Construction in Middle East: The English Bar
At 4 New Square, Roger Stewart QC is active as arbitrator (both party-appointed and chair) and counsel in disputes spanning the GCC region, often on instructions from firms in the region. Turning to the set's juniors, Timothy Chelmick is counsel for well-known contractors on DIAC and ICC arbitrations.
4 Pump Court continues to be instructed across the construction piece, with strong relationships with law firms in the UAE and beyond, handling the region's key disputes regarding both infrastructure developments and large buildings. Sean Brannigan QC's cases include heavyweight arbitrations for key contractors. In the DIFC Courts, Lynne McCafferty QC represented the claimant in Permasteelisa Gartner v ALEC Engineering and Construction, a successful ex-parte injunction application concerning demands of AED21m under a performance bond. Simon Hale is well-connected in Qatar.
Atkin Chambers is 'a strong set with a wealth of construction experience', and continues to host many of the cream of London's practitioners. On top of his work as arbitrator and arbitration counsel, Rupert Choat represented the claimant in Tecnicas Reunidas Saudia for Services and Contracting Co Ltd v Korea Development Bank, a London TCC case concerning demand guarantees relating to Saudi Aramco's Fadhili gas processing plant. Of late, Andrew Fenn has been active in Omani matters among others, and Shourav Lahiri - who has a following among Indian contractors - joined from Reed Smith's Dubai office in April 2020. Among the set's silks, Simon Lofthouse QC is well-connected in Qatar.
At Crown Office Chambers, Roger Ter Haar QC is active in work for both governmental employers and contractors in some of their most politically sensitive cases. Andrew Rigney QC is active in complex disputes concerning main contracts on some of the largest infrastructure projects in the region, and Crispin Winser QC was regularly instructed unled against Silks prior to his own elevation in the 2021 round.
'Still the number one chambers for construction-related disputes' according to many, Keating Chambers continues to have members instructed in the largest cases in the GCC and beyond. Arabic speaker Richard Harding QC is instructed in some of the region's blockbuster cases, and bolstering further the set's pool of in-demand construction silks Krista Lee QC - popular as arbitrator and counsel - is a 2020 Silk appointment. Calum Lamont and James Thompson are two of the standard-bearers for the set's juniors in the region.
XXIV Old Buildings's Arshad Ghaffar is instructed in a range of construction disputes, often with Omani elements, while Tom Montagu-Smith QC - as part of a broader practice in the UAE's federal free zones - is particularly active in matters with a cross-over between construction arbitrations and DIFC and ADGM litigation.