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.

Methodology

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.
 

Europe

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Edward Corbett Corbett & Co International Construction Lawyers Ltd, London
2. Phillip Capper  White & Case LLP, London
3. Tony Marshall  Hogan Lovells International LLP, London
4. Rupert Choat  Atkin Chambers, London
5. Nicholas Gould  Fenwick Elliott LLP, London
6. Adam Constable QC  Keating Chambers, London 
7. Nick Henchie  Vinson & Elkins LLP, London
8. Christopher Seppälä  White & Case LLP, Paris
9. Claus H Lenz  LST Lenz Schuhmacher Tap Rechtsanwälte, Cologne
10. Lindy Patterson QC  39 Essex Chambers, London
11. Mauro Rubino-Sammartano LawFed BRSA, Milan
12. Sally Davies  Mayer Brown International LLP, London
13. Nathalie Voser  Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd, Zurich 

Leading Firms

Pinsent Masons

An international commercial specialist that dominates the construction market with 12 listings for its lawyers.
Richard Laudy is a cornerstone of the construction market in the UK. Market commentators “think very highly of him” and his “truly excellent practice”. His expertise lies in advisory work and procurement strategies for clients in the engineering and construction sectors.
Frédéric Gillion is one of France’s most highly rated construction specialists, and draws praise for his construction practice from peers across Europe and Asia. He is qualified to practise English and French law and advises on the full life cycle of construction projects across various sectors.
Shy Jackson is an esteemed construction specialist who achieves acclaim as “a really top-notch lawyer” and “a very smart practitioner”. He is well versed in advising clients on contract operation and dispute resolution in domestic and international projects.
Mark Roe, a distinguished construction practitioner in the European market, is praised as “an excellent lawyer” by respondents in the field. His practice focuses on dispute resolution in construction and engineering matters, especially through arbitration.
Neal Morris stands out in the construction market for his “great depth and breadth of experience in construction law” as well as “his pragmatic and imaginative approach to tactical planning”.
Martin Harman CBE draws respect as “a senior statesman” in the construction market and “an outstanding lawyer”. He has over 35 years of experience advising on high-profile domestic and international infrastructure projects.
Sources impart that Jonathan French is an accomplished construction lawyer, and laud his “business-oriented approach, technical rigour, availability and accommodation of urgent time constraints”.
Colin Fraser earns high acclaim as “a frighteningly bright, tenacious lawyer” who “thinks outside the legal box to find the right solutions”. He has experience in representing contractors, clients and sub-contractors in the full gamut of construction disputes.

White & Case

Achieves highly in this year’s research, with nine listings in total.
Phillip Capper is one of the world’s brightest stars in construction practice in this year’s research. Peers praise him as “the standout construction lawyer in England and Wales” and “a top lawyer who is highly experienced”.
Global Elite Thought Leader Christopher Seppälä is a premier construction specialist in France. Respondents describe him as “an authority figure in FIDIC cases and a senior statesman of the field”. He is an international construction arbitration specialist, with expertise in civil engineering and nuclear projects.
Ellis Baker draws emphatic praise from peers across Europe, the Middle East and the US for his construction practice. He is identified as “one of the leading lights in construction law” in the UK.
Charles Nairac ranks prominently this year in our research, standing out among peers as “very knowledgeable on technical legal points”. He is well versed in commercial and investor-state arbitrations pertaining to the construction sector.
Mark Goodrich ranks as one of the go-to lawyers in the UK for construction matters. Sources stress that he is “a bona fide construction specialist in the market”, offering clients over 20 years of experience in international arbitrations regarding energy and infrastructure projects.
Nicolas Bouchardie is a highly regarded name in France and across Europe for construction matters. His speciality lies in international construction arbitrations, and he is qualified to practise in France and New York.

