construction disputes, with a breadth of resources to draw upon.’

‘This is a diverse, collegiate, and cohesive team.’

Principaux clients

Samsung Engineering Company Limited

CNIM Construction LLC

Amaala Company Group

Larsen & Toubro Group

Mitsubishi Group

Shanghai Electric Group

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Acciona Agua SA

Grupo Cobra

National Centre for Privatization

Advanced Technology Development (ATD)

European Bank for Reconstruction

Metito Utilities Limited

EDF Group

Emaar Development Limited

Mowasalat (Karwa) Q.P.S.C

Veolia Group

Bouygues Batiment International

Arabian BEMCO Contracting Co. Lit

MCC Huatin Engineering & Technology

CGGC International Limited


MKM Commercial Holdings LLC

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented a property developer in arbitration involving claims/counterclaims concerning delays and cost overruns for infrastructure work.
  • Represented an international contractor acting as a sub-contractor in three arbitrations arising from oil and gas project.
  • Advising NEPCO on a range of contractual matters relating to Jordan’s energy infrastructure.

Reed Smith

Bolstered by its international network, Reed Smith is geared to represent clients in cross-border construction litigation and arbitration. On the non-contentious side, the ‘top tier team with an abundance of knowledge’, handles sizeable UAE projects. Commended for his ‘wealth of knowledge’, Sachin Kerur oversees the team and advises public and private entities on infrastructure and development projects across India and the Middle East. Michelle Nelson has a strong track record in DIAC, ICC, and LCIA arbitration proceedings, while Chris Edwards handles the negotiation of project and construction agreements.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sachin Kerur

Autres avocats clés:

Michelle Nelson; Chris Edwards; Alison Eslick; Laura Adams

Les références

‘A top tier team with an abundance of knowledge.’

‘Industry knowledge, contract expertise, as well as risk mitigation and dispute resolution skills.’

‘Sachin Kerur is my go-to for all things construction. He is commercially savvy and has a wealth of knowledge.’

Principaux dossiers

White & Case LLP

A key contact for employment and public sector clients, White & Case LLP is noted for its capabilities across the infrastructure and power sectors. 'Very knowledgeable in his field', Michael Turrini leads the department, and Ibaad Hakim is an experienced name in construction matters across Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. Habeeb Rahman is proficient in the development and financing of infrastructure, oil and gas, as well as petrochemical projects. Aimy Roshan is experienced in ADGM and DIFC court proceedings, while Sarah Hudson’s recent caseload encompasses pre-dispute advice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Michael Turrini

Autres avocats clés:

Ibaad Hakim; Habeeb Rahman; Aimy Roshan; Sarah Hudson

Les références

‘The firm comes with huge credentials as a major player in the industry.’

‘The partners understood our business.’

‘A very knowledgeable team.’

Principaux clients

The Red Sea Development Company

Saudi Power Procurement Company (SPPC)

Saudi Aramco

Etihad Rail

Rua al Madinah Holding Co.

Diriyah Gate Development Company

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) on the Mirfa 2 RO Independent Water Project.
  • Advising Rua al Madina Holding Company on the development of a real estate project in Al-Madina Al Munawarah (Madina).

A&O Shearman

Frequently representing contractors and employers, A&O Shearman handles domestic and international power, real estate, as well as oil and gas project developments. Alex Bevan leads the team and is supported by David Hume, both of whom are vastly experienced in construction arbitration proceedings.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alex Bevan

Autres avocats clés:

David Hume

Principaux clients

Obrascon Huarte Lain

Orascom Construction

Qatar Building Company

Samsung C&T Corporation

ENKA İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş.

Principaux dossiers

Addleshaw Goddard

With a regional footprint, Addleshaw Goddard is experienced in DIAC, ICC, and LCIA construction arbitration proceedings. The practice is also well equipped to handle airport, hotel, infrastructure, power plant, and transport development projects. Bevan Farmer specialises in contentious engineering matters, while Stephen Burke is particularly proficient in EPC disputes arising from infrastructure projects. James Macdonald handles mixed-use developments across Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

Responsables de la pratique:

Stephen Burke; Bevan Farmer

Autres avocats clés:

James Macdonald; Stephanie Collins

Les références

‘Their team exhibits a combination of legal prowess and a deep commitment to their clients.’

‘Stephen Burke is an exceptional partner. He is approachable, commercially sensible, and focused on delivering high quality legal work.’

‘Its extensive knowledge of the law is complemented by a genuine passion for delivering impeccable service.’

