In the latest edition of WWL: Construction we recognise 848 of the world’s best construction lawyers. They have been selected for their outstanding expertise and experience in resolving complex multi–jurisdictional construction disputes via a range of dispute resolution methods.
The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Who’s Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Richard Laudy is a leading light in the construction market, singled out among peers for his “outstanding” work on and extensive experience of infrastructure projects.
Neal Morris can “simplify even the most complex matters” according to impressed sources, who applaud his ability to “identify and focus on the core issues.”
The incredibly “knowledgeable” Jonathan French is “always ready to help with general advice, supply agreements and drafting correspondence” commend sources.
Colin Fraser ranks prominently among peers and is recognised as “a highly skilled and very experienced construction lawyer”.
Louise Forster is an “exceptionally talented and experienced” lawyer, considered a go-to name for complex construction and engineering projects.
Mark Roe “should definitely be in your list” laud peers, who hail him as a top name for dispute resolution across the construction sector.
Phillip Capper is a “big name” who is “very well known in the market”. He stands out among peers as someone who is “absolutely brilliant” when it comes to construction-related arbitration.
Christopher Seppälä wins praise for his sweeping knowledge of international construction matters and adept handling of related disputes arising out of the oil and gas industry.
Charles Nairac is a distinguished name in the construction and infrastructure sectors, where he has considerable experience handling high-value arbitrations.
Ellis Baker is held in high esteem by market commentators who single him out as “a true FIDIC expert”.
Christophe von Krause is acclaimed for his top-notch practice that sees him adeptly handle a wide variety of construction disputes.
Anders Reldén is a top name in the Swedish construction market, esteemed for his “excellent” work on sector-related disputes in litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Nicholas Gould is a pre-eminent name in the construction industry, where he is lauded as “a highly experienced and internationally recognised practitioner”.
Jeremy Glover draws high praise from peers who consider him “an outstanding lawyer with impressive cross-border experience”.
Simon Tolson is widely commended for being “an exceptionally intelligent and thorough lawyer”, with one peer adding, “Clients rate him very highly.”
Karen Gidwani is enthusiastically credited with being “the most organised and capable solicitor I have come across. A delight to work with and very hard-working.”
Adam Constable QC is a leading construction silk at the UK Bar, lauded as a “fantastic legal mind” who is “brilliant to work with.”
John Marrin QC is “one of the top people in this area” and an esteemed arbitrator handling contentious construction disputes in the oil and gas sector.
Calum Lamont is destined “to go very far” effuse peers, who credit him with impeccable knowledge of commercial and public construction projects.
Robert Gaitskell QC is “absolutely sensational” remark peers who note, “He is fabulous at working through issues and understanding concepts in an effective and efficient manner.”
Rosemary Jackson QC draws praise form market sources as “one of the best construction mediators out there”.
Richard Harding QC is “a superb arbitrator” according to impressed commentators adding, “He is particularly good across UAE matters.”
The “outstanding” Marcus Taverner QC is highly esteemed for his strong expertise in contentious construction matters having represented clients domestically and internationally.
Simon Hughes QC is a “very intelligent man with a great grasp of issues” state peers adding, “He’s always one step ahead.”
Sarah Hannaford QC is recognised for her superb construction practice where she is renowned for her in-depth expertise acting for claimants in high–value disputes.
Piers Stansfield QC wins praise for his “ability to absorb complex technical detail, enabling him to test the expert’s understanding of their subject”.
Simon Hargreaves QC is well thought of among sources who distinguish him as “a brilliant advocate – determined, clever and tenacious”.
David Streatfeild-James QC is universally commended as “an outstanding and impressive advocate – rightly lauded as one of the best” in the construction sector.
Manus McMullan QC is “a phenomenal lawyer” remark impressed peers. He is particularly sought after for his skill in energy and construction disputes.
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC is lauded as “a force to be reckoned with” when it comes to international construction disputes.
Rupert Choat is a well-established name in the construction industry, with an enviable reputation for his work on project-related disputes.
Nicholas Dennys QC is considered a top name at the UK Bar for disputes spanning the construction, engineering and energy sectors.
