Construction 2018: Analysis

In this year’s edition of WWL: Construction 799 lawyers from nearly 400 firms are recognised as the leading names in construction law worldwide. Their expertise includes M&A and transactional matters, regulatory issues, and disputes including complex litigation and multi-jurisdictional arbitration. The foremost practitioners in each region are highlighted.


Thought Leaders
1. Rupert Choat Atkin Chambers, London
2. Nicholas Gould Fenwick Elliott, London
3. Phillip Capper White & Case, London
4. Tony Marshall Hogan Lovells, London
5. Christopher Seppälä White & Case, Paris
6. Roger ter Haar QC Crown Office Chambers, London
7. Edward Corbett Corbett & Co International Construction Lawyers Ltd, London
8. Claus Lenz LST Lenz Schuhmacher Tap Rechtsanwälte, Cologne
The 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 being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.

Leading Firms

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.

PINSENT MASONS leads the field of European construction experts, with nine standout practitioners listed in its construction advisory and disputes practice.
Colin Fraser is a widely respected expert on construction disputes in the UK and acts for parties
across the supply chain. One respondent says, “Colin has a depth of understanding on construction disputes and always gives practical commercial advice with an innovative approach to problem-solving.”
Melanie Grimmitt is a go-to construction lawyer with almost two decades of experience. She has particular expertise in the energy sector and is praised for her “intellectual strength, knowledge and drive”. One peer says, “Melanie has the energy and enthusiasm we require to deliver large and complex projects.”
Kenny Valentine leads the construction team in Scotland where he is widely praised for his work on infrastructure-related construction projects. One respondent says, “He is an extremely competent and knowledgeable individual who understands the objectives and gives no-nonsense strategic advice.”
The “excellent” Mark Roe frequently acts on construction arbitrations with claims of over US$100 million and has experience acting for clients in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Richard Laudy is a long-standing presence in construction law and is recognised as a leading adviser on procurement matters. One source says, “He is about as good as it gets.”

CMS, now the world’s sixth-largest law firm following its merger with Nabarro and Olswang, achieves eight listings across its European offices.
Shona Frame is one of the most highly respected construction disputes lawyers in Scotland. She is frequently instructed by both contractors and developers and is praised by one source who says, “Shona has a fantastic knowledge of the law – a client is always in safe hands with her on their side as she will give every matter 100 per cent commitment.”
Adrian Bell is a leading name in complex construction disputes and is well known for his in-depth knowledge of dispute resolution procedure both in the UK and internationally. Sources recommend him as “an excellent and tenacious litigator” with “strong  construction knowledge”.
The “highly pragmatic” Steven Williams handles high-profile complex construction disputes and is widely respected for his work in the energy and infrastructure sector.
Andreas Roquette receives praise for his work on large construction projects in the energy, infrastructure and projects sectors where he is regarded as “a very fair and targeted negotiator”.

US-based international firm WHITE & CASE sees seven leading lawyers recommended in Europe.
Phillip Capper is recognised as one of the market’s foremost construction arbitration practitioners. He frequently acts as an arbitrator and is recognised as “a fantastic advocate who is extremely well known”.
Christopher Seppälä in Paris is well known for his prowess in international commercial arbitration relating to complex international construction projects. He represents both multinational corporations and sovereign states and is recommended by one source as “simply the best in Paris”.
The “outstanding” Charles Nairac in Paris receives plaudits for his work in commercial and investor-state construction arbitration, where he has in-depth experience spanning nearly 20 years.
Ellis Baker is a long-standing authority on construction law, including procurement, drafting and negation of contracts. According to sources, “His reputation in the world of FIDIC speaks for itself.”

FENWICK ELLIOTT is nationally renowned for its work in the sector and sees six lawyers recommended.
Nicholas Gould is a well-known and widely respected practitioner who is “highly active in the market”. He has significant experience in contract drafting, project strategy and handling disputes both in the UK and internationally. He is also a solicitor-advocate and is praised for his “sound understanding of FIDIC contracts”.
Simon Tolson is recommended as “an excellent and dynamic lawyer” with significant experience of construction law and disputes. He is widely regarded for his deep knowledge gained through many years working in the construction industry.
Jeremy Glover is a construction specialist with expertise in handling procurement, project strategy and disputes both in the UK and internationally. One source says, “Jeremy has an excellent knowledge of international construction and is calm and unflappable.”