Principaux dossiers


A key port of call for contractors, developers, governments, and sponsors on infrastructure projects, Ashurst is particularly active in the oil and gas sector. Additionally, the practice’s broad caseload encompasses PFPs, PPPs, project bidding, as well as construction arbitration, litigation, and mediation. A duo of lawyers jointly lead the department: Luke Robottom is often engaged in transactional construction matters, while Cameron Cuffe handles contentious matters across the energy and transport sectors. Jason Gouveia is knowledgeable of social infrastructure, and Yvonne Cross is also a key member of the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Luke Robottom; Cameron Cuffe

Autres avocats clés:

Jason Gouveia; Yvonne Cross

Principaux clients

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

Dubai Municipality


Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC)

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA)


Principaux dossiers

  • Advised on the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of sub-sea power transmission systems (Project Lightning).
  • Advising EWEC and Tadweer in relation to the structuring and procurement of a waste-to-energy facility to be developed in the Abu Dhabi.
  • Advising ADNOC on the development, procurement, and transfer of an independent water treatment and transportation system.

Beale & Company Solicitors LLP

The ‘knowledgeable, responsive, and pragmatic’ practice Beale & Company Solicitors LLP is geared to handle construction contract formation, joint ventures, and procurement. Managing partner Claire Miller’s practice encompasses construction arbitration proceedings, while Lyndon Richards is praised for his ‘strong working knowledge’. Jeremy Russell, who has a breadth of experience across a range of dispute forums, is also a key member of the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Claire Miller; Lyndon Richards

Autres avocats clés:

Jeremy Russell

Les références

‘Its responsiveness and knowledge of the construction industry and dispute resolution in the Middle East means it is our go to law firm.’

‘The attorneys are exceptional. They are knowledgeable, responsive, and pragmatic.’

‘Beale and Co has lawyers who are authentic thought leaders in construction and in dispute resolution, even more so in alternative dispute resolution.’

Principaux clients

AECOM Middle East

Al Naboodah

ALEC Engineering & Contracting LLC

WS Atkins & Partners Middle East (part of SNC Lavalin)

Depa Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised a construction company in the UAE on the construction of a leisure facility, valued at 2$bn.
  • Advising a construction company in the UAE on an arbitration in relation to a successful claim for circa $200m.
  • Advising a construction company in the UAE on the defence of a claim for circa $150m arising from delay, variations, and alleged defects on a construction project in Dubai.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

A ‘hard-working team with strong legal and technical knowledge and experience’, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is knowledgeable of airport, energy, and transport infrastructure development projects. Richard Davies leads the practice and is proficient in procurement strategy as well as drafting and negotiating ancillary contracts. Praised for his ‘clear and concise advice’, Charles Lilley’s recent caseload encompasses construction arbitrations arising from infrastructure and mixed-use developments. Richard Dupay is also a name to note, while Anna Gee moved to the firm's London office in August 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Davies

Autres avocats clés:

Charles Lilley; Richard Dupay; Jack Ticehurst



Les références

‘A hard-working team with strong legal and technical knowledge and experience. It is always into the detail and understand the complexities of a case.’

‘The team understands the market, the issues we have, and the advice we require, consistently delivering high quality, commercially minded, and responsive advice.’

‘Charles Lilley is nice, personable, and has strong character. He really gets on well with his clients by getting to know them, creating mutual trust.’

Principaux clients

J&H Emirates LLC (J&H)

ALEC Engineering & Contracting (ALEC)

Stallion Partners

China State Construction Engineering Company

China National Aero-Technology International Engineering Corporation (Dubai Branch) (CATIC)

Jewers Doors

Majid Al Futtaim (MAF)

Zhejiang Communications

Yoma Land/Meeyahta Developments Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised China National Aero-Technology International Engineering Corporation (Dubai Branch) (CATIC) on all of their projects in the UAE.
  • Advised and represented a HNW individual in DIFC litigation against a DIFC registered REIT.

Clifford Chance

At the forefront of Middle East-based renewable projects, the full-service team Clifford Chance is a key contact for contractors, developers, and government entities. Inaamul Laher leads the department and is particularly knowledgeable of the construction and operation of energy, infrastructure, and real estate projects. The ‘exceptionalPaul Coates leads the team’s contentious offering and is experienced in DIAC, ICC, and LCIA arbitration.

Responsables de la pratique:

Inaamul Laher

Autres avocats clés:

Paul Coates

Les références

‘One of the strongest law firms in the region, with the benefit of reach or support from around the world when required.’

‘Very strong credentials and knowledge in this practice area. The firm brings considerable contracting experience and provides concrete advice based on market precedents.’