Riaz Hussain QC is “an excellent advocate” who is considered to be “equally good on paper as he is on his feet”.
Simon Lofthouse QC stands out among peers for his “ability to get on top of the material and own the detail”.
Stephanie Barwise QC is highly recommended for the breadth of her experience handling complex construction proceedings.
Andrew White QC is “a very experienced construction advocate, with a thorough grasp of complex issues”.
Steven Walker QC is a “highly effective performer in court” comment market sources, who add that he is “a great barrister”.
Other Leading Individuals
Vera van Houtte of Van Houtte Partners is highly recommended for her wealth of experience as chair and sole arbitrator in construction-related disputes.
4 Pump Court’s Sean Brannigan QC “has been a stand-out construction silk for a long time” say impressed peers, who add that he is “highly able and engaging as an advocate.”
Nick Henchie with Vinson & Elkins is a seasoned arbitrator with expansive know-how of construction contracts and procurement strategies.
Lindy Patterson QC with 39 Essex Chambers is “one of the best experts in construction law I have ever met” praises one source, with another stating, “She is an example for excellence.”
Sally Davies with Mayer Brown International is a “stellar litigator” who is “highly sought after for PI disputes”.
Edward Corbett of Corbett & Co International Construction Lawyers is well thought of among peers who consider him to be “one of the thought leaders in construction law”.
John Bishop at Arbitration Chambers draws widespread plaudits for his first-class construction practice, and deep expertise in sector-related arbitration disputes.
Mark Lloyd-Williams is an “exceptional talent” applaud peers, who recognise him for his work as an arbitrator and mediator in contentious construction proceedings.
Adrian Bell CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang is “one of the best all-round lawyers I’ve worked with” compliments one impressed source, while another adds: “He is very astute on both legal and commercial issues.”
Steven Williams has a strong reputation in the construction market for his first-class dispute resolution practice.
DLA Piper’s Caroline Pope impresses market sources with her “excellent” handling of construction and engineering disputes.
Tony Dymond at Debevoise & Plimpton has built up an impressive construction practice, earning him a reputation as a “strategic thinker with complete control over all the points”.
John Wright ArbDB Chambers is “an arbitration and dispute resolution specialist” who is “well known in the wider international arbitrator community”.
Hamish Lal with Akin Gump is “a knowledgeable and approachable practitioner”, renowned for his outstanding work representing clients in high-value construction disputes.
Jane Davies Evans at 3 Verulam Buildings is highly regarded as “an industry thought leader” and is a practitioner who “knows more than most experts about delay and quantum matters”.
4 Pump Court’s Rachel Ansell QC is “exceptional” according to sources, one of whom notes: “She is one of the best silks I’ve worked with.”
Anneliese Day QC at Fountain Court Chambers is “one of the top talents in the field” according to impressed respondents who add that she is “highly competent across a wide range of issues”.
Steven Carey with Charles Russell Speechlys is praised as “a relentless practitioner” who is vastly experienced in navigating clients through contract negotiations and litigation.
At Simmons & Simmons, Emily Monastiriotis has “a very good reputation” in the construction sector, thanks to her expert handling of contentious proceedings.
Shy Jackson with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner “has impressive knowledge of the industry, current projects and trends” say market sources. They add that “his thorough and up-to-date knowledge of relevant case law and authorities make him an inspiring construction lawyer”.
Todd Wetmore with Three Crowns draws high praise from peers, one of whom says, “I cannot think of anyone more outstanding.”
David Brown at Clyde & Co is a pre-eminent lawyer, considered a top name for construction–related dispute resolution.
Claus Lenz with LDR Lenz Dispute Resolution is a well–established practitioner with sweeping knowledge of construction project and contract disputes.
Andreas Roquette at CMS Hasche Sigle is an “excellent practitioner of renown” remark impressed market commentators.
Rouven Bodenheimer of BODENHEIMER is highly thought of among sources, who praise him as “very knowledgeable” and the “best construction lawyer in Germany”.
