4 Pump Court is instructed by local and regional firms as well as in-house teams on wide variety of construction projects with transportation projects being a key area of focus. Other areas of expertise include construction related work involving shipbuilding, telecoms and offshore construction. Sean Brannigan QC co-heads the chambers and advises some of the leading EPC contractors and government bodies in the region. Rachel Ansell QC is another standout silk with a broad range of expertise that spans from hydropower to natural gas. Other key names to mention include Lynne McCafferty QC, James Leabeater QC and Claire Packman QC.
Construction in Middle East: The English Bar
‘We regularly instruct 4 Pump Court and they are our preferred set for both UK and international construction and engineering disputes.’
‘4 Pump Court is a forward looking chambers and innovative in its resourcing, pricing and approach. One of the leading chambers in the field of construction and energy disputes at this time. Availability is excellent and willingness to undertake joint marketing very refreshing.’
‘4 Pump Court are a good set whose reputation for big ticket construction disputes has justifiably grown in the last few years. They are able to field an impressive range of talented barristers.’
‘A very helpful and professional clerking team. Stewart Gibbs is an incredible pleasure to work with. He always makes himself available and is incredibly helpful.’
‘I tend to deal mainly with Carl Wall. He is excellent and very easy to do business with. He appreciates the pressures we work under and is prepared to go the extra distance to ensure we jointly deliver excellent service to our mutual clients.’
‘The clerks are excellent and led well by Stewart Gibbs and Carl Wall. Carl has excellent client management skills and is driven by finding solutions. Excellent to deal with.’
Atkin Chambers is a ‘magnificent set‘ and is a ‘go-to set for construction and engineering disputes‘. The members of the set are active across a broad range of large scale and complex infrastructure disputes involving power, water, health, transportation and mixed-use development projects. Andrew White QC represents clients in major infrastructure disputes across the Middle East. Head of Chambers Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC is active in the mixed-use development and oil and gas space. Serena Cheng QC and Shourav Lahiri are other key names to mention for energy and natural resources disputes; Lahiri, who is based in Singapore and was formerly a partner at Reed Smith in Dubai, has substantial expertise in offshore oil and gas storage and production.
‘Top construction set in London.’
‘Atkin Chambers is exceptionally well run with a wonderful set of leading barristers.’
‘Excellent specialist chambers. Always a good range of experienced construction counsel available and knowledgeable and responsive clerks.’
‘Magnificent set – by far the best energy and infrastructure specialists at the bar.’
‘One of the ‘go to’ sets for construction and engineering disputes. Always good quality across the board.’
‘Very user friendly and a pleasure to work with. Always.’
‘All the clerks are very responsive and proactive, without being pushy.’
‘Andrew Burrows is very responsive, pragmatic and helpful. Likewise David Barnes is exceptionally knowledgeable and resourceful.’
‘Very professional and approachable.’
‘Excellent. Always friendly and responsive.’
‘Atkins Chambers are the market leaders in construction and have David Barnes as senior clerk. He is very good with clients and inspires confidence.’
Keating Chambers is a ‘leading set for construction disputes‘ and have ‘an excellent reputation‘. The set showcases extensive experience representing clients before DIFC courts and DIAC, ICC and LCIA arbitration proceedings for construction disputes involving anything from airports and high-rise buildings, to hotels and factories. Richard Harding QC specialises in construction and engineering disputes and has extensive experience handling disputes in the transport, energy and real estate sectors. Adam Constable QC is another key name to mention and focuses on shipbuilding and offshore construction work. Krista Lee QC has a strong engineering background and has experience advising on projects involving wind farms and power stations.
‘Keating Chambers is considered the leading set for construction disputes in the UAE and wider Gulf region.’
‘Keating is market-leading in the construction space. There’s no two ways about it, they’re simply ahead of their peers.’
‘Keating has a wonderful set of barristers, ably managed by a really nice bunch of clerks and marketing team.’
‘A very good set of chambers – excellent reputation.’
‘Keating remains a very safe bet for any complex construction dispute, with an unrivalled selection of bright and able advocates.’
‘Declan Redmond and James Luxmoore are familiar faces in Dubai and know the market in the region very well.’
‘Excellent. Declan Redmond leads from the front. Always pro-active, anticipating needs.’
‘Pro-active and responsive. Declan Redmond leads by example, ensuring that relationships are maintained and needs pre-empted. Top class outfit.’
‘A very helpful and professional clerking team. James Luxmoore is a standout.’
‘Excellent – helpful, reactive and highly communicative.’
The members of Crown Office Chambers are construction and engineering dispute and arbitration specialists; some of the high profile cases that the set’s members have been involved in involve disputes in relation to the construction of oil and gas facilities, railways, roads and ports. Roger Ter Haar QC has an established presence in the international construction arbitration space. Andrew Rigney QC also has a broad international arbitration practice that covers the wider Middle East region. Crispin Winser QC was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2021.
‘Crown Office Chambers have an exciting and growing team of construction barristers who are frequently instructed on the some of the most high profile cases in the market.’
‘As a chambers they also offer a range of barristers at various levels.’
‘Crown Office, under the attentive supervision of Andy Flanagan, are responsive and commercial, making dealings a doddle compared to many of the other top-end sets.’
‘Clerks are user-friendly and seek to assist. They respond promptly to enquiries and are realistic and fair in applying charging rates.’
‘Service has been impeccable with constant follow up from the clerks.’
4 New Square's Roger Stewart QC has a broad construction, engineering, infrastructure, energy and PFI disputes practice, with substantial experience representing contractors, subcontractors and consultants on cross-border disputes. Timothy Chelmick is another key individual to note in this space.
‘We have always received good service from this Chambers in terms of availability of counsel and the like.’
‘Always been helpful and responsive.’
XXIV Old Buildings works closely with a number of local and international law firms in Dubai. Arshad Ghaffar has an extensive disputes practice with in-depth knowledge of the construction and engineering space, as well as a particular interest in aviation law.
‘XXIV Old Building have a great depth of practice in Middle East.’
‘24 Old Building remain the got to set of chambers for DIFC and UAE law work in my view.’
‘XXIV is a genuinely international set with strength in depth at all levels of seniority.’
‘The clerks are responsive and friendly, I have worked mostly with Samantha Perry and James Ladbroke who have both been very helpful.’
‘Clerks are friendly, helpful and efficient.’