In this chapter, we identify 113 future leaders across the construction sector. They have been selected for their skill and experience in assisting domestic and international clients on a range of high value construction projects across a variety of sectors.
Most highly regarded
Julian Bailey comes “highly recommended” as “a master on construction contracts” thanks to his extensive “knowledge on case law”.
Daniel Garton stands out as “an excellent advocate” for his “firm grasp of construction issues” and his “ability to develop legal strategies to underpin complex construction disputes”.
Clare Connellan is a leading construction lawyer in the UK market, who possesses significant experience acting across a range of high-profile construction disputes.
David Ulbrick is renowned for being “very knowledgeable on the law” and for his “fantastic ability to articulate complex issues”.
Stacey Collins wins praise from sources who note that “his technical ability in his area of practice is impressive”. They also highlight “his broad commercial and market knowledge”.
Alvin Ho “quickly earns the confidence of those he is dealing with” thanks to his “ability to quickly understand technical issues”. He is “highly effective at explaining legal arguments”.
Other Leading Individuals
Ante Golem of Herbert Smith Freehills “has an excellent understanding of the industry and of client requirements” according to sources who add: “He is a pleasure to work with.”
HFW’s Matthew Blycha possesses strong experience on a broad range of infrastructure and construction projects across Asia, Australia and the Middle East.
At Singleton Urqhart Reynolds & Vogel, James Little “is very calm and always open to listening to our ideas” remark impressed sources who note: “He is straight forward to deal with and he discusses the matters and options available to us from a legal point of view.”
Andrea Lee at Glaholt Bowles “is pre-eminent in her field of dispute resolution”. She is endorsed for her “excellent knowledge of construction law and matters related to professional liability”.
Juan Pablo Stitchkin at Carey garners widespread plaudits from peers who regard him as a “great lawyer” for his impressive construction practice.
Fieldfisher’s Dan Preston gains recommendations for his impressive construction and projects practice, with sources noting that he is “well regarded and is very pleasant to deal with”.
Kwadwo Sarkodie at Mayer Brown is “a serious professional” who is distinguished among peers as “a very experienced construction practitioner”.
At Charles Russell Speechlys, Rupa Lakha is “an excellent solicitor”, lauded by peers who “rate her very highly” for her “top-quality” construction practice.
Edward Shaw with DLA Piper is “one of those fantastic lawyers that gets involved in all phases of a claim and manages to create the expected output even when the dispute becomes complicated”, praise sources.
Robbie Leckie of CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang is “a very knowledgeable construction lawyer” who is recognised for his “involvement in high-profile cases”.
James Pickavance at Jones Day enjoys “a fantastic reputation” in the construction sector and is praised for his “excellent client management skills”.
Gowling WLG’s Daniel Wood is “a very skilled and experienced individual” who is “strategic and effective in representing his construction industry clients”.
Kimmo Heikkinen of Frontia Attorneys has built up an impressive practice and is singled out among peers for his extensive knowledge of the construction industry.
Valentine Chessa of CastaldiPartners enjoys an excellent reputation in the field for her notable dispute resolution practice.
Bastian Fuchs at TOPJUS Rechtsanwälte Kupferschmid & Partner “is a well-recognised name across the construction industry" who is highlighted by peers as “an up-and-coming lawyer in Germany".
Dennis Wong at Cocking & Co is” highly experienced in construction disputes” and is lauded as “one of the best in the local market” thanks to his “hugely impressive knowledge of construction matters”.
Venna Cheng at Mayer Brown draws praise for her impressive practice and her sophisticated advice on construction disputes.
Karen Killoran at Arthur Cox enjoys an excellent reputation for her wide-ranging experience in construction contracts.
United Arab Emirates
Cameron Cuffe at Ashurst Dubai “has excellent sector knowledge” and is lauded for his “impressive ability to identify issues and map out likely direction of dispute and advise on litigation strategy accordingly”.
Matthew Heywood of Mantle Law is “an exceptionally safe pair of hands” who draws high praise for his “in-depth knowledge of the Middle East” and his “clear understanding of the priorities and pressures of clients”.
The “simply amazing” Kim Rosenberg with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has “a fantastic reputation” in the market for her “excellence on construction disputes”.
Avinash Pradhan at Rajah & Tann Singapore “has an intimate knowledge of construction law” remark sources who add: “He has good advocacy skills and an ability to explain complex concepts concisely.”
Ignacio Santabaya at Pérez-Llorca “is a truly reliable and competent practitioner”, lauded for his “broad sector expertise and vast experience in conflict resolution”.
Most highly regarded
Zulfikar Khayum is an esteemed junior in the market who offers his clients top-tier construction expertise.
Mark Chennells QC displays extensive experience in construction disputes and his highly regarded among peers who applaud his work in this space.
Camille Slow is an “extremely well prepared” top-notch barrister who is known for profound ability when it comes to complex construction issues.
William Webb is a “future QC for sure” according to peers who recognise him for his excellent work in the space.
Rachael O’Hagan is a respected junior barrister who focuses her notable practice on a range of construction disputes.
Other Leading Individuals
Nuala Simpson with 7 Wentworth Selborne Chambers is highly thought of as the “best junior” in the market, known for being “formidable at cross examination”.
Arwyn Jones at Pinsent Masons is “very well accomplished” in the construction sector and is “highly thought of by clients”.
Sanjay Patel at 4 Pump Court gains recognition for his top-tier expertise across a wide range of construction disputes and contentious proceedings.
Calvin Cheuk of Des Voeux Chambers is an “excellent junior counsel” who “performs in construction disputes in excess of his years’ experience”.
Susanne van de Pest with Van der Feltz advocaten is “always fully and thoroughly prepared" note impressed sources who add: "She communicates very clearly and is particularly very customer-friendly in her services."
Silvia Martínez Sastre of Hogan Lovells gains plaudits as “one of the best lawyers in Spain” thanks to her “broad sector knowledge” and adept ability to be “incisive and get straight to the point”.
Lalive’s China Irwin is highlighted for her “very impressive” work on construction-related arbitration proceedings. Sources note her willingness to go “above and beyond” for those she is working with.
Katherine Bell at Schellenberg Wittmer “is a top-notch construction lawyer for all advisory matters” and “combines deep knowledge of construction law with specific disputes expertise, making her an excellent choice for any construction dispute”.
United Arab Emirates
CMS’ Courtney Rothery is a widely respected lawyer, applauded for her experience of acting on a range of construction disputes throughout the region.