Looking at endemic corruption in the construction sector, Júlio César Bueno of Pinheiro Neto Advogados highlights the need for new regulations, transparency and better governance within the industry.
Who’s Who Legal brings together two leading figures, Colin Ong (Dr Legal Services, Brunei) and Don Gavin (Akerman, US), to discuss emerging domestic trends, the construction sector’s possible resurgence as a result of improving economic conditions and other key issues affecting the legal market.
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.
While the global construction industry is beginning to gain pace once more, the after-shocks of the global financial crisis are still being felt by the law firms and practitioners tending to the industry. Cost-conscious, sophisticated clients are the new norm, challenging the legal market to adapt to their needs for globalised advice and price certainty.
In our most comprehensive research to date, 103 leading expert witnesses are identified from 55 firms across 11 jurisdictions. Several firms achieve a high number of listings including international construction consulting firm Hill International which is represented by 17 experts across Europe, Asia, the US and the Middle East. Top-tier consulting firms Navigant and FTI Consulting also feature prominently in this year’s results highlighting the sophisticated market of expert witnesses providing testimony in the ever-burgeoning number of construction disputes.
This edition lists 685 practitioners – all leaders in the field of construction law – from 369 firms across 56 countries. Pinsent Masons tops our research once again, boasting 26 listings, including impressive candidates across the UK, Middle East and the Asia Pacific region. Several firms stand out in the US, including the pre-eminent construction firm Peckar & Abramson as well as full-service firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Keating Chambers once again impresses in this year’s research with 19 listings, demonstrating the high quality of the UK bar.
The 9th edition of Construction is a truly global analysis of the market, featuring 552 leading practitioners from 314 firms across 59 jurisdictions.
The outstanding law firms in this guide are mostly domestically focused, but there are a number of strong international offerings. Pinsent Masons leads our research overall, boasting strength and depth in the UK and Asia. Leading lawyers from King & Spalding and Jones Day stretch across Asia, Europe and the US. Meanwhile, Clyde & Co, Herbert Smith Freehills, White & Case and Hogan Lovells also feature prominently across the global market.
The highly competitive US market is home to some impressive outfits, including Peckar & Abramson, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Smith Currie & Hancock. Borden Ladner Gervais earns special recognition for its stand out position in the Canadian market, while Clayton Utz leads the way in Australia.
Given the demand for leading barristers in high-stakes construction litigation and arbitration, it is not surprising to see Keating Chambers and Atkin Chambers feature at the top of our research.
We have also identified the most highly regarded individuals in this area. This year, we recognise 10 lawyers in the US market and five stand outs each in Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.
In this year’s research we introduce a section focusing on the world’s leading construction experts, namely those who provide expert analysis and testimony and litigation and arbitration pertaining to high-profile and complex construction disputes.
After the global construction industry experienced a moderate upward trend in 2014, contributors in several jurisdictions have indicated a continued improvement in the construction market in recent months as improved economic conditions have led to increased investor confidence and bank lending, with reports of greater funding availability for new construction projects, in terms of both traditional and creative financing. The US acts as a particular example of this trend, with many optimistic about the sector’s continued expansion over the course of 2015. As one respondent noted, “We hope to see a broader range of industry participants in the market in the next couple of years and have seen more work in terms of commercial building, particularly for clients in the technology sector.”
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.
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