‘Client service, efficiency, business acumen, and a depth of knowledge.’

Principaux clients

The Red Sea Development Company

Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC)

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

AMEA Power

Abu Dhabi Polymers Co Ltd (Borouge)

Saudi Entertainment Ventures

Fertiglobe plc

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA)


Marubeni Corporation

Riyadh Airports Company

OQ (previously Oman Oil Company)

Wynn Resorts Limited

Electricite de France (EdF)

Bahrain Steel

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised ADNOC on the development of a new LNG liquefaction plant.
  • Advising Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) on the development of a large entertainment project just outside Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Advised various sponsors on all aspects of the development of a 500MW BOO Wind Power Project at the Gulf of Suez in Egypt.


Offering clients a ‘world class service’ CMS is principally focused on construction, energy, and infrastructure disputes and is geared to handle airport, highway, and metro construction projects. Counting developers and contractors on his client roster, the ‘experienced’ arbitration specialist Greg Sibbald often represents clients on engineering disputes. ‘Exceptional partner’ Adrian Bell specialises in rail projects, while Jon Bridgewater is proficient in contentious energy matters. Partner Damian Watkin joined the team from Clyde & Co in August 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Greg Sibbald; Adrian Bell

Autres avocats clés:

Jon Bridgewater; Courtney Rothery; Philip Norman; Damian Watkin

Les références

‘CMS offers a world-class service to clients, it is home to extremely bright lawyers with an in-depth, hands-on understanding of how to run large-scale, complex arbitration and litigation to get a successful result.’

‘Particular expertise in construction, energy, and infrastructure disputes gives them a very detailed understanding of the industry and the challenges facing their clients.’

‘Dedicated construction and energy specialists with deep sector knowledge and unparalleled experience of big disputes work.’

Principaux clients

Larsen & Toubro

AECOM Middle East LLC

Acciona Construction S.A.

Gulermak Agir Sanayi Insaat Ve Taahhut A.Ş.

Tecnicas Reunidas

Kellogg, Brown & Root


SNC Lavalin / Atkins

Al Futtaim

Altrad Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Técnicas Reunidas in TCC proceedings regarding the refusal of a Korean bank to encash a performance guarantee on an gas project in Saudi Arabia.


With contentious and transactional power, waste, and water expertise, Dentons  is particularly well versed in disputes arising from the construction of airports. Practice head Dean Ryburn has a strong record in construction, engineering, and infrastructure project disputes. Jon Nash handles commercial documentation pertaining to construction projects, while Suzannah Fairbairn and Ahmed El-Bayouk count contractors and employers on their client roster.

Responsables de la pratique:

Dean Ryburn

Autres avocats clés:

Jon Nash; Suzannah Fairbairn; Ahmed El-Bayouk; Kanishka Singh

Les références

‘One of the leading firms in this field in the EMEA region. A fantastic team of extremely bright, talented, and very hard-working lawyers who go the extra mile to get the best result for the client.’

‘The team collaborates well together and ensure they are all over the details of cases. The team is efficient, ambitious, and clearly care about the best interests of their client’s cases.’

‘Dentons construction team works closely with its infrastructure practice to provide practical measured advice on disputes encountered in our work.’

Principaux clients

Al Farwaniya Property Developments LLC

Veolia Middle East

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing an international company in an ongoing arbitration with a GCC Government on the design, procurement, and construction of an infrastructure project.
  • Representing a contractor in DIAC arbitration defending claims in excess of $800m arising from the construction of a landmark construction infrastructure project.
  • Assisted the GCC Government with comprehensively updating a standard form contract.

Hadef & Partners LLC

Characterised by ‘a great depth of understanding of construction, energy, and infrastructure, Hadef & Partners LLC is well regarded for its litigation capabilities. Recently engaged in construction arbitration, James Harbridge oversees the practice, while Alexander Wagg is lauded for his ‘excellent judgement’. Michael Farchakh is also a key team member.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Harbridge

Autres avocats clés:

Alexander Wagg; Michael Farchakh

Les références

‘The team has a unique balance of local and international expertise which makes it ideally suited to deal with disputes in the area.’

‘A great depth of understanding of construction, energy, and infrastructure gives Hadef a strong grasp of the technical and commercial issues facing their clients.’

‘Alex Wagg is very switched on, has excellent judgement, and is definitely one to watch for the future.’