At Bunni & Associates, Nael Bunni possesses significant experience across the full range of insurance disputes, with one respondent singling him out as “an outstanding third-party dispute resolver”.
Kevin Kelly at McCann Fitzgerald is highlighted for his top-notch work on contract structures and public procurement matters, as well for being a “strategic thinker with expert knowledge”.
Marco Padovan at Studio Legal Padovan earns plaudits for his adept handling of construction projects in Italy and globally. He is “extremely bright, competent and very experienced” according to impressed peers.
At LawFed BRSA, Mauro Rubino-Sammartano is simply “an institution” when it comes construction arbitration proceedings.
At Severijn Hulshof, Leendert van den Berg is lauded by peers as “smart, honest, hard-working and always representing his client’s best interests in complex construction matters”.
Lyda Bier at Dr L Bier is recognised for her expert handling of arbitration and litigation proceedings across the construction sector.
Sjoerd Rutten with HabrakenRutten impresses with his excellent work on high-value litigation and arbitration cases, where he has also served as an expert.
Jean-Pierre van Eijck at Spant Advocaten has a strong focus on contract litigation, and possesses considerable experience before various courts and tribunals.
Shona Frame with CMS is a leading light in the Scottish construction sector who stands out as a “deepy experienced practitioner with strong analytical skills”.
Peers praise Fenella Mason at Burness Paull as being at the “top of her game” and extremely “highly regarded” in the construction industry.
At Brodies, David Arnott is renowned for his superb practice that see him handle some of Scotland’s most high-profile construction disputes.
Alfonso Iglesia with Cuatrecasas is a go–to name for contract negotiation matters and has built a strong practice representing clients in domestic and international proceedings.
Michael Schneider with Lalive is praised for his deep knowledge of construction disputes and his representational work under various arbitration rules including ICC, ICSID and LCIA.
Nathalie Voser at rothorn legal is “brilliant and extremely well prepared" according to sources who note: "She has relevant business acumen, good judgment and years of experience in a range of industries."
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Michael Grose is held in high regard by sources who single him our as an “extremely well-known” and “superb construction arbitration practitioner”.
Mark Blanksby is praised as “an experienced lawyer who is able to cut through to the real issues”, with another peer adding, “He is superb with clients.”
Laura Warren impresses market sources with her adept handling of high-value construction disputes across the Middle East.
Philip Norman “has a huge amount of experience representing clients in the energy, and oil and gas sector” compliment sources.
Other Leading Individuals
Independent practitioner Karim Hafez draws praise for his top-tier construction practice from market commentators, one of whom states, “I would definitely recommend him.”
Mohamed Abdel Wahab at Zulficar & Partners Law Firm is “smart, experienced, has great communication skills” commend sources adding that he “is extremely responsive with record turnaround time”.
Khaled El Shalakany of Shalakany Law Office is highly esteemed for his expertise in contentious matters across the Middle East, where he has been involved as counsel, expert and arbitrator.
Nayla Comair-Obeid of Obeid Law Firm is “absolutely brilliant” and “a key practitioner in the construction sector”, particularly sought after for her skill in domestic and international arbitration.
Ziad Obeid is a stellar arbitrator who helps clients with complex contractual arrangements and bilateral investment treaty proceedings.
Matthew Walker at K&L Gates Law is “an exceptional lawyer with top skills in identifying the legal and factual issues” in construction cases.
Sultan Al-Abdulla of Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners is held in high regard by market sources who consider him “a distinguished lawyer among his Qatari peers”.
Dentons’ Andrew Jones has a remarkable reputation for advising clients on major infrastructure projects and retail developments.
Rob Morson with Pinsent Masons is a well-established name in the construction market, with an enviable reputation for his work on non-contentious matters such as procurement strategies.
Gerhard Rudolph at Allen & Overy is able to “find creative solutions to complex problems and adopt commercial, solutions-based approaches”.
Nikita Lalla of LNP Attorneys is commended for the breadth of her experience handling complex commercial construction matters.
Ziya Akinci at Akinci Law Ofice is a “very competent and professional” construction specialist, who focuses his practice on domestic and international arbitration proceedings.
