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Leading Silks

Rachel Ansell QC - 4 Pump CourtOne of the first names on any shortlist.
Sean Brannigan QC-4 Pump CourtSean is probably the most fearsome and direct cross examiners I have had the privilege of seeing. If you have a big, complex dispute you definitely need Sean on your side.
Adam Constable QC - Keating ChambersA true leader in the field - he assimilates information fast and defines issues incisively.
Karim Ghaly QC - 39 Essex ChambersExtremely hard-working, committed, confident, enthusiastic and bright: clearly very talented and full of good ideas on strategy as well.
Roger Ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersVery intelligent and accessible, he is liked by his solicitors and lay clients - a great guy.
Richard Harding QC - Keating ChambersHighly regarded and saught-after.
Alexander Hickey QC - 4 Pump CourtHis ability to grasp complex issues and familiarise himself with the granular detail of a matter in a such a short period of time is truly is remarkable; a phenomenal cross examiner.
Simon Hughes QC - Keating ChambersA class act - his real strength is his ability to cut through complex issues and he is excellent in conference.
Riaz Hussain QC - Atkin ChambersAlways brilliant to work with, he is not frightened to roll up his sleeves and put in the hard yards - very robust in cross-examination, he has no fear in taking on the most eminent of experts.
Simon Lofthouse QC - Atkin ChambersImperturable, energetic and with a commanding presence, he is always 100% committed to the cause.
Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump CourtBen is an exceptionally bright and impressive advocate, who eviscerates his opponents in a calm, measured, self-assured and devastatingly effective manner.
Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersTremendous: enthusiastic, hardworking, smooth with clients and imbued with a calm authority.
David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin ChambersHis drafting is concise and packs a punch, and his advocacy is careful, measured and reflective of his deep understanding of the issues.
David Thomas QC - Keating ChambersAn exceptionally talented QC - very quick to grasp the issues, on his feet, he is up there with the very best.
Serena Cheng QC - Atkin ChambersShe has a no-nonsense approach and is very user-friendly - her drafting is clear and straightforward.
James Leabeater QC - 4 Pump CourtClear in his advice and written work, he is very easy to work with and is exceptionally good with clients. A strong and persuasive advocate who quickly gets into the detail.
Lord Marks QC - 4 Pump CourtJonathan is clearly a very experienced advocate, and his cross-examination skills are quite formidable.
Lynne McCafferty QC - 4 Pump CourtLynne's preparation and cross-examination is meticulous, fierce and incisive, and clients feel calm and comforted by her demeanour.
Duncan McCall QC - 4 Pump CourtDuncan is very thorough with an excellent understanding of the law and how to deploy this strategically in the best interests of the client.
Tom Montagu-Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsVery few QCs have the same experience and knowledge on UAE law and procedure. Although a clear leader in procedural matters in the DIFC and ADGM courts, Tom is easy to work with a values input from the entire team.
Justin Mort QC - Keating ChambersJustin is forceful, tenacious and persuasive in his arguments - he is adept at unpicking complex cases and picking out the few key issues that really matter out of what is often a sea of materials and legal, technical and factual issues.
Marc Rowlands QC - Keating ChambersVery calm, gives clear and pragmatic advice, a good strategic thinker.

2020 Silks

Krista Lee QC - Keating Chambers  'Her cross-examination of witnesses is effective and on point - she brings out their evidence in a way that affects their credibility.'

2021 Silks

Claire Packman QC - 4 Pump CourtClaire has a fantastic attention to detail and an excellent ability to retain and then extrapolate key issues.
Crispin Winser QC - Crown Office ChambersReasonable, on top of the detail, commercial and an amazing advocate - particularly at cross-examination.

Leading Juniors

Rupert Choat - Atkin ChambersVery strong at thinking outside the box, he knows the law so thoroughly that he comes up with creative solutions to otherwise hopeless problems.
Andrew Fenn - Atkin ChambersExtremely bright, practical and commercial - and an excellent advocate who is clear and concise in his explanation of difficult concepts confident without a hint of arrogance.
Rónán HannaAtkin ChambersAn impressive junior.
Zulfikar Khayum - Atkin ChambersVery easy to work with, he is very intelligent and gets across the point quickly.
Shourav Lahiri-Atkin ChambersExperienced and seasoned counsel for any construction dispute, he gets in to the detail and puts clients' positions to the tribunal clearly and intensively.
Sanjay Patel - 4 Pump CourtA future QC - his ability to pick up case detail in short periods of time from appointment is truly impressive. A persuasive advocate who always works incredibly hard on clients behalf.
Camille Slow - Atkin ChambersImpressively detail-oriented even when working to tight deadlines under a large amount of pressure, her written advocacy is strong and persuasive.
James Thompson-Keating ChambersHis key strengths are his sharp intellect married to his warm and charming personality. This is a rare combination that increasingly appeals to tribunals faced with determining complex, technical construction disputes.
Paul Bury - Keating ChambersA go-to junior with an outstanding work ethic and an eye for detail.
Simon Hale - 4 Pump CourtA very talented advocate; he adds value and demonstrates very good know-how of the construction business.
Abdul Jinadu - Keating ChambersExceptionally hard working with the ability to simplify the most complex technical issues to achieve the right results for the client.
Katie Powell-Atkin ChambersHer drafting is concise and packs a punch, and her advocacy is careful, measured and reflective of her deep understanding of the issues.
David Sheard - Keating ChambersFearsomely clever, he reduces complex facts into well-structured argument.
Jennie Wild - Keating ChambersUndaunted by large and complex cases, she deals well with clients from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Luke Wygas - 4 Pump CourtAbsolutely unflappable, very hardworking he is a go-to on construction and tech matters.

Construction in Middle East: The English Bar

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings' Jane Davies Evans is active as counsel in a range of construction arbitrations, including a number of projects in the Middle East.

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers' Karim Ghaly QC, a native Arabic speaker, is well-connected for politically sensitive disputes in a number of GCC jurisdictions, as well as sitting as a party-appointed arbitrator in DIAC arbitrations.

4 New Square

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

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

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.

Crown Office Chambers

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.

Keating Chambers

'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

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.