Principaux dossiers

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

A key port of call for contractors, governments, as well as developers, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP specialises in international construction arbitration, for which Nick Oury is a strong choice. The practice is also noted for its proficiency in energy, infrastructure, and urban regenerate scheme developments. Christopher Cross and Phil Hanson’s recent caseload encompasses activity in the energy, infrastructure, and power sectors. Sean Whitham specialises in infrastructure disputes, while Julian Grant is knowledgeable of residential and transport developments.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nick Oury; Christopher Cross

Autres avocats clés:

Phil Hanson; Sean Whitham; Julian Grant

Les références

‘HSF’s construction practice is highly skilled at finding practical solutions to problems that arise in negotiations and have a good base of local precedents to rely on.’

‘The team from HSF was a pleasure to work with. Calm under pressure and very measured in difficult circumstances.’

‘The team was able to understand the complex facts of the case and weave it into intricate legal arguments.’

Principaux clients

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)



FCC Aqualia

Standard Chartered Bank


EDF Renewables


Principaux dossiers

Squire Patton Boggs

A strong choice for contractors, developers, and governments, Squire Patton Boggs is geared to handle infrastructure developments. Managing partner Thomas Wilson leads the department and is experienced in alternative dispute resolution. Jonathan Taunton is experienced in DIAC, ICC, and LCIA arbitration, while Sam Song advises contractors and employers on dispute avoidance.

Responsables de la pratique:

Thomas Wilson

Autres avocats clés:

Jonathan Taunton; Sam Song; Ravinder Bhullar

Les références

‘Thomas Wilson is highly experienced, and a commercially minded construction lawyer.’

‘Thomas Wilson is a very mature and strategic advisor who can see through the problems and recommend the optimal way forward.’


Principaux clients

UAE Federal Ministry of Infrastructure Development

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Dubai

The Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia

LEPL Anaklia Deep Sea Port Development Agency

National Centre for Privatisation (Saudi Arabia)

Saudi Ministry for Environment, Water, and Agriculture

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia on a PPP for the development of Anaklia Deep Sea Port on the Black Sea.
  • Advising the National Centre for Privatisation (Saudi Arabia) and Saudi Ministry for Environment, Water, and Agriculture in relation to a PPP project for the privatisation of the government’s veterinary vaccine service.
  • Advised the UAE Federal Ministry of Infrastructure Development on the review of the current PPP legislative and regulatory framework.

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company handles energy, residential, sport, and transport developments and has in-depth expertise in construction law. Splitting his time between the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Riyadh, practice head Euan Lloyd counts contractors, subcontractors, funders, and public sector entities on his client roster. Andrew Symms is well regarded for his contractual expertise. Leith Al Ali is also a key team member. Sara Koleilat-Aranjo has left the firm.

Responsables de la pratique:

Euan Lloyd

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Symms; Leith Al Ali; Naief Yahia; Rashid Khan

Principaux clients


ESEC (El Seif Engineering and Contracting)

Department of Culture & Tourism

Abu Dhabi Motorsports Company

Nine Yards Developments



RAK government entities

GFH Financial Group



UAE Ministry of Finance

Qatar Rail

Saudi Rail

Etihad Rail

Tait Towers Manufacturing

Tecnicas Reunidas

PowerChina Huadong Engineering Corporation Limited


Principaux dossiers

  • Representing ESEC on seven disputes arising from contracts with Meydan Group LLC.
  • Acting for Abu Dhabi Motor Management Company (ADMM) on track redesign and modification works.
  • Acting for Tadawul in drafting and negotiating a long-term facility management/operation and maintenance contract for the Tadawul Tower development.

Bracewell LLP

Recently engaged in international energy and social infrastructure projects, Bracewell LLP counts contractors, consultants, developers, governments, and lenders among its clients. Tom Swarbrick spearheads the team and is particularly active in the energy sector, while Andrej Kormuth handles conventional and renewable power developments.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tom Swarbrick

Autres avocats clés:

Andrej Kormuth

Les références

‘Exceptional knowledge of the construction sector and the needs of complex construction projects.’

‘Tom Swarbrick is fantastic. He has great knowledge, is fast in delivery, and his work product is always of excellent quality.’

Principaux clients

Eldorado Gold Corporation

Hellas Gold S.A.

Total Energies

Toyota Tsusho Corporation

Alternative Solutions for Renewable Energy LLC

Azule Energy

Dragon Oil


Riyad Bank

Banque Saudi Fransi

National Infrastructure Fund




Vision International Investment Company

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC

Gulf Investment Corporation GSC

Miahona Company

Thabat Construction Company


Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for a developer on the financing, development, construction, and operation of the €1bn Skouries gold mine in Greece.
  • Advised a consortium led by TotalEnergies Renewables on the financing, development, construction, and operation of the Wadi Ad Dawasir 100 MW PV IPP project.
  • Advised Azule Energy on contracts relating to an offshore oil development in Angola.