At Kurucu Law Offices, Serkan Catalpinar “can visualise the potential risks clients face and plan out how to mitigate them”. Sources add: “Serkan never gives up and will try to find alternative ways until he reaches the target!”
United Arab Emirates
Erin Miller Rankin at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer “has a wonderful range of experience representing clients in infrastructure sectors” and “is a superb advisor to her clients”.
Paul Taylor of Eversheds Sutherland is “a fantastic lawyer”, regarded as “brilliant at getting everyone to work together” on complex construction claims.
The “hugely impressive” Michelle Nelson at Reed Smith is lauded as “one of the leading lawyers in her field”.
Stephen Burke with Addleshaw Goddard is an “extremely bright guy” who “should definitely be included in the list” according to impressed peers.
Alex Bevan at Shearman & Sterling is “simply one of the best in the industry" according to sources who remark: "He is intelligent and focused on successfully representing and positioning his construction-industry clients."
Independent arbitrator Adrian Cole “has a huge amount of experience in the region acting for contractor and energy clients, as well as acting as an arbitrator”.
K & L Gates Law’s Jonathan Sutcliffe is “an outstanding arbitrator” with one peer saying, “He is the most detail-oriented lawyer I’ve ever known – he is on top of every detail.”
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Adrian Bastianelli III is “a fantastic lawyer”, looked upon with enormous favour for his excellence in handling high-value construction litigation and claims.
Michael Branca ranks highly among peers and is recognised as “very skilled and knowledgeable in all elements of federal contracting”.
Jeffrey Ford is and “incredibly competent” construction lawyer, renowned for his deep expertise in related contracts and dispute resolution.
Charles Kenny is “always attempting to resolve issues on the higher level without getting distracted by personal action” say sources. They add: “He is an excellent negotiator, with extensive knowledge of construction law.”
Bruce Meller possesses “superior advocacy skill” remark sources who note he is “at the very top of the profession”.
R Bruce Reynolds is “always a leading force to look to” remark respondents who say, “He is a fantastic practitioner who really knows his field.”
Sharon Vogel is “highly respected and a leader in the field”, particularly “with respect to complex construction matters involving surety and insurance issues".
Helmut Johannsen is distinguished among peers for his impressive depth of knowledge of construction arbitration proceedings.
John Singleton QC is “one of the most experienced and pre-eminent construction lawyers in BC” say sources who add: “He is very effective counsel and extremely knowledgeable in this field.”
Shelly Ewald is a “really wonderful, highly competent practitioner” and “a joy to work with” praise sources.
Vivian Katsantonis has a strong reputation in the US construction market thanks to her excellent dispute resolution practice.
Robert Niesley is a highly respected specialist in construction litigation spanning delay and lost productivity claims.
Lewis Baker is held in high esteem by market commentators, who commend his in-depth understanding of construction projects.
Randall Hafer is recognised for his top-tier advisory practice that spans domestic and international construction projects.
Brian Corgan is a “fantastic and influential attorney” sought out for his deep expertise in alternative dispute resolution in the construction sector.
R Lee Mann III is an esteemed lawyer with considerable experience mediating, arbitrating and litigating on a wide variety of complex construction disputes.
William Dorris is revered for assisting clients in construction disputes, resolving them through mediation and alternative dispute resolution.
Joseph Kovars is credited with impressive knowledge of construction disputes, spanning delays, contract terminations and bid protests.
H Fielder Martin is distinguished for his great depth of knowledge of alternative dispute resolution proceedings within the construction sector.
J Ben Shapiro is a standout player in the construction field, and draws commendation for his impressive dispute resolution practice.
Other Leading Individuals
Glenn Ackerley with WeirFoulds has a strong focus on project developments, and possesses considerable experience handling contentious disputes.
Duncan Glaholt of Glaholt ADR is revered for his encyclopaedic knowledge of construction law and top-class advocacy practice, spanning disputes relating to large-scale projects.
Howard Krupat with DLA Piper (Canada) has a strong background in mediation, arbitration and litigation. He is renowned for his superb work on contract, delay and professional negligence claims.
Matthew Alter of Cassels Brock & Blackwell is recognised for his strong advisory practice where he demonstrates impressive expertise in drafting agreements and handling related acquisitions.
At Borden Ladner Gervais, Richard Shaban is distinguished as one of Canada’s foremost practitioners when it comes to advising on projects and construction contracts.
John Heisse with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is highly respected among peers who consider him “such a fantastic, all–round attorney”.
Deborah Ballati at JAMS is vastly experienced across delay and defect claims arising out of commercial and residential construction projects.
Kenneth Gibbs is an “incredibly impressive lawyer” who stands out among peers for his excellent meditation practice.
Andrew Ness is “extremely knowledgeable across all construction law” say peers, who look commend his expertise in domestic and international disputes.
Jennifer Fletcher at Eversheds Sutherland is “a first-rate lawyer”, distinguished as “smart, savvy and well experienced in major disputes”.
Carlton Fields’ Cary Wright is “a really strong lawyer” one peer says adding, “I’m always happy to see him on the other side; he’s an outstanding attorney.”
Gibbons’ Robert MacPherson regularly acts as a disputes counsel for contractors, suppliers and owners involved in public and private construction projects.
Venable’s Kenneth Roberts is esteemed for his strong track record advising international and domestic clients on procurement proceedings and construction projects.
Mark Friedlander is one of the most prominent international construction specialists in the market, renowned for his experience of alternative project delivery methods.
Marion Hack with Troutman Pepper is a well-recognised figure in the US construction sector, hailed as “off-the-charts good”.
At Diepenbrock Elkin, Eileen Diepenbrock is “really knowledgeable” in construction law, and excels when it comes to high-value litigation proceedings.
Ty Laurie of Laurie & Brennan is a respected practitioner, particularly sought after for his skill in contract negotiations and project delivery.
Douglas Oles of Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker is “an amazing attorney, with an incredible knowledge of the construction industry” comment impressed sources.
Marilyn Klinger at SMTD Law is “a knowledgeable surety lawyer” and “an experienced attorney focused on winning and/ or defending complex construction matters”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Jaime Gray is a go-to name in the Peruvian market, who excels when it comes to complex construction disputes.
Gustavo Paredes is well thought of by peers who say he “provides in-depth analysis and imaginative solutions to problems”.
Enrique Navarro Sologuren is a market-leading lawyer, renowned for his tremendous understanding of the construction and real estate sectors.
Other Leading Individuals
The “fantastic” Ricardo Barreiro Deymonnaz with Barreiro Oliva De Luca Jaca & Nicastro is hailed by market commentators as a highly respected construction lawyer who really “knows his stuff”.
Júlio César Bueno with Pinheiro Neto Advogados is the "best construction lawyer in Brazil, second to none” according to impressed sources. They add: “He is a great lawyer in construction projects, especially for litigation and arbitration."
Fernando Marcondes of LO Baptista Advogados is “a leader in the field” who “possesses strategic and holistic thinking and is able to focus on the heart of the matter”.
Thiago Fernandes Moreira with Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados possesses “vast and solid experience across the construction industry” and is “quick to propose objective and conciliatory solutions to parties”.
Cecilia Vidigal Monteiro de Barros with NHM Advogados is held in high esteem by sources who consider her an authority on M&A and infrastructure issues within the construction sector.
Ana Carolina Barretto at Veirano Advogados stands out for her in-depth expertise in infrastructure development and project finance deals.
Juan Eduardo Figueroa Valdés of Figueroa Illanes Huidobro and Salamanca Abogados has a wealth of experience handling contentious arbitration proceedings across the construction sector.
Víctor Ríos Salas of Molina Ríos Abogados “is a great advocate” according to sources who note he “is very comfortable in the court room”.
Alex Wagemann of Wagemann Lawyers & Engineers is “an excellent expert and a great lawyer” and is lauded as “a very strong construction specialist”.
Carey’s Oscar Aitken is a renowned figure in the Chilean market, commended for his significant experience in construction contracts.
Brigard & Urrutia Abogados’ Carlos Umaña Trujillo is hailed for his top-notch construction practice, that spans infrastructure, natural resources and procurement matters.
Roberto Hernandez–Garcia at Comad is "a fabulous lawyer” according to impressed respondents, one of whom says: “I have nothing but good things to say about him.”
María del Carmen Tovar of Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker & McKenzie International has a strong reputation among market sources as a construction agreement specialist.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Dean Lewis has “a reputation for being the leading construction lawyer in Hong Kong”. He “speaks with both authority and experience; giving clear concise advice”.
Vincent Connor provides “instant insight into the nature of a dispute” and is renowned for his “vast range of knowledge on construction contracts”.
Mohan Pillay is “easily in the top three bracket of lawyers in Singapore” laud peers, who applaud his ability to give “prompt and precise advice of Singaporean and international contract law”.
Peter Clayton is praised for his “ability to communicate with both technical and legal professionals on a wide range of construction matters”.
Matthew Croagh has a strong reputation in the market for his excellent work on a range of matters including high–value project disputes.
Andrew Stephenson is a leading figure in the Australian construction market. He is singled out among peers as “a creative lawyer” who can “get his clients exactly what they need”.
Michael Earwaker is recognised in the market for his impressive track record handling a wide variety of construction-related disputes.
Chris Ryder is a well-established lawyer in the construction sector, often sought out by clients to navigate high-value dispute proceedings.
Andrew Chew is recognised by peers for his expertise in construction project development, having worked on some of Australia’s most significant infrastructure projects.
Eugene Tan is “an exceptional lawyer” who is “well known in the market for his litigation work” within the construction sector.
Beth Cubitt “has great expertise in the field at a local and international level” remark sources, one of whom adds: “Beth is one of the best!”
Paul Starr is “a star of the field” according to respondents who commend his highly respected construction dispute resolution practice.
Donovan Ferguson is a standout construction lawyer with deep and varied experience in dispute resolution methods.
Other Leading Individuals
Independent Douglas Jones AO is "a very impressive arbitrator" who " manages the process with exceptional efficiency". Sources applaud his “superstar status” and consider him “the best at managing expert advice”.
Donald Charrett at Expert Determination Chambers is “so eminently respected in the industry" praise sources, adding: "His quick wit mixed with his eminently calm style makes him a great lawyer and person to work with."
At Herbert Smith Freehills, Hew Kian Heong is “very experienced in all construction-related matters” and impresses with his excellent work representing clients in disputes both domestically and internationally.
Ian Pennicott QC with Des Voeux Chambers is “the number one counsel in in construction disputes in Hong Kong” comment peers. He is an “all-round top performer, unequalled in the market”.
Glenn Haley with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner “provides top-drawer legal advice and is renowned for his abilities to lead a dispute team through complex issues”.
Minter Ellison’s Stephen Yip is “highly effective and knowledgeable about the legal aspects of construction law”. He is “without doubt an all-round expert” who is “highly competent across all the areas he advises on”.
Timothy Hill at Temple Chambers draws widespread recognition from peers for his profound knowledge of construction law.
Neil Kaplan CBE QC SBS at Arbitration Chambers is “one of the best in the world” for construction disputes, and one of the “best-known arbitrators in Asia”.
Craig Shepherd at Herbert Smith Freehills GJBJ is widely regarded as an expert in disputes over oil and gas infrastructure, and construction contracts.
At Peter & Kim, John Bang “is always thoroughly prepared, pays attention to every detail and is a very incisive strategist”. Sources say: “He demonstrates true expertise in the construction arena.”
Kap-You (Kevin) Kim is “an industry leader in construction arbitration", recognised as "one of the top international arbitration practitioners based in Korea".
Vivian Ramsey QC with Singapore International Commercial Court is held in high esteem among peers who recognised him as “a superstar arbitrator”.
Emerson Holmes at King & Spalding (Singapore) is a “top–notch litigator” who impresses with his disputes practice that spans the oil and gas sector.
David Bateson at 39 Essex Chambers “is a standout arbitrator” regarded by sources as “excellent and very experienced - a pure construction practitioner”.