Four lawyers are recognised as outstanding practitioners at esteemed global law firm DENTONS.
Gurbinder Grewal is widely regarded as a go-to name on contentious construction matters. He is praised as “a very sharp lawyer and a quick thinker who always sees the big picture”.
Kirsti Olson is praised for her expertise and long-standing experience in construction litigation. She is recognised as a very good tactician” and is noted for her “ability to unravel complicated claims and apply her experience, insight and strategic thinking”.

Leading City law firm HOGAN LOVELLS achieves four listings.
Tony Marshall is an expert in procurement and has over 30 years of experience advising on construction and infrastructure projects. One source says, “Tony is one of the very best construction lawyers working today.”
Roberta Downey is widely respected for her advice on the best ways to mitigate and manage risks in construction projects. She has vast experience in this field and is praised as “great on major transport projects”.

Swiss outfit LALIVE sees four practitioners recognised.
Michael Schneider is a leading name in arbitration with over 40 years of experience as counsel and significant work as an arbitrator. He frequently advises both states and corporations on construction matters.
Also recommended is Matthias Scherer,  who is widely recognised as a go-to practitioner on international construction arbitration and litigation.

Boasting a strong presence in the industry, MAYER BROWN sees four leading lights recommended.
Sally Davies is “a well-known name” with long-standing expertise in construction litigation, arbitration, mediation and adjudication. She advises all parties in disputes within the industry.
Jonathan Hosie receives praise for his expertise in the field of risk management. He has an international practice and is frequently instructed on matters of procurement, drafting and dispute management.

Three esteemed practitioners are listed at BERWIN LEIGHTON PAISNER.
Marc Hanson handles both domestic and international projects in the construction space, particularly procurement matters. He acts for developers, institutions, contracts and public bodies and is praised as “a highly knowledgeable and commercial lawyer”.
Caroline Pope is a well-regarded name on project advisory matters and disputes. One source says, “Caroline is strategically very sharp and great with clients.”
John Hughes-D’Aeth is widely known in the market for his work advising on procurement matters and the drafting of construction documentation where he has “excellent technical ability”.

UK Bar

KEATING CHAMBERS specialises in construction-related matters and this year sees 21 of its barristers listed as leading names.
Adam Constable QC is widely regarded as the go-to name on onshore and offshore construction claims. He is considered “one of the best advocates in the country, with a ferocious memory for facts and details.”
John Marrin QC is a seasoned expert on High Court and appellate matters and frequently acts on international disputes. One respondent says, “John is perhaps the pre-eminent construction arbitrator of his generation.”
David Thomas QC is recognised for his superb construction practice and his work acting on disputes from the UK, GCC countries and Asia.
Marcus Taverner QC is “a fierce advocate and intellectual” with over 30 years of experience appearing in the Construction Court, appellate courts and the Supreme Court.
Richard Harding QC is a highly reputed silk who acts as counsel for governments, private companies, contractors and professionals. He is recommended for hisparticularly strong expertise in Middle East-related cases”.
Stephen Furst QC is recognised for his expertise in handing technically complex claims including pipelines, power station construction and oil rig design.
Richard Fernyhough QC receives praise for his work as an arbitrator and adjudicator, which he has performed full-time since 2009. He has over 35 years of experience in construction law.
Rosemary Jackson QC is recommended as one of the foremost names in construction mediation and is “clearly a leader in the field”.
Robert Gaitskell QC has in-depth knowledge of the construction industry and is an expert in handling disputes across numerous regions including Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Simon Hargreaves QC is a go-to name on litigation, arbitration and adjudication in high-stakes disputes involving construction and engineering.

Construction and engineering specialist set ATKIN CHAMBERS sees 20 barristers listed this year.
Rupert Choat is one of the foremost names in construction arbitration and litigation. He regularly acts on UK-based and international residential, commercial and hospitality projects for high-end clients. One source says, “It is a joy to watch Rupert in cross-examination. He is highly committed and always has an excellent grasp of the detail.”
Nicholas Dennys QC receives high praise as “a bright, hard-working and determined lawyer” who is frequently appointed in common and civil law disputes across the construction and infrastructure sectors.
The “first-rate” David Streatfeild-James QC is recommended for his litigation and arbitration skills, which he deploys in high-value complex construction disputes. He acts for employers, contractors and consultants across numerous jurisdictions.
Humphrey Lloyd QC is a highly experienced figure in the construction field. He has in-depth experience of complex disputes, which has been bolstered by over 20 years sitting as a judge in the Technology and Construction Court in London.
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC is widely regarded as an expert on technically and legally complex construction projects including infrastructure, power plants and listed buildings. She is considered “a great advocate with strong industry expertise who offers sound advice”.
Andrew White QC receives plaudits for his work on large-scale construction projects for contractors, employers and governments. He is a seasoned counsel in litigation, arbitration, mediation and expert determinations.
Manus McMullan QC is recommended as “an extremely strong QC”, by interviewees. He is well known for his work on disputes concerning variations, defects and loss. One source says, “Manus has a very good analytical brain, is super calm under pressure and thinks outside the box.”