Covington & Burling LLP

With broad contentious capabilities covering construction arbitration and litigation, Covington & Burling LLP is well equipped to handle the drafting, review and signing of EPC contracts for development projects. The practice is jointly chaired by Joseph Chedrawe and Richard Keenan, the former of whom represents corporations and public sector entities on mega-project disputes across the energy, infrastructure, and residential sectors. Patrick O’Grady is experienced in CC, LCIA, and SIAC arbitration.

Responsables de la pratique:

Joseph Chedrawe; Richard Keenan

Autres avocats clés:

Patrick O’Grady

Principaux clients

ITOCHU Corporation

Hitachi Zosen


Dubai Holding

DUBAL Holding

Tech Group

Metito Utilities Limited


Orascom Construction

ACWA Power

Principaux dossiers

Eversheds Sutherland LLP

Boosted by support from the firm’s energy, infrastructure, and real estate teams, Eversheds Sutherland LLP is lauded for its ‘huge industry and regional knowledge.Shalagh Massingham specialises in construction arbitration and litigation and co-leads the team with the ‘very experienced and proactivePaul Taylor. Roberta Wertman represents clients in contentious matters pertaining to leisure, processing plants, and sporting facility projects, while Adriaan Hoeben is also highlighted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Taylor; Shalagh Massingham

Autres avocats clés:

Roberta Wertman; Adriaan Hoeben

Les références

‘Eversheds Sutherland LLP possesses huge industry and regional knowledge and is able to work across different geographical boundaries and jurisdictions.’

‘Paul Taylor is very experienced, proactive and is an absolute pleasure to deal with.’

‘Paul Taylor is pleasant to deal with, commercial, and hard working.’

Principaux dossiers

King & Spalding LLP

Lauded for its ‘commercial application of legal issues, King & Spalding LLP is especially knowledgeable of major projects, as well as infrastructure and renewable energy developments. Tim Burbury oversees the team and is well-regarded for his power project expertise. Dan Feldman arrived from Shearman & Sterling LLP in January 2023 and has a particular strength in energy transition matters. Sam Munir is often engaged in rail, road, and school projects, while Almiro Clere advises clients on project financing. James Clark left the firm in October 2023 to join Kirkland & Ellis International Law Firm LLPC.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tim Burbury

Autres avocats clés:

Dan Feldman; Sam Munir; Almiro Clere; Brendan Hundt

Les références

‘A commercial application of legal issues.’

‘Not only great subject matter experts but also team players.’

Principaux clients


Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company

Electricity de France (EDF)

Mubadala Investment Company

Misk Foundation


Al Rajhi Group

Principaux dossiers

King & Wood Mallesons

With expertise in construction disputes arising from landmark projects, King & Wood Mallesons is led by Daniel Xu, who often advises international developers on project risk management. Parnika Chaturvedi and Brendan Palmer are noted for their experience in DIAC arbitration.

Responsables de la pratique:

Daniel Xu

Autres avocats clés:

Parnika Chaturvedi; Brendan Palmer

Les références

‘Good communicators, knowledgeable of construction, and the team often anticipates opponents moves.’

‘Very knowledgeable of construction disputes and efficient in proceedings.’

‘Insightful analysis and legal support.’

Principaux clients

Shanghai Electric

China Railway Construction Corporation


Principaux dossiers

Mantle Law

Drawing on ‘in-depth knowledge and expertise’, Mantle Law’s caseload encompasses construction, energy, and infrastructure arbitration. Praised for his ‘exceptional legal skills, Matthew Heywood leads the team, and Michael Hartley represents clients on oil and gas, as well as power project disputes. Lucy Walton comes with client recommendation, and Sirena Chalhoub is a further contact to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Matthew Heywood

Autres avocats clés:

Michael Hartley; Lucy Walton; Sirena Chalhoub; Alexander Studholme

Les références

‘Mantle Law stands out for its in-depth knowledge and expertise in construction and real estate disputes.’

‘Mantle Law goes above and beyond to consistently provide high-quality legal advice, making them an outstanding choice in the legal profession.’

‘Mantle Law has an acute understanding of client’s commercial realities and provides thorough and well-reasoned advice.’

