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Construction 2019: Analysis

In this year’s edition of WWL: Construction we present 837 of the world’s elite construction practitioners from nearly 400 firms. They have been selected for their outstanding experience and expertise in resolving complex multi-jurisdictional construction disputes through litigation, mediation and arbitration.

Construction 2019: Future Leaders

For the first time, we present our Future Leaders in construction law, featuring 53 partners and 43 non-partners who stand out for their excellence across the sector. Their expertise runs the gamut of construction-related matters, from contracts and regulatory issues to project development and complex commercial disputes.

Construction 2019: Expert Witnesses

This year’s guide highlights 190 expert witnesses in the field of construction. The individuals stand out for their impressive work on disputes across a range of industry sectors, with claims arising from both quantum and delay issues on major projects.

Construction 2019: Trends & Conclusions

On the face of it, it would appear that the tale of the global construction market is one of old versus new. The “old” are the traditional western markets of Europe and the US, where fewer new construction projects are starting. The “new”, by contrast, is characterised by change and breakneck-speed development: markets in the Middle East and Asia have seen colossal state-sponsored projects proliferate at an accelerated rate in the last five years. China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has turbo-charged construction projects across four continents, while in the Middle East, law firms continue to set up offices in order to take part in the construction boom seen in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. That is not to say, however, that all is well in the world of the “new”. With the BRI turning five years old in 2018, the projects that sprang from it are now reaching completion, and disputes arising from them abound. Meanwhile, in the Middle East, there are cash-flow issues surrounding projects, and an explosion of arbitration proceedings to resolve construction disputes. Finally, as with many sectors, technological innovation continues relentlessly in construction practice as well as those who provide legal advice, with exciting developments in imaging and design software, as well as blockchain implementation.

Life Sciences 2019

We are delighted to present WWL: Life Sciences 2019, which covers 1,067 lawyers from 443 firms worldwide. Below we highlight the leading firms overall in our research this year. Many of the firms below earn individual listings across multiple chapters, although most show one clear area of strength. Hogan Lovells once again receives the most listings, with 41 in this edition, an increase of two from 2018, continuing to demonstrate strong product liability and transactional practices at the heart of its offering. Bird & Bird and Sidley Austin also perform well, each receiving 30 listings, with the former's Patent Litigation offering excelling this year, and the latter's expertise on the regulatory side particularly evident. Individual practice area charts can be found in the respective chapter analyses.

Life Sciences: Patent Litigation 2019

This chapter sees 403 practitioners highlighted for their work in the field. European firms dominate the listings this year, with Bristows, Bird & Bird and Hoyng Rokh Monegier all performing strongly this year. In North America, Canadian and US firms vie for pre-eminence in our research, with several outfits performing exceptionally well. In Australia, meanwhile, Allens stands out for its depth of expertise in the field.

Life Sciences: Product Liability 2019

This year’s guide to the leading practitioners in the life sciences - product liability space sees 297 individuals highlighted for their impressive work across a range of mandates arising from medical device, pharmaceutical and biotech-related issues.

Life Sciences: Regulatory 2019

This year’s guide sees 314 individuals highlighted across 42 jurisdictions for their work on regulatory matters in the life sciences space.

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