39 ESSEX CHAMBERS sees seven outstanding barristers recognised.
The “first-class” Lindy Patterson QC is a leading name in international arbitration and adjudication in the construction industry. One source describes her as “a tremendously experienced litigator”.
John Tackaberry QC is a well-known figure at the Bar who is renowned for his arbitration work. He draws on a depth of experience from disputes across the world including Europe, the Middle East and the United States.
Paul Darling OBE QC is highly respected for his work on complex and large-scale cases, including those featuring multiple parties. He is regarded as “an excellent and pragmatic advocate”.

CROWN OFFICE CHAMBERS achieves five listings.
Roger ter Haar QC receives praise across the board for his work in construction arbitration and frequently acts on disputes with claims of several hundred million US dollars. One respondent says, “Roger is one of the best advocates I have ever seen – a fantastic presence.”
David Sears QC is a top name in construction disputes including projects, energy, public procurement and transport.
Kim Franklin QC is widely regarded as a superb operator in the industry with an international practice and expertise in complex disputes. One peer says, “Kim brings great clarity to complex issues.”

Four leading barristers are recommended at 4 NEW SQUARE.
Paul Cowan is frequently instructed on high-stakes construction projects in both common and civil law jurisdictions and is recognised as “a commercial and practical barrister”.
Roger Stewart QC receives high praise for his work as both counsel and arbitrator on high-value disputes.

4 PUMP COURT sees four leading lights recognised.
Sean Brannigan QC is an eminent figure in the construction space; he also has significant experience in matters of professional negligence. One source says, “Sean is a knowledgeable and creative silk. His mind is razor-sharp but he is hugely practical and approachable.”
Rachel Ansell QC is well respected for her prowess in particularly technical cases and for her experience in disputes across a range of projects. One respondent says, “Rachel immediately drills down to the key issues in a case and always asks the right questions.”

Other Leading Individuals

We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.


Vera Van Houtte of VAN HOUTTE PARTNERS is well regarded for the “invaluable experience” she provides on construction projects and her work on high-stakes disputes acting as counsel, litigator and arbitrator.

England (Bar)

Jane Davies Evans at 3 VERULAM BUILDINGS is highlighted by sources as "a very smart, thorough barrister and an excellent communicator" who has "first-rate experience in some of the world's largest and most complex construction disputes".


Tuomas Lehtinen of CASTRÉN & SNELLMAN ATTORNEYS receives praise as a “creative, out-of-the-box thinker” with specialist knowledge of international construction projects and dispute resolution.


At arbitration boutique THREE CROWNS, Todd Wetmore is well known for his vast experience in construction arbitration. He frequently handles large disputes arising across Europe and has a record of defending substantial claims. One respondent says, “Todd is one of the most brilliant minds in construction law.”

CLYDE & CO’s David Brown has in-depth experience of construction disputes across the world and is an expert in handling arbitrations conducted under ICC rules as both counsel and arbitrator.

Marc Frilet of FRILET - SOCIÉTÉ D'AVOCATS is well known and well regarded for his work in construction and infrastructure projects including public-private partnerships. He has in-depth experience acting on projects both in France and internationally.


LST LENZ SCHUHMACHER TAP RECHTSANWÄLTE sees Claus Lenz recommended as “a studied and fair arbitrator” and an expert on FIDIC contracts. One source says, “Claus educates himself about his cases and has an astute sense of what details are pertinent and significant.”


Rory Kirrane of MASON HAYES & CURRAN frequently advises on major construction projects in Ireland. He is also an expert in energy and utilities projects and ADR, where he receives widespread praise from our sources.


Mauro Rubino-Sammartano of LAWFED BRSA is a distinguished arbitrator and litigator with a long-standing reputation in construction law.


