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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In Europe, Middle East and Africa, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for seven consecutive years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Index of tables

  1. Leading silks
  2. 2019 silks
  3. Leading juniors

Leading silks

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    • Rachel Ansell QC - 4 Pump CourtHer work includes GCC aviation infrastructure disputes.
    • Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsArbitrator and counsel in heavyweight construction disputes.
    • Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump CourtHe appears in major Middle Eastern infrastructure and energy arbitrations.
    • Adam Constable QC - Keatings ChambersHis practice includes MEP works and architectural negligence cases.
    • Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC - Atkin ChambersAn efficient and professional silk; a pleasure to work with.
    • Richard Harding QC - Keatings ChambersExceptionally gifted in terms of intellect and insight in construction disputes.
    • Alexander Hickey QC - 4 Pump CourtHis practice includes DIAC construction and engineering arbitrations.
    • Simon Hughes QC - Keatings ChambersGreat with tricky clients, he rolls up his sleeves and gets involved with the team.
    • Riaz Hussain QC - Atkin ChambersBright, hardworking and personable – a team player who works well with experts.
    • Simon Lofthouse QC - Atkin ChambersHis practice includes challenging infrastructure project disputes.
    • Lord Marks QC - 4 Pump CourtHis work includes DIAC construction arbitrations.
    • Duncan McCall QC - 4 Pump CourtHis work includes railway engineering disputes.
    • Tom Montagu-Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsCounsel in disputes over landmark buildings in the UAE.
    • Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump CourtHe has exceptional judgement in complex cases and the innate ability to seize on the point that matters.
    • Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersHe appears in energy, infrastructure, and maritime cases in the region.
    • Marc Rowlands QC - Keatings ChambersInstructed in arbitrations in disputes over Middle Eastern investments worldwide.
    • Roger Stewart QC - 4 New SquareHe has exceptional judgement in complex cases and the innate ability to seize on the point that matters.
    • David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin ChambersInstructed in some of the Middle East’s most sensitive disputes.
    • Marcus Taverner QC - Keatings ChambersHis practice includes cases under ICC and DIAC rules.
    • David Thomas QC - Keatings ChambersAn exceptional talent in the construction field.
    • Andrew White QC - Atkin ChambersA remarkable team leader with a calm and reassuring manner.

2019 silks

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    • James Leabeater QC - 4 Pump CourtHe appears in GCC transport and energy infrastructure disputes.

Leading juniors

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    • Paul Bury - Keatings ChambersHis practice includes Qatar-related disputes.
    • Timothy Chelmick - 4 New SquareHis work includes heavy infrastructure disputes.
    • Rupert Choat - Atkin ChambersA heavy hitter at the junior Bar.
    • Nicholas Collings - Atkin ChambersInstructed by Middle Eastern firms in engineering disputes.
    • Thomas Crangle - 4 Pump CourtHis work includes DIAC arbitrations.
    • Simon Crawshaw - Atkin ChambersVery responsive – he always delivers a quality work product on time.
    • Andrew Fenn - Atkin ChambersInstructed in lengthy and challenging infrastructure disputes.
    • Arshad Ghaffar - XXIV Old BuildingsHis practice includes a number of Oman-related disputes.
    • Rónán Hanna - Atkin ChambersHis work includes challenging disputes around key GCC infrastructure.
    • Calum Lamont - Keatings ChambersInstructed in a number of Qatar-related disputes.
    • Krista Lee - Keatings ChambersShe handles arbitrations for both developers and contractors.
    • Rachael O’Hagan - 39 Essex ChambersInstructed by well-known engineering companies in DIAC arbitrations.
    • Claire Packman - 4 Pump CourtBright, approachable, and quick to grasp what the issues are – a pleasure to work with.
    • Sanjay Patel - 4 Pump CourtHis work includes offshore and tower construction disputes.
    • David Sheard - Keatings ChambersHe represents major contractors in significant disputes.
    • James Thompson - Keatings ChambersAn outstanding practitioner with exceptional knowledge of construction practice in the region.
    • Jennie Wild - Keatings ChambersShe handles disputes regarding airports and industrial projects.
    • Crispin Winser - Crown Office ChambersHis practice includes disputes with Omani elements.
    • Luke Wygas - 4 Pump CourtHe brings experience as a former engineer.

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3 Verulam Buildings’ Jane Davies Evans is instructed as leading counsel in a dispute concerning an element of a Middle Eastern airport construction project.

39 Essex Chambers has expertise in international construction disputes, and the Middle East is no exception. Rachael O’Hagan is instructed by well-known engineering companies.

4 New Square’s Roger Stewart QC handles disputes over the construction of large infrastructure projects.

4 Pump Court handles a range of engineering and construction disputes. Sean Brannigan QC and Claire Packman represent a construction company in a dispute with a government entity over the redevelopment of an airport in the GCC. Luke Wygas is appointed as an arbitrator in a dispute concerning the quality of rock extracted in the UAE in the wake of renovations to the quarry.

A ‘go-to set for counsel or arbitrators in energy and construction disputes’, Atkin Chambers is instructed in heavyweight disputes in the region, some of which cover the most visible developments and infrastructure projects in the world. Riaz Hussain QC has been instructed in disputes concerning Saudi Arabia, as well as accepting arbitral appointments. Rupert Choat is also noted for sitting as an arbitrator alongside his practice as counsel, which includes litigation in London following Middle Eastern arbitrations.

Crown Office Chambers’ members handle work concerning agenda-setting energy and infrastructure disputes. Roger Ter Haar has a track record of matters concerning energy and critical transport infrastructure.

For many ‘the leading chambers for construction work, and particularly so for cases with a Middle East element’, Keatings Chambers has members involved in some of the world’s largest construction disputes, including disputes concerning chemicals, energy infrastructure, and transport projects. Richard Harding QC is instructed in a number of cases concerning major rail and aviation projects.

XXIV Old Buildings’ Tom Montagu-Smith QC represented DIFC Investments in a dispute concerning the free zone’s centrepiece Gate Building, including appearing in the DIFC courts to resist an anti-suit injunction application brought by Brookfield Multiplex.

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