Andrew Ness of Jones Day explores future challenges and trends in the construction sector and their potential impact on lawyers and their practices:
"While major disputes still occur, they are fewer in number, and as a result the focus of construction practice has shifted somewhat. This is leading to significant changes in many construction law practices, as there is reduced need for fleets of associates to staff major litigation and arbitration matters, and more of a premium on senior lawyers."
Who’s Who Legal brings together Rupert Choat of Atkin Chambers, Jaime Gray of Navarro Sologuren Paredes Gray, Phillip Greenham of Minter Ellison, and Ben Cowling, Laura Warren, Mark Blanksby and David McElveney from Clyde & Co to discuss industry trends, volume and type of work, legal market changes and developments for the year ahead.
Mark Roe and Gurmukh Riyat of Pinsent Masons look at the potential issues raised from construction contracts with states and state agencies and explore what steps contractors can take to protect themselves in the event that things go wrong:
"A good rule of thumb for a contractor entering into a construction contract with a state entity is 'test it backwards'. This means looking at enforcement issues first, before signing the contract and certainly before beginning to spend money on arbitration or other court proceedings."
In an interview with Who's Who Legal, Khaled El Dardiry speaks about his life as an in-house counsel for Orascom Construction Industries in Egypt and discusses the challenges of working in emerging markets.
"Urbanisation in emerging countries has forced governments to invest in infrastructure – increasing construction activity and demand for equipment."
Robert Gaitskell QC of Keating Chambers examines developments in international construction dispute resolution.
"In today’s challenging financial circumstances lawyers are obliged to identify the most cost-effective way of resolving any particular dispute. This is particularly the case with construction disputes, where a conventional arbitration can easily run for weeks and consume costs well into millions of dollars per party."
In this edition, we identify 523 practitioners from 302 firms and 48 countries who are considered leading lawyers in the field of construction law. Several firms stand out due to the number of inclusions they achieve, with Pinsent Masons boasting more listings than any other firm. It has lawyers recognised from 18 different jurisdictions, demonstrating its impressive geographical reach. Jones Day also has a high number of practitioners singled out, as does top-tier US firm Peckar & Abramson.
We also select the 15 most highly regarded individuals in the world for construction law who stand out for their experience and expertise.
With the benefit of over 15 years of research and tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, as well as hundreds of hours of interviews with legal professionals worldwide, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the global construction market.
Our research uses the recommendations of private practitioners and corporate clients across the globe in order to pick out the 503 lawyers from 48 countries who lead the field worldwide. Leading the way once again in our research is Pinsent Masons. The construction powerhouse demonstrates its international presence with an outstanding 19 lawyers noted for their expertise in this practice area. Jones Day fields an impressive eight lawyers to this publication, three of whom are from the firm’s San Francisco office. From Borden Ladner Gervais, seven exceptional lawyers are selected for inclusion and US boutique Smith Currie & Hancock boasts six listings in this edition.
With the benefit of over 17 years of independent research, encompassing thousands of votes from international clients and private practitioners, and hundreds of hours of interviews, Who’s Who Legal examines the recent trends and developments in the global construction law marketplace.
In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide.
With the benefit of over 15 years of independent research, encompassing thousands of votes from international clients a private practitioners, and hundreds of hours of interviews, Who’s Who Legal examines the recent trends and developments in the global construction law marketplace.
Building on more than a decade of research, comprising thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners and hundreds of hours of interviews with leading lawyers, Who's Who Legal provides a snapshot of trends and developments in the international construction legal market as the global economy moves beyond the devastating effects of the global financial crisis.
This article analyses the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide.
Our research has revealed 417 construction law experts in 37 jurisdictions who can truly be considered leaders in the field.
Most of the lawyers we interviewed for this publication said they had seen fewer major insolvencies in the construction industry than they had expected at the outset of the economic downturn.
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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.