Leendert van den Berg at SEVERIJN HULSHOF is an expert on construction procurement and process where he acts for contractors, advisers and clients. He is also well regarded in disputes work where one source says, “Leendert is very resourceful and has a good eye for strategy.”


CUATRECASASAlfonso Iglesia is recognised as a specialist in construction and engineering law with long-standing experience of negotiating international projects. He is also well respected for his work in litigation and arbitration.


INDEPENDENT PRACTITIONER Tore Wiwen-Nilsson is “very well reputed” for his work in international construction transactions and foreign direct investment matters. He is widely respected for his distinguished arbitration practice.

 Middle East

Thought Leaders
1. Mark Blanksby Clyde & Co, Dubai
2. Erin Miller Rankin Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Dubai
3. Michael Grose Clyde & Co, Dubai
4. Craig Shepherd Herbert Smith Freehills, Dubai
5. Adrian Cole King & Spalding, Abu Dhabi

Leading Firms

PINSENT MASONS achieves the most listings of any firm in the region, with six practitioners included.
Michelle Nelson comes highly recommended in contentious matters where she frequently acts for employers, contractors and consultants. She is recognised as “a detail-oriented hard worker, with a measured and thoughtful approach to complex issues”.
Mark Raymont receives praise for his expert advice on complex construction and engineering matters and frequently appears in court litigation in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). One source says, “Mark is tireless in his advocacy. He always looks at problems in a comprehensive way and applies realistic solutions.”
Sachin Kerur is a well-known presence in the market and is highly regarded for his “authenticity in thinking strategically and commercially".

Construction specialist CLYDE & CO sees three practitioners recommended.
Mark Blanksby is widely known as a leader in the field with superb knowledge of construction law. He frequently advises clients on pipeline and transport projects alongside arbitration and delay claims. He is praised by peers who call him “a star” and “a standout construction specialist”.
Michael Grose is “the leading light in town” who “really understands local law”. He often represents parties on significant projects in the region and is recognised as an authority on FIDIC and the drafting of construction contracts.
Ben Cowling has experience across the region in acting for international clients on construction projects in the Arabian Gulf. One respondent calls him “the leading western solicitor based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”.

Three exceptional names are recognised at DENTONS.
Peter Richard Shaw has four decades of experience acting on construction arbitrations. He frequently sits as an arbitrator and is recognised as “one of the leading lawyer-arbitrators operating in the Middle East".
David Courtney-Hatcher is widely respected for his “thorough knowledge of Omani law” and his “commercial and practical approach”. He has in-depth experience of drafting construction contracts and represents clients in all aspects of the process.
Andrew Jones receives praise for his work for clients across the region and is a well-known presence in contentious matters. He is recognised as “a very well-regarded litigator and a great communicator”.

Two top lawyers are listed at KING & SPALDING.
"Accomplished lawyer and arbitrator” Adrian Cole is a first-rate name in construction disputes. He also has significant expertise in professional liability and business torts and is respected for his “legal and tactical knowledge regarding the management of construction claims”.
Tim Burbury is a highly regarded figure in PPP transactions with almost two decades of experience in the region. One source says, “Tim is one of the hardest working lawyers I know.”

Other Leading Individuals

United Arab Emirates

Erin Miller Rankin at FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER is a leading light when it comes to advising on legal strategy and risk management for major construction projects. She is praised for her “major international practice” and “strong and direct approach”.

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLSCraig Shepherd frequently acts on high-profile disputes in the Middle East. He has over 25 years of experience in the construction and infrastructure field. One source says, “Craig is able to quickly and authoritatively summarise what he views as the strengths and weaknesses of your case and knows the detail.”

North America

Thought Leaders
1. R Bruce Reynolds Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP, Toronto
2. Andrew D Ness Jones Day, Washington DC
3. Adrian L Bastianelli III Peckar & Abramson PC, Washington DC
4. Trent H Cotney Cotney Construction Law, Tampa
5. Duncan W Glaholt Glaholt, Toronto
6. Douglas Oles Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, Seattle
7. Robert S Peckar Peckar & Abramson PC, New York
8. John R Heisse Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, San Francisco
9. Philip L Bruner JAMS International, Minneapolis
10. Sharon Vogel Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP, Toronto

Leading Firms

PECKAR & ABRAMSON, recognised within the market for its leading expertise in construction law, sees 15 standout practitioners listed, including two Thought Leaders.
Adrian Bastianelli III is a leader in the field of construction claims and litigation. He specialises in government construction contracts and has wide experience in ADR. Peers recommend him as “an excellent practitioner who is very well regarded in the construction industry”.
Name partner Robert Peckar is praised as “a big name in the field” and is recognised for his work representing contractors both in the US and internationally. He is also a leading authority on methods of dispute avoidance.
The “excellent” Michael Branca represents general and prime contractors and managers where he is widely respected for his in-depth construction law experience.
Howard Rosen is a go-to name on private project transactions and disputes. He is recognised as a top litigator in the construction sector.
Stephen Reisman is well known for his expertise of matters at every stage of the construction pipeline including contracts negotiation and drafting, design, insurance and disputes. One source says, “Stephen is one of the best in the state of Florida.”
Steven Charney receives widespread praise for his work on construction projects in the US and his particular expertise representing contractors across the country.
Jerry Brodsky is particularly well regarded for his work in the Latin American market and is a director of the firm’s dedicated practice group for the region. He is highly experienced in cross-border transactions.

WATT TIEDER HOFFAR & FITZGERALD sees seven leading practitioners recognised.
Shelly Ewald is a go-to name for international, domestic and federal government construction contracts. She has significant experience representing public contractors on a range of projects.
Lewis Baker receives high praise for his skills in the defence and litigation of construction claims and has in-depth experience of appearing before the federal and state courts. He is highly visible in the government contracts sphere.

Robert Fitzgerald is highly regarded for his expertise in construction contracts and his long-standing international practice.
Carter Reid acts on both public and private projects and issues of surety law where he is widely esteemed for his in-depth experience.

BAKER DONELSON BEARMAN CALDWELL & BERKOWITZ achieves seven listings across its construction practice.
Joseph Kovars is an “excellent attorney” who is highly respected in the market for his work representing contractors, sureties and owners. He also has significant experience as first chair litigator in complex construction cases.
Fielder Martin is one of the most distinguished construction disputes lawyers in the country and is particularly well regarded as an expert on alternative dispute resolution.
Ben Shapiro is recommended as a standout practitioner who is esteemed for his work representing owners, contractors and design professionals in disputes.
Edward Meyerson receives praise for his work in construction litigation, mediation and arbitration and is “a dean when it comes to representing subcontractors”.

SMITH CURRIE & HANCOCK sees six leading practitioners listed.
The “fantastic” James Butler III is recognised as an outstanding contract negotiator. He has in-depth experience in power plants, energy and infrastructure projects.
Thomas Abernathy IV receives praise as “an excellent government contracts lawyer” and also has expertise in surety matters.
Philip Beck is well respected in the market for his contracts drafting and litigation experience. One source says, “He is knowledgeable and always makes the case easy to negotiate.”

PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW PITTMAN has six practitioners listed this year.
John Heisse is “an excellent construction litigator with significant international practice experience”. He regularly advises international owners, builders and developers on complex public and private matters where he provides a “practical and pragmatic approach”.
Jeffrey Gans is an expert negotiator who receives high praise for his work on guaranteed maximum price (GMP) and public-private partnership projects.
Also listed is David Dekker, who is well regarded in the market for his prowess in civil litigation and dispute resolution.

Six practitioners are recognised at SCHIFF HARDIN.
Paul Lurie acts as counsel for major owners, developers, designers and construction firms. He is well respected for his ability to resolve disputes and is recognised as “an elder statesman of ADR”.
The “excellent” Mark Friedlander has three decades of experience in the construction and design market and is known as a go-to name for resolving legal aspects in any industry matter.
Kenneth Roberts is esteemed for his superlative work on procurement and transactions, contract negotiation and dispute resolution.

BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS boasts one of the leading construction groups in Canada and sees five lawyers listed this year.
Jeffrey Vallis QC is one of the foremost construction litigators in the country. He acts for owners, contractors and lenders in large-scale disputes and is recognised as being “right at the top of the market”.
Richard Shaban receives praise as a go-to P3 lawyer. He is qualified as both a solicitor and barrister and has expertise in dispute resolution matters all the way up to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Daniel Ayotte is another top practitioner at the firm who is well respected for his advice to clients on contract drafting and risks relating to construction projects.

Esteemed Canadian firm SINGLETON URQUHART REYNOLDS VOGEL achieves four listings.
Bruce Reynolds is described as “the best of the bunch”, both nationally and internationally, for the resolution of construction claims, with one source calling him “one of the most knowledgeable and capable construction industry lawyers Canada has ever produced”. He regularly acts on industrial and infrastructure disputes and is praised by peers for his “deep knowledge and experience, thorough preparation and ability to analyse complex issues”.
The “excellent” Sharon Vogel is a top construction disputes lawyer who leaves sources “very impressed” for her work on the litigation and arbitration of construction disputes. Her wide-ranging practice includes expertise in liens, breach of contracts, and delays and omissions.

The JAMS networks sees five accredited experts recommended.
Philip Bruner is a recognised leader in construction arbitration and mediation and a Thought Leader in our research this year. He receives praise as “an indispensable reference” who “wrote the treatise on construction law”.
Kenneth Gibbs receives praise as “a superlative mediator” who boasts expertise both in the US and worldwide.

Five leading lights are recommended at KILPATRICK TOWNSEND & STOCKTON.
Randall Hafer is widely regarded as an authority on construction projects including tunnels, power plants, mass transit systems, and commercial and hospitality buildings. He has “an excellent reputation” in the market.
Brian Corgan is a go-to name on construction contracts, litigation and ADR. He also has vast experience in relation to construction projects in the energy sector.

JONES DAY achieves three listings this year.
The “very well-respected” Andrew Ness is an expert on troubled projects and complex construction and design matters. One respondent says, “Andrew is the best construction lawyer in the country.”
Stephen O'Neal has over 30 years of experience in construction law. He has been involved in numerous projects in the energy, industrial and infrastructure sectors, and is “a well-known name who is highly regarded in the industry”.
Daniel McMillan receives praise for his expertise in complex transactions and litigation, and has significant experience in construction disputes.

Specialist boutique GLAHOLT sees two top lawyers recognised in Canada.
Duncan Glaholt is one of the country’s most respected construction lawyers and advocates. He has over 30 years of experience in infrastructure and energy projects where he is described as “very impressive” by interviewees.
Brendan Bowles regularly acts for clients looking for mediation and arbitration of disputes. He is recognised as a superb construction lawyer with in-depth knowledge of the law at every stage of the process.

Other Leading Individuals


Christopher O'Connor QC of O'CONNOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION is one of Canada’s most eminent construction disputes practitioners. He draws on decades of experience in the industry and is highly respected for his abilities as an arbitrator and mediator.


COTNEY CONSTRUCTION LAW's founding partner Trent Cotney is renowned for his work defending contractors, suppliers and manufacturers, and his expertise in all aspects of construction litigation. One source says, “Trent is an advocate for the industry and the leading lawyer in this field.”

Danny Shaw at SHAW ADR is recognised as “an excellent construction lawyer” with a razor-sharp focus on construction arbitration and mediation.

Douglas Oles of OLES MORRISON RINKER & BAKER is highlighted as the “number-one construction lawyer in Washington”, according to interviewees. He has more than 30 years of experience in high-value and complex construction claims.

Rest of the World

Thought Leaders
1. Júlio César Bueno Pinheiro Neto Advogados, São Paulo
2. Andrew Stephenson Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Melbourne
3. Douglas Jones AO Independent Arbitrator, Sydney
4. Jaime Gray Navarro Sologuren Paredes Gray, Lima
5. Philip Jeyaretnam SC Dentons Rodyk & Davidson, Singapore

Leading Firms

PINSENT MASONS sees 17 practitioners recognised in its offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Australia.
Mohan Pillay comes highly recommended for his work on commercial litigation and arbitration in Singapore and surrounding jurisdictions where he is regarded as “a very skilled practitioner”.
Dean Lewis is very well known in the Hong Kong market for his expertise in both contentious and non-contentious matters. He frequently acts on large-scale projects in the building, power, water and waste sectors.
Vincent Connor is a leading name in the Hong Kong infrastructure sector and is also a qualified solicitor advocate.
The “excellent” Peter Clayton in Hong Kong receives praise for his advisory services to clients on contractual matters, projects and disputes. He regularly represents contractors, managers and government bodies.
Fraser McMillan is a go-to name on disputes. He has an international practice and has significant experience of arbitration, mediation and adjudication. One source says, “Fraser is extremely knowledgeable and calm under pressure.”
Jon Howes in Singapore “really stands out for commercial contract and construction disputes work”. He also acts on professional negligence matters in the construction industry for both public and private sector clients.
Shane Voigt is “very well known in the South African construction industry” and is called “a leader in construction dispute resolution”. One respondent commends his “attention to detail and willingness to be of service at short notice”.

Eight leading lawyers are listed from Australian full-service firm CLAYTON UTZ.
Dale Brackin is a go-to name on construction contracts negotiation and drafting. He is regarded as “the elder statesman in Queensland” with “years of experience on big cases”.
Frank Bannon is a top-class construction disputes lawyer with in-depth experience in litigation, arbitration, expert determination and mediation. One source says, “Frank is a leader in the field and a great strategist.”
Sergio Capelli receives praise for his work on public infrastructure projects where he acts for clients in both the public and private sector.

CLYDE & CO achieves six listings in Asia and Oceania.
Gilbert Kwok is a long-standing figure in the market who advises developers and contractors on large-scale construction matters. He acts on significant projects in numerous jurisdictions within the region.
Beth Cubitt in Perth is praised highly for her expertise and advisory work on major construction disputes, often involving cross-border elements.
The “excellent” Ian Cocking is head of the Hong Kong and China construction group. He is a well-known figure in the region and has over three decades of experience in the negotiation and management of major construction projects.

Six standout practitioners are recognised at CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH.
The “top-rate” Andrew Stephenson is one of the leading projects lawyers in Australia. He specialises in contractual project risk allocation and dispute resolution where he advises both private investors and government bodies.
Andrew Chew frequently acts on large-scale projects, often with  complex engineering aspects, and is highly reputed in the market for his expertise.
Chris Ryder receives praise for his ability to find creative solutions to complex construction disputes. He advises on projects to the value of several billion US dollars.

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS sees five lawyers listed.
Elaine Wong in Tokyo is one of the firm’s leading lights in dispute resolution. She has expertise across a range of jurisdictions and is praised as “very knowledgeable, positive and friendly” and “excellent for international construction contract management”.
The “excellent” Emma Kratochvilova frequently advises on large-scale construction projects and disputes in the energy and transport sector where she acts on matters involving delay, loss and defects.

Five outstanding names are recognised at HOGAN LOVELLS.
Timothy Hill in Hong Kong is recommended for his in-depth experience of construction contracts and disputes. He has over 25 years of experience and is “very well known in the field”.
James Kwan is esteemed for his work in construction arbitration across the world where he provides “an excellent service”.

KING & WOOD MALLESONS achieves five listings.
Peter Pether is “a leader in the field” of construction dispute resolution. He is one of the best-known names in Sydney where he has a long-standing practice.
Paul Starr is a go-to name on construction and infrastructure dispute resolution and “a legend of the Hong Kong legal scene”.

NAVARRO SOLOGUREN PAREDES GRAY achieves three listings.
Founding partner Jaime Gray is recognised as a construction law specialist with in-depth expertise in alternative dispute resolution. Sources consider him to be “an outstanding lawyer” and “one of the most measured, precise, organised men you could hope to meet”.
Enrique Navarro Sologuren receives high praise for his consulting expertise and his long-standing presence in construction law spanning over 30 years.
The “excellent” Gustavo Paredes is a go-to name for construction and public procurement. He is frequently instructed to represent clients in high-stakes arbitration proceedings.

Two lawyers are listed at DENTONS RODYK & DAVIDSON in Singapore.
Philip Jeyaretnam SC is praised as one of the leading litigators and arbitration counsel working in the sector today. Respondents recommend him as “a great lawyer with a very high profile”.
Lawrence Teh is highly respected for his work on onshore and offshore construction disputes. He is often appointed as an arbitrator in international disputes.

Other Leading Individuals


INDEPENDENT PRACTITIONER Douglas Jones AO is one of the leading international arbitrators in the market today. He frequently acts on construction disputes with claims upwards of US$1 billion. One source says, “Doug is an internationally renowned arbitrator; he has vast experience and understands the key issues immediately.”


Júlio César Bueno of PINHEIRO NETO ADVOGADOS is an “unbelievably skilled” lawyer who is “very renowned in the construction field”, and is frequently sought-after for his expertise in construction and engineering contracts. One respondent says, “Júlio is one of the brightest in our industry.”


Colin Ong QC of DR COLIN ONG LEGAL SERVICES is one of the most distinguished construction barristers in the region and is well known for his leading knowledge of infrastructure matters.

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