Principaux clients

Multiplex Constructions LLC

ALEC Engineering & Contracting LLC


Principaux dossiers

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright's construction practice is led by Nicholas Kramer, whose recent caseload includes airport, district cooling, PPP, and wind development projects. Mark Berry is knowledgeable of the natural resources sector, notably mining construction and infrastructure, while Anastasia Kastelskaya is active in oil and gas matters. Knowhee Myung is also a key team member.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nicholas Kramer

Autres avocats clés:

Mark Berry; Anastasia Kastelskaya; Knowhee Myung; Aarti Thadani; Ahmed Bobat

Principaux clients


Emirates District Cooling (Emicool) LLC


Change Foods

Boston Consulting Group

Abu Dhabi Ports



ACWA Power



Emirates National Investment

Tibah Airports Development Company Limited (Tibah)



Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Emirates on the drafting of contract documents for the design and construction of a new engineering and maintenance facility at Dubai World Central Airport.
  • Advising Emicool on its master concession agreement with Dubai World Trade Centre for the provision of district cooling services for Dubai EXPO.
  • Advising Deyaar on the drafting of a full suite of standard form contracts.

BLK Partners

Commended for its ‘deep experience in UAE construction disputes’, BLK Partners’s expertise spans commercial property, power, and transportation infrastructure matters. Scott Hutton is proficient in arbitration proceedings, and he leads the department with Dean O’Leary, who often handles engineering disputes. Tarek Saad is proficient in contentious matters arising from real estate transactions, while Karim Haidar is also highlighted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Scott Hutton; Dean O’Leary

Autres avocats clés:

Tarek Saad; Karim Haidar

Les références

‘Deep experience in UAE construction disputes, a strong presence in KSA, and a very commercial approach.’

‘An accessible and very friendly service.’

‘A friendly team which is also very knowledgeable.’

Principaux dossiers

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP

A key port of call for contractors and subcontractors, BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP is well regarded for its construction arbitration capabilities. Antonios Dimitracopoulos oversees the practice and is experienced in DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, as well as ADCCAC arbitration proceedings. Jonathan Brown handles commercial issues for construction, international trade, infrastructure, and real estate clients.

Responsables de la pratique:

Antonios Dimitracopoulos

Autres avocats clés:

Jonathan Brown

Principaux dossiers

Fenwick Elliott LLP

Recommended by clients as ‘specialists with extensive and specific experience in construction disputes’, Fenwick Elliott LLP counts architects, contractors, and public sector entities on its client roster. On the non-contentious side, the practice also advises clients on contract documentation, negotiation, and risk management, as well as procurement strategy. ‘Great leaderPatrick Stone oversees the team and specialises in international arbitration, while Leonie Sellers is described as ‘a great addition to the team’. Gilbert Hakim is also noted as a ‘practical construction specialist’.

Responsables de la pratique:

Patrick Stone

Autres avocats clés:

Leonie Sellers; Gilbert Hakim

Les références

‘Fenwick Elliott is special because its lawyers really understand the construction world. It is great at solving problems and know all about building contracts.’

‘All the lawyers in the team, from junior to partner understand the intricacies of construction arbitration.’

‘The practice stands out for its exceptional ability to collaborate effectively, its deep legal understanding, and its commitment to meaningful one-on-one discussions with clients.’

Principaux dossiers

Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants

The ‘exceptional local knowledge’ of Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants' construction law team gives it an edge in its construction arbitration offering. The practice is also a strong choice for contractors, employers, and sub-contractors on design and build, infrastructure, and PPP matters. With over a decade of contentious construction experience, Abdulla Ziad Galadari oversees the practice, while Hassan Tawakalna is particularly proficient in civil disputes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Abdulla Ziad Galadari

Autres avocats clés:

Hassan Tawakalna; Ziad Galadari; Marwan Al Cherkeh; Sergejs Dilevka; Joe Khalaf; Abdul Majeed Al Sweedy; Hadeel Mohammed

Les références

‘Deep knowledge of local practice and UAE case law.’

‘Exceptional local knowledge.’


Principaux clients

DEPA Group

Frayland LLC

Reliance Owners Association Management Services LLC

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented DEPA group in a dispute against Ghantoot Transport and General Contracting LLC in a case involving interior design works.
  • Represented Frayland LLC in a dispute claiming early payment for subcontract work and the recovery of a performance bond valued at AED12.5m.

