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The construction market remains particularly buoyant in the Middle East, with numerous projects involving infrastructure and the energy and natural resources sectors. International arbitration continues to be the predominant form of dispute resolution, although more seasoned practitioners are also instructed in ad hoc local proceedings. Domestically, the number of adjudication and enforcement actions is on the rise, motivated by a reluctance to engage in lengthy and costly litigation. Regardless of the jurisdiction, the ability to analyse complex technical documents and pick up on nuances in expert cross-examination is the domain of successful barristers in this field. The Panama Canal expansion opened in 2016, sparking hope for the long-awaited completion of one of the largest infrastructure disputes in the world.

β€˜Construction powerhouse’ Atkin Chambers has a β€˜high calibre of barristers’ and is β€˜pre-eminent in engineering law’. Andrew White QC has been leading Mark Chennells in $400m Technology and Construction Court (TCC) proceedings, Fluor v ZPMC. In other work highlights, Daniel Streatfeild-James QC appeared in MT HΓΈjgaard A/S v E.ON, arising from the Robin Rigg offshore wind farm project.

Keating Chambers is the β€˜first port of call for all levels of counsel’. Members appear in heavyweight disputes such as CIP Properties v Galliford Try Infrastructure (Adam Constable QC leading) and Accolade Wines v VolkerFitzpatrick and others (Marcus Taverner QC leading). Piers Stansfield QC has been acting for Sir Robert McAlpine in a Β£20m claim arising from the residential development forming part of the Emirates Stadium.

Barristers at 4 Pump Court are β€˜tremendously experienced’ and β€˜adept at dealing with both heavyweight litigation as well as smaller scale adjudication enforcement’. A team led by Sean Brannigan QC has been representing a contractor in a multimillion-pound dispute with Shangri-La Hotels at the TCC. Chambers has experience handling disputes involving overseas jurisdictions, particularly in the Middle and Far East.

39 Essex Chambers is a β€˜very strong set with an obvious ambition’. Stuart Catchpole QC’s impressive caseload included Obrascon Huarte Lain SA v HM Attorney General for Gibraltar, while Karim Ghaly successfully represented the appellant in the Court of Appeal case of Iliffe and another v Feltham Construction and others.

Members of 4 New Square are a β€˜pleasure to work with’ and renowned for their specialism in professional negligence construction disputes. Fiona Sinclair QC was successful in Supreme Court case Aspect Contracts (Asbestos) v Higgins Construction. She and Ben Patten QC appeared on different sides in Bloomberg LP v Sandberg and others.

At Crown Office Chambers, David Sears QC acted for the successful appellant in Harding v Paice. Andrew Rigney QC has been active in numerous international arbitration proceedings, particularly in the energy sector.

Hardwicke is a β€˜very commercial and forward-thinking’ set, housing several β€˜construction experts’. Paul Reed QC and David Pliener acted for the principal defendant in Accolade Wines v VolkerFitzpatrick and others.

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