Fenwick Elliott

Demonstrates the strength and depth of its construction expertise with seven listings this year.
Nicholas Gould is highlighted as one of the titans of the international construction market. Peers heap praise on him as “an exceptional lawyer and leader, with a large market presence”, and describe him as “brilliant in his presentation of cases and very persuasive in his arguments”.
Simon Tolson is “a very intelligent and thorough lawyer” who brings over 25 years of experience to bear for clients in construction and engineering disputes.
Jeremy Glover is described as “an excellent lawyer” and “a hard-working professional with extensive expertise in international construction laws”.
Richard Smellie is “an outstanding practitioner”, according to market commentators, who emphasise his “excellent client management skills, very conscientious manner and hands-on approach”.
Karen Gidwani wins recognition from peers as “a fantastic lawyer” who is “very effective in the field”. Her practice focuses on the resolution of complex construction contract disputes.
Tony Francis is counted as “a hugely influential practitioner” in the UK market by respondents. He has considerable expertise in a broad range of contract disputes in the construction and energy sectors.
Victoria Russell is a “detail-oriented lawyer and fights wholeheartedly for clients’ interests”, say sources, and is considered “a forceful opponent” who is “highly experienced and commercial in her approach”. Her focus lies on dispute resolution in the forms of litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Leading Sets

Keating Chambers

Demonstrates its prowess as a pre-eminent commercial construction set, with its members obtaining 22 listings in total this year.
Adam Constable QC is identified as one of the leading lights of construction advocacy at the Bar. Respondents comment on his “very busy practice”, which focuses on offshore and onshore construction and engineering disputes. 
Robert Gaitskell QC is a highly distinguished barrister in the field. He is a favourite among clients and peers, who “have no hesitation endorsing him”, and laud him as “undoubtedly one of the top construction arbitrators, with enormous experience”, further noting him as “unflappable and efficient”.
John Marrin QC is described as “a brilliant advocate who is very highly regarded at the Bar”. He specialises in engineering and energy disputes, and has extensive expertise representing clients in the highest courts in the UK as well as in international tribunals.
Richard Harding QC is a highly regarded name among construction law specialists. Peers identify him as “the leading QC across the Middle East” and as a “very diligent and extremely effective barrister”. 
Marcus Taverner QC is “very highly thought of”, by peers, drawing recognition from sources as “an outstanding advocate”. One source effuses, “If you could choose any construction silk, you’d probably pick Marcus.”
Richard Fernyhough QC is “one of the best arbitrators in the world”, highlighted as “a sharp and highly experienced barrister who is scrupulously fair and polite”. He is well versed in a wide range of construction disputes as counsel and arbitrator.
John Uff CBE QC is an esteemed member of the Bar and a highly acclaimed specialist in construction disputes. He brings over 40 years of experience in construction law as a barrister and an arbitrator.
Sources describe Jane Lemon QC as “real star of the Bar”, and credit her as “hard-working and imaginative”, adding that she “combines tenacity with charm”. She is experienced in handling landmark, high-profile domestic and international construction disputes before UK courts.
Rosemary Jackson QC gains recognition as “the first pick for mediation and construction disputes in the UK” and “one of the top mediators around – in any sector”. She possesses over 30 years of experience in construction disputes as an advocate and mediator.
David Thomas QC is “a very impressive, extremely clever advocate, as well as a diligent and calm cross-examiner”, report interviewees. Clients point to “his impressive knowledge and experience in construction disputes and his quick grasp of the facts of the case” as key strengths of his practice.
Simon Hughes QC is “a highly regarded barrister” in the field. One peer comments, “Simon has extensive experience in major construction, engineering, shipbuilding and other offshore energy disputes, and is one of the few experts with insight in all these areas.” 
Calum Lamont earns recognition from peers this year as “a name to watch for the future – he is a star junior and a very quick thinker”. He is singled out in particular for his “excellent work ethic and strategic approach” which make him a “go-to junior” at the Bar. 

Atkin Chambers

This internationally renowned construction set emerges as a leader in the market, with a total of 20 listings for its barristers this year.
Rupert Choat is recognised as one of the elite construction practitioners in the world. Respondents praise him as “a bright and thorough advocate”, and comment that he is “always a pleasure to work with and is a master of his brief”. He has extensive experience as an arbitrator and litigator in PFI/PPP disputes.
David Streatfeild-James QC is “an extremely impressive, thorough advocate” and one of the best construction specialists in the UK in our research. Peers effuse that he is “a star of the construction Bar” and has “a brain the size of a planet, and is commercial with it”.
Nicholas Dennys QC is a prominent construction barrister who is “extremely switched on”, according to sources who describe him as “a very quick, very sharp advocate” and “a thinker who likes to win”.
Andrew White QC attracts recommendations from peers across the UAE, Europe and Asia this year who describe him as “a stunning lawyer”. He is experienced in civil engineering and building disputes surrounding hospitals, airports, shipbuilding and rail operations.
Douglas Jones AO is a Global Elite Thought Leader and “an absolute star among construction arbitrators”, with an exceptional international reputation. He is lauded as “one of the best arbitrators there is” when it comes to construction matters.
Humphrey Lloyd QC ranks highly in our research, with sources identifying him as an advocate with “a big reputation in the construction field”. He acts arbitrator and mediator in complex construction and technology contract disputes.
Steven Walker QC impresses market commentators who say he is “always a tough opponent” and “a pleasure to work with”. Peers also stress that he is “extremely logical, meticulous and a very forceful advocate”.
“Senior statesman of the Bar” John Blackburn QC remains a prominent name in construction matters. He is regularly appointed as arbitrator in construction disputes on an ad hoc basis or under UNICTRAL and LCIA rules.
Simon Lofthouse QC is an esteemed construction specialist who respondents describe as “a very pragmatic advocate with an exceptional commercial approach”.
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC is a well-regarded construction specialist who peers applaud as “an absolutely fantastic advocate”. Her clients in the construction sector include contractors, employers and insurers who come to her for issues such as hospital, power plant and PFI projects.

Other Leading Individuals

Belgium

Vera Van Houtte at Van Houtte Partners BVBA is one of Belgium’s elite construction specialists. Her practice focuses on construction arbitration under ICC rules or UNCITRAL rules, as well as on an ad hoc basis.

Rony Vermeersch of Stibbe is a distinguished name in the Belgian market whose practice deals with construction and engineering contract disputes, project development matters and joint venture issues, as both adviser and litigator.

England

Global Elite Thought Leader Edward Corbett at Corbett & Co International Construction Lawyers is a heavyweight in the international construction field and the top name in Europe according to our research this year. Sources say he is “the star player in the UK market”, with “knowledge that is next to none”.

Tony Marshall of Hogan Lovells is described as “a really excellent lawyer” by peers across Europe and Asia. He possesses over 30 years of expertise in construction procurement matters and dispute resolution.

Nick Henchie with Vinson & Elkins is a highly distinguished construction specialist who sources place in the “top tier for his international construction practice and business acumen”. Peers peg Henchie as “one of the most talented lawyers” in the market while one client calls him “the best solicitor we have ever worked with”.

Lindy Patterson QC from 39 Essex Chambers draws emphatic praise from respondents this year as a “thoughtful, experienced and very client-friendly” barrister. One peer recognises her as “the best expert in construction law I have ever met”.

Sean Brannigan QC at 4 Pump Court is one of the best construction advocates in the market this year, drawing acclaim as “a fabulous lawyer” and “a tough opponent”. Sources are quick to point him out as “an absolute top-notch performer who is quick on his feet and very commercial”.

Rachel Ansell QC with 4 Pump Court can be counted on to provide “great analysis” to clients on thorny construction issues, according to peers. She is an arbitration specialist who is well versed in technically complex engineering disputes.

Sally Davies of Mayer Brown International is highlighted by peers as “a fantastic lawyer whose clients rate her highly”. She has significant experience in advising owners, contractors, engineers and suppliers on the full range of construction matters and dispute resolution strategies.

Hamish Lal from Akin Gump is lauded as “a high-profile name in the market”. His practice focuses on representing clients from a range of sectors on large and technical construction and engineering project disputes, including delay and disruption issues, as well as contractual matters.

Adrian Bell of CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang is held in high esteem by respondents as “a first-rate name” in the market who “knows the sector inside out”. He “offers strategic and workable solutions to complex issues”.

Finland

Tuomas Lehtinen at Castrén & Snellman Attorneys is one the leading lights of the construction market in Finland this year. He has wide-ranging arbitration experience as counsel and arbitrator and also handles litigation and contractual issues.

Saara Paronen of Borenius Attorneys is an acclaimed name in the Finnish construction community. Peers recognise her as “an excellent construction lawyer, especially on the non-contentious side”.

France

David Brown with Clyde & Co is one of France’s best construction specialists. He is identified as “a great lawyer in the market” and as a “prominent practitioner in construction dispute resolution” by various peers across Europe.

Todd Wetmore at Three Crowns is lauded as “an outstanding name in the field” and “a brilliant lawyer” by sources. He has over 25 years of experience in construction disputes.

Peter Rosher of Reed Smith is a construction arbitration expert who draws acclaim as “extremely good counsel deserving of recognition”. Clients say he “is able to identify important issues quickly – and how to deal with them”.

Marc Frilet from Frilet - Société d'Avocats is “a go-to name” in the French market for construction matters. He and his firm specialise in advising clients on a range of matters for domestic and international construction projects, PPPs and mining projects.

Michael Bühler at Jones Day is lauded for “handling client matters with great professionalism, and demonstrating the depth of his understanding of international dispute resolution in complex arbitrations”.

James Castello with King & Spalding “charms arbitration tribunals” and is “well known in the industry and widely recommended”, according to clients. He is praised for providing “an excellent service” and for his “absolutely exceptional handling of case matters”. 

Germany

Claus Lenz of LST Lenz Schuhmacher Tap Rechtsanwälte is a top name in the German market and is known as “a really expert construction lawyer”. He has particular expertise in contractual and dispute resolution mandates.

Andreas Roquette from CMS Hasche Sigle is described as “an outstandingly good practitioner, and a very fair negotiator” and comes “highly recommended” by peers in the German market. He principally advises on large construction and infrastructure project matters, and also works on dispute resolution proceedings.

Rouven Bodenheimer of Bodenheimer Herzberg is praised by peers across Europe, who say, "Lawyers do not come any smarter." He is a specialist in construction dispute resolution.

Jörn Zons with Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner is “a highly recommended name in Germany” and garners praise as “an excellent arbitrator” from peers. His practice focuses on domestic and international construction and engineering projects, including onshore and offshore infrastructure.

Independent practitioner Rainer Schilling is one of Germany’s most respected construction experts. He has 25 years of experience in domestic construction law.

Karl Pörnbacher at Hogan Lovells achieves recognition from peers across Europe this year for his prominent construction practice. He is experienced in domestic and international construction arbitration proceedings.

Stefan Osing of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is one of Germany's most distinguished construction specialists. He is particularly well known for his skill in non-contentious matters.

Greece

Ioannis Vassardanis & Partners is one of Greece’s leading names for construction law and dispute resolution. He draws praise from market commentators across Europe, the Middle East and South America thanks to his extensive experience advising international and domestic clients on all aspects of construction and engineering projects.

Ireland

Nael Bunni with Bunni & Associates ranks as premier-quality construction arbitration specialist in the Irish market this year. He is described as “an extremely thorough, robust and easy professional to work with” and is “hugely experienced in construction arbitration”.

Jarleth Heneghan at William Fry is identified as top name for construction matters in Ireland by sources. He is “an outstanding and extremely affable lawyer”, who peers remark is “making roads in the arbitration world”.

Rory Kirrane from Mason Hayes & Curran is a well-respected name in the global market, with endorsements from peers across the US, Europe and the Middle East for the strength of his expertise in contentious and non-contentious construction matters, acting for funders, developers and contractors.

Italy

Global Elite Thought Leader Mauro Rubino-Sammartano at LawFed BRSA is described as "an institution" in the construction market by peers. He wields considerable experience as an arbitrator in international construction disputes.

Antonio Crivellaro of BonelliErede is acclaimed as “an outstanding practitioner” by respondents this year. He is an international arbitration specialist well versed in advising clients on, among other matters, civil construction projects and infrastructure issues.

Netherlands

Leendert van den Berg with Severijn Hulshof is a go-to name in the Netherlands for construction work, with sources describing him him as “an attentive and responsive professional”. He possesses over 20 years of experience in construction and real estate matters.

Remmert Sluijter from Pot Jonker Advocaten performs strongly in this year’s research. He adeptly advises on major infrastructure and construction project matters, as well as dispute resolution proceedings.

Independent practitioner Lyda Bier earns recommendations from peers across Europe, South America the US and the Middle East this year. Her expertise lies in the intersection of construction and environmental law, with wide-ranging experience in litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Scotland

Shona Frame of CMS Cameron McKenna is a standout name in Scotland and internationally, drawing acclaim as “one of the best legal minds around”. She is a specialist in construction dispute resolution, in particular regarding PFI/PPP contractual disputes.

Colin Fraser with Pinsent Masons achieves high praise from clients as a practitioner who “thinks outside the legal box to find solutions”. He is described as “frighteningly bright, tenacious and deeply committed to his cases”.

David Arnott from Brodies is a respected name in the market, earning plaudits as “an outstandingly good practitioner” in the field. He has over 25 years of experience in large-scale and high-profile construction and infrastructure disputes.

Sweden

Tore Wiwen-Nilsson at Advokat Tore Wiwen-Nilsson is “a well-reputed construction lawyer” who offers clients considerable experience advising on major infrastructure and construction projects, as well as arbitration proceedings.

Bo Linander of Advokatbyrån Hellgren Linander is endorsed as “a highly skilled, competent and renowned lawyer in the market” with “a deep knowledge of the construction industry”.

Anders Reldén with White & Case Advokat is “a shining star when it comes to litigation within the construction industry”, say sources, who note that “he possesses both extensive procedural skills and industry knowledge” .

Switzerland

Nathalie Voser at Schellenberg Wittmer ranks among the elite construction arbitration specialists in Switzerland this year, with sources calling her "exceptionally well versed in any type of construction dispute".

Michael Schneider of Lalive is a prominent name in Switzerland for construction matters with over 40 years of experience in construction, infrastructure and engineering disputes, mainly in international arbitration proceedings.
Bernd Ehle is described as “a first-class practitioner” who is “very thorough, on point and provides clear communication”.
Matthias Scherer is recognised by market commentators as “an excellent arbitrator in the market”. His focus as a practitioner lies in the litigation and arbitration of international construction disputes.

Daniel Greineder at Peter & Partners is “a highly intelligent lawyer who is able to make full use of his great skill as a construction specialist”, states one interviewee. A client effuses that Greineder is “ideally suited to international disputes”.

Roland Hürlimann of Baur Hürlimann is identified by peers as “one of the most dedicated, specialised and renowned construction lawyers in Switzerland”, with impressive experience in international litigation and arbitration involving the construction and engineering sectors.

Turkey

Ziya Akinci at Akinci Law Office earns high praise from peers across Europe for his construction expertise. He is recommended for his exceptional abilities handling disputes in international arbitration fora.

Noyan Göksu of Göksu|Aydın Attorneys at Law is a well-regarded name in Turkey for construction matters, adeptly advising clients on contract negotiation, regulatory issues and dispute resolution.

 

Middle East and Africa

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Michael Grose Clyde & Co, Dubai
2. Thomas Philip Wilson   Squire Patton Boggs (MEA), Dubai 
3. Mark Blanksby  Clyde & Co, Dubai 
4. Erin Miller Rankin  Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Dubai 
5. Peter Richard Shaw  Dentons, Dubai
6. Craig Shepherd  Herbert Smith Freehills, Dubai

Leading Firms

Clyde & Co

This full-service commercial firm performs well in this year’s research with four listings for its lawyers in the Middle East.
Michael Grose ranks as one of the UAE’s premier construction specialists, with “a great reputation in the market”. Peers describe him as “an extremely well-regarded and very experienced lawyer in construction disputes in the Middle East”.
Mark Blanksby is a top-notch practitioner in the international market, described as “a stalwart of the construction industry in the Middle East” and “an outstandingly good lawyer”. He advises contractors, employers and subcontractors on construction and infrastructure projects.
Laura Warren achieves high praise as “an excellent and influential lawyer who is by far the most successful litigator in Qatar”. Respondents highlight in particular her “strong analytical skills”.
Ben Cowling is described as “an impressive practitioner in the market” who is “immersed in the local culture and law of the Middle East”. He has over 15 years of expertise advising clients on transactional claims and construction project disputes across the region.

Dentons

A top international firm with strong presence in the Middle East, that sees four of its lawyers in the region listed this year for their construction work.
Peter Richard Shaw is “an excellent lawyer” and “a standout name in the market, as well as a respected practitioner”, impart sources across the Middle East, Europe and Asia. He brings over 40 years of experience across the full-range of matters involving construction and engineering.
Alastair Young wins praise from peers across Europe and the Middle East for his work in the market. His practice focuses on the litigation and arbitration of engineering and construction projects, including wrongful termination, defects and delay matters.
Andrew Jones is “one of the top litigators in Qatar” and “a great communicator” say peers. He has over 20 years of experience in construction and engineering projects in a variety of sectors, including litigation and arbitration proceedings involving loss issues, project delay and professional negligence.
David Courtney-Hatcher emerges as “a big name in the market” and “one of the best construction lawyers in the Middle East”. Market sources have “a lot of respect for him and his practice”. He is adept at handling transactional and dispute resolution matters.

Pinsent Masons

A leading firm for construction, real estate and infrastructure issues, with six of its lawyers listed in this region.
Mark Raymont is described by peers as “an outstanding practitioner” who is “creative and cautious in his approach” and provides “comprehensive and realistic solutions”. He brings over 25 years of experience to his representation of clients on contractual and commercial matters in the field.
Bill Smith “impresses with his breadth of knowledge, clarity of advice and ability to turn things round very swiftly”, comment interviewees. He is experienced in all forms of dispute resolution pertaining to the construction and engineering sectors.
Jed Savager wins plaudits as a lawyer with “a great demeanour and ability to communicate with clients”, and is highlighted for his work in “a number of high-profile and significant matters”. He has notable expertise advising owners and contractors on infrastructure projects in the energy sector.
Andrew Hibbert is respected and recommended by peers in the UAE and Europe this year for the strength of his his construction practice. He acts as mediator and also has experience in court and arbitration proceedings.

Other Leading Individuals

United Arab Emirates

Thomas Philip Wilson at Squire Patton Boggs is one of the standout names in the construction market this year. Sources identify him as “a very senior leader, with a lot of US litigation and arbitration experience, gained from a number of years in the Middle East”.

Michael Turrini of White & Case is praised as “an excellent all-round practitioner” by respondents. His practice encompasses all matters pertaining to construction and engineering projects, including procurement, contract negotiation and dispute resolution proceedings.

Erin Miller Rankin with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer draws emphatic acclaim as “a star in construction disputes”. She is highlighted for her ability as “a sharp, perceptive and decisive practitioner when making difficult judgement calls”.

Craig Shepherd at Herbert Smith Freehills is a “well-respected” and “high-energy” practitioner who is “very good at being clear and precise in his advice, as well as very commercial”, report impressed interviewees.

 

North America

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. R Bruce Reynolds  Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel, Toronto 
2. Adrian L Bastianelli III  Peckar & Abramson, New York 
3. Robert S Peckar  Peckar & Abramson, Washington, DC
4. Andrew D Ness  Jones Day, Washington, DC
5. Paul Varela  Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino LLP, Tysons Corner
6. Helmut K Johannsen   Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel, Vancouver 
7. Douglas Oles   Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker, Washington, DC  
8. Duncan W Glaholt  Glaholt, Toronto 
9. John R Heisse   Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, San Francisco 
10. Robert J MacPherson  Gibbons PC, Newark 
11. Sharon Vogel  Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel, Toronto 

Leading Firms

Peckar & Abramson

Leads the market in North America for construction expertise in our research, with 17 listings for its practitioners.
Adrian Bastianelli III is a giant of the international construction market and is selected as a Global Elite Thought Leader in construction law. He is called “a dynamite lawyer”, as well as “an exceptional attorney and a brilliant writer”, by various sources.
Robert Peckar is a highly respected practitioner who attracts recommendations from peers across the US, South America and the UAE this year. “He is well known as one of the best lawyers worldwide in construction law with vast experience in the field," comments one interviewee.
Bruce Meller is a favourite among clients, who recommend him as “a highly strategic thinker who quickly identifies key issues and makes recommendations”. He is a specialist in contractual matters and has advised clients on almost all types of construction project.
Howard Rosen is “an excellent attorney” with considerable experience advising construction companies and developers on transactional matters and disputes, including major litigation.
Steven Charney is a widely respected and accomplished figure in the sector and a specialist in construction litigation and arbitration, acting for clients including contractors, developers and construction managers.
Charles Kenny draws acclaim from peers across the US market thanks to his wealth of experience in contractual matters and considerable insight into construction legislation in the US. 
Jerry Brodsky is one of Florida's top construction lawyers, with his prowess in the sector highlighted by respondents across the US, the UAE and Europe this year. He represents contractors and construction managers in the negotiation, litigation and arbitration of an extensive range of contract claims.

Watt Tieder Hoffar & Fitzgerald

Performs strongly this year with a total of eight listings.
Shelly Ewald earns acclaim from respondents across Europe, the US and South America for her construction practice. She is well versed in advising and representing clients in the power industry on litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Lewis Baker attracts praise from market commentators in the US this year. His expertise lies in the litigation of construction claims and bids for government construction contracts.
Robert Fitzgerald is a highly respected practitioner in the US construction market among peers. He possesses over 30 years of experience in the negotiation of international construction contracts, as well as litigation claims.
Robert Niesley earns widespread endorsements from sources in the US and Europe this year. He is an experienced construction litigator, with expertise in claims pertaining to delay, loss of productivity and site conditions.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

A top firm in the USA that achieves seven listings in total.
The “phenomenal” John Heisse is rated as “a top-tier construction lawyer” by peers in the US market. He is experienced at advising on public and private construction projects regarding project planning, contract issues and dispute resolution proceedings.
Michael Evan Jaffe receives numerous recommendations from peers across the US and Europe for his excellent construction practice. He brings over 30 years of experience to variety of construction litigation and arbitration matters.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

The firm achieves an impressive seven listings in this edition.
Randall Hafer is a prominent figure in the US construction market with a strong track record. His practice focuses on litigation and arbitration proceedings pertaining to large infrastructure and construction projects, as well as contract drafting and negotiation.
Brian Corgan is commended for his “excellent reputation in the market”. His areas of expertise include acting on construction disputes relating to the energy sector, including nuclear, coal fire and hydrogen plants.

Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz

Sees six lawyers listed for their construction practice.
Joseph Kovars is celebrated by peers in the USA for his skill in construction matters. His speciality lies in arbitration and litigation relating to construction contracts, in which he represents contactors, subcontractors and owners. 
Edward Meyerson is lauded as “a superb lawyer with a focus on representing subcontractors”, with interviewees noting that he “does a terrific job”.
John Anthony Wolf is “an excellent attorney in the market” whose practice is geared towards contract negotiation and litigation industrial and power-related projects.

Schiff Hardin

The firm has five listings this year in the construction space.
Peers in the US “think highly” of Kenneth Roberts in our research this year thanks to his wide-ranging practice that features expertise on project controls and procurement contract matters.
Sayward Mazur stands out for his experience in construction law, with 40 years spent working in the area. His practice includes expertise as a litigator, arbitrator and mediator.

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel

Four of the firm’s construction practitioners listed in our research, three of whom are named as Global Elite Thought Leaders.
Bruce Reynolds continues to be ranked as a top-flight construction practitioner on the international market this year. He is praised for “leading the charge for introducing new legislation to the Canadian government” thanks to his stellar work on prompt payments in Ontario.
Helmut Johannsen is identified as a Global Elite Thought Leader in the field and is described as “an exceedingly good construction lawyer”, who is “particularly good in transactional work”. His practice includes advising on all manner of complex construction contracts and a wide range of dispute resolution processes.
Sharon Vogel wins acclaim from sources for her “strong commercial sense and excellent grasp of key issues”. Her practice focuses construction disputes relating to large infrastructure projects, where she acts as a mediator and litigator, as well as counsel in arbitration proceedings.
John Singleton QC is a prominent name in Canada’s construction industry. He has extensive experience as a mediator, arbitrator and counsel in large infrastructure projects and construction disputes.

Other Leading Individuals

Canada

Duncan Glaholt at Glaholt Construction Law is "the dean of construction law" in Canada, recognised as both a "pre-eminent counsel" and a "very prominent" construction and engineering arbitrator and mediator.

Matthew Alter with Cassels Brock & Blackwell is lauded as “an excellent construction lawyer”. He has a broad practice that encompasses all construction and procurement matters, with experience advising public and private owners, developers and contractors.

Glenn Ackerley of WeirFoulds is singled out by sources as “an extremely knowledgeable and capable practitioner”. He is experienced at representing clients through the entire life. cycle of a construction project.

Independent arbitrator Henri Alvarez QC is recognised by peers in Europe and the UAE for his exceptional understanding of the construction space. He possesses over 30 years of experience as counsel and arbitrator in international arbitrations.

USA

Andrew Ness at Jones Day attracts considerable acclaim as a construction practitioner who respondents “would highly recommend”. He is described as “a great thinker and a very strong practitioner”.

Douglas Oles of Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker performs strongly in this year’s research, and is described as “a very well-respected construction lawyer in the market”. He adeptly advises clients on public and private construction and real estate contracts, while also acting as a litigator and mediator in related disputes.

John Heisse with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is recognised as “a top-tier construction lawyer” and “a phenomenal practitioner” by sources, and is selected as a Global Elite Thought Leader in the market once again this year. He is well versed in representing clients in disputes at all stages of public and private construction projects.

Peers praise Robert MacPherson from Gibbons as “an elite figure” and “a fantastic lawyer”. He has over 30 years of experience in construction contract matters and all forms of dispute resolution.

Philip Bruner of JAMS International wins recommendations from peers across the US, Asia and Europe as “an excellent practitioner” and a top name for alternative dispute resolution of construction disputes.

Paul Varela with Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino is a favourite among clients, who highlight him as “a top-notch lawyer and first stop for all construction litigation”. He is distinguished by his “ability to think creatively and strategically about disputes”, opines one interviewee.
Joseph Guarino is “an outstanding litigator”, say market commentators, with one client effusing that he is “among the first people I call with a dispute or question”. Sources “trust him with any construction case, especially high-stakes litigation”.

Steven Stein of Stein Ray is complimented as “an excellent lawyer” by market commentators for his considerable experience and knowledge of litigation and arbitration proceedings pertaining to a range of construction matters.

Patrick O'Connor Jr with Faegre Baker Daniels is “a tireless litigator and exceptional attorney”, who is celebrated as “probably the smartest person on construction insurance in the country” and “an indispensable reference”.

Michael Zetlin from Zetlin & De Chiara is described as “a well-respected, excellent construction lawyer” by peers in the USA. His practice is geared towards construction litigation and contractual matters.

Mabry Rogers at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings is “the strongest player in Alabama” say respondents, who note that he “seems to be everywhere and is very highly regarded”. He has over 40 years of experience in construction litigation and arbitration proceedings.

 

Latin America

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Júlio César Bueno Pinheiro Neto Advogados, São Paulo
2. Jaime Gray  Navarro Sologuren Paredes Gray, Lima
3. Ricardo E Barreiro Barreiro Oliva De Luca Jaca & Nicastro, Buenos Aires
4. Cecilia Vidigal