Baker McKenzie LLP

Well regarded for its experience in pre-dispute contract management as well as litigation and arbitration proceedings, Baker McKenzie LLP is often entrusted by contractors, subcontractors, and developers. Luka Kristovic-Blazevic leads the department and is focused on international construction disputes, while Taisiya Vorotilova is proficient in international commercial arbitration. Marlize Dumas enjoys a strong presence in the construction, energy, and financial services sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Luka Kristovic-Blazevic

Autres avocats clés:

Taisiya Vorotilova; Marlize Dumas

Principaux dossiers


Often acting for a range of Korean EPC contractors, HFW represents clients in a breadth of mega-project disputes, including the construction of airports, bridges, and oil and gas processing plants. James Plant handles contentious matters surrounding infrastructure, renewable energy, and sub-sea cables, while Slava Kiryushin is noted for his expertise in sizeable metro construction matters. Maria Deus is proficient in contract and claims management.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Plant; Slava Kiryushin

Autres avocats clés:

Maria Deus

Les références

‘The team understand clients’ commercial needs and provide sage advice.’

‘Slava Kiryushin is excellent with clients and very knowledgeable of construction projects and disputes throughout MENA, especially in the energy sector. He is very personable.’

‘Slava Kiryushin is commercial and pragmatic, he breaks down complex issues into simple decisions.’

Principaux clients

Hedley International Contracting LLC

Kuwait Oil Company

GS Engineering and Construction

Denholm Yam

Al Gihaz Contracting Co

Kuwait Energy

Principaux dossiers

Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP

With a broad non-contentious offering, Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP is praised as ‘extremely knowledgeable of construction disputes’. Providing clients with ‘excellent support, Patrick McPherson often handles disputes arising out of construction, energy, and infrastructure projects. ‘Resourceful problem-solverRandall Walker is also a key member of the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Patrick McPherson; Randall Walker

Les références

‘The Hogan Lovells team is very hands on, detail orientated, and open in communication. This is very helpful because it facilitates a much more informed approach and makes working with the team easy, enjoyable, and productive.’

‘The team provides excellent support, has deep knowledge of the law, and comes up with pragmatic solutions.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable of construction disputes. It is able to tackle complex matters in a simple and effective manner.’

Principaux clients

The Fatima Group

PakArab Fertilisers

MidWest Fertilisers

Principaux dossiers

Horizons & Co

Contractor, subcontractor, and land disputes remain a key component of the practice at Horizons & Co. Boasting a strong litigation track record, firm founder Ali Ismael Al Zarooni is well-versed in sizeable hotel development projects. Areen Jayousi counts design and engineering partners, as well as owners and developers on his client roster, while Amr Mostafa is adept at luxury property disputes. Oliver Dupenois and Paul Suckling  departed the team to join DWF Middle East LLP in August 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ali Ismael Al Zarooni; Areen Jayousi

Autres avocats clés:

Amr Mostafa

Principaux clients

Horizon Gulf Electromechanical Services LLC

Teejan Contracting Co. LLC.

Arabtec Construction LLC & Belhasa Six Construct LLC (ABJV)

Constructora San Jose S A

Tav Tepe Akfen Investment Construction & Operation Company

Consolidated Contracting Engineering & Procurement S.A.L.

Hasabi Real Estate L.L.C

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Tav Tepe Akfen Investment Construction, Operation Company, Consolidated Contracting Engineering, and Procurement S.A.L on a construction dispute that arose against the counterparty in this project.
  • Acted for Arabtec Construction LLC & Belhasa Six Construct LLC following the severe fire damage of their hotels.
  • Representing Constructora San Jose SA in an ongoing dispute before the Abu Dhabi courts in relation to the construction of a building for a European museum franchise.

K&L Gates

Lauded for its ‘exceptionally pragmatic approach’, K&L Gates represents local and international corporations and individuals on international arbitration matters. Jonathan Sutcliffe co-leads the team with Jennifer Paterson, who is ‘superb at analysing a legal problem and coming up with the solutions a client needs'.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jonathan Sutcliffe; Jennifer Paterson

Les références

‘Extremely knowledgeable, yet exceptionally pragmatic in its approach.’

‘The team quickly identifies complex issues and facilitate pragmatic solutions. Its knowledge of the area of construction law is state-of-the-art.’

‘The K&L Gates Dubai disputes team is very experienced in construction and infrastructure matters. They are professional, efficient, easy to work with, and deliver practical advice.’

Principaux dossiers


Kennedys enjoys a strong track record in contractual disputes pertaining to energy, infrastructure, and mega projects. ‘Extremely knowledgeable and competent litigator’ Mark Wilson leads the team and his career has spanned three decades in construction ADR, arbitration, and litigation. Celine Abi Habib Kanakri, James Kellicare, and Khalil Mechantaf are experienced before the ICC, while Michael Smale is often entrusted by engineers and surveyors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Wilson

Autres avocats clés:

Celine Abi Habib Kanakri; James Kellicare; Khalil Mechantaf; Michael Smale; Peter Ellingham

Les références

‘Kennedys is a great firm to work with on contentious and non-contentious matters. Very user friendly with a great depth of talent in the team.’

‘An efficient attitude with strength in depth.’

‘The team is highly knowledgeable of contractual disputes.’

Principaux clients

Carillion Alawi LLC

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Carillion Alawi LLC against Oman Hospitality Company S.A.O.C for outstanding payments of its construction.
  • Acted for Carillion Alawi in a claim brought by Oman Pumps before the courts for alleged non-payment of materials and services on the Al Baleed project.

MRP Advisory LLC

MRP Advisory LLC is highlighted for its capabilities in engineering matters. ‘Excellent partnerRishabh Jogani ‘has considerable experience of every stage of construction dispute resolution, while Adarsh Ramakrishnan, Misbah Fazalbhoy, and Kanika Arora are knowledgeable of the infrastructure sector. Sharda Srivastava often advises contractors, employers, and sub-contractors on compliance matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rishabh Jogani; Adarsh Ramakrishnan; Kanika Arora

Autres avocats clés:

Misbah Fazalbhoy; Sharda Srivastava

Les références

‘The team at MRP Advisory LLC is highly experienced in construction cases in the Middle East region.’

‘Its work rate was excellent.’

‘The team’s availability was excellent and the partners were attentive to the client’s needs.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Modern Executive Systems Contracting LLC (MESC) before the Court of Appeal of the DIFC.

OGH Legal

Recently establishing an office in Cairo, OGH Legal enjoys a strong track record in arbitration matters before various UAE courts. Drawing on two decades of construction experience, Mohamed ElGhatit and Sherif Hikal jointly lead the team, while Ahmed GadElrab often represents international and regional clients in construction litigation.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mohamed ElGhatit; Sherif Hikal

Autres avocats clés:

Ahmed GadElrab

Les références

‘OGH set up a portal for us where we can access case documents/updates/action points between ourselves and them. This was helpful. ’

‘Very responsive and available.’

‘Practical advice and the team always take our business perspective into account.’

Principaux clients

Duro Felguera S.A

DP Masters Manufacturing Co.



Shapoorji Pallonji

Meeras Holding

Asia Royal

Convergent Engineering

Dubai Holding


WSP Middle East

Petrofac Emirates LLC

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented a Spanish construction group on an AED2bn dispute with DEWA arising out of the construction of the Jebel Ali Power Plant.
  • Represented Platinum Services on a $50m claim that arose as a result of alleged conspiracy to destroy the client’s business.
  • Represented ALEC in a $1.7bn claim relating to a major fire at the Address Hotel in 2015.

Simmons & Simmons Middle East LLP

Highlighted for its ‘international reach and deep specialist knowledge’, Simmons & Simmons Middle East LLP often handles sizeable development projects. Beau McLaren is focused on construction-related arbitration and co-leads the team with Payam Behshti. Humayun Ahmad left the firm.

Responsables de la pratique:

Payam Beheshti; Beau McLaren

Autres avocats clés:

Niall Clancy

Les références

‘International reach and deep specialist knowledge in arbitration and DIFC / QICDRC matters.’

‘The team did an excellent job for us.’

‘Willing to go the extra mile.’

Principaux clients

Alstom Transport SA

Principaux dossiers

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s broad construction offering encompasses both contentious and non-contentious matters. Cheryl Cairns is a key contact for contractors, subcontractors, and employers in arbitrations, while Hasan Rahman leads the team’s non-contentious construction sphere. Karie Akeelah has more than a decade of experience in major engineering and infrastructure construction disputes, and Yuen Phing Choo is another key member of the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Cheryl Cairns

Autres avocats clés:

Hasan Rahman; Karie Akeelah; Jack Horsley; Yuen Phing Choo

Les références

‘The team has a track record of success and a winning combination of expertise and commitment.’

‘Very hard-working individuals who were calm under pressure as deadlines approached.’

‘Very strong understanding of the local and domestic market and client needs. Excellent strategic skills.’

Principaux clients

Shuaibah Water and Electricity Co

Shuaibah Expansion Project Company

Shuqaiq Water and Electricity Co

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company PJSC

Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC

Al Kifah Precast Company


Dubai Aviation Corporation

Salalah Port Services Company SAOG

ADNOC Distribution

Bahrain Development Bank

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (Bahrain Campus)

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company PJSC on the ADNOC Gas LNG 2.0 project.
  • Advised Emirates Global Aluminium on the use, interpretation, and negotiation of construction contract templates.
  • Advised Shuaibah Water and Electricity Company and the Shuaibah Expansion Project Company on all construction and operational aspects of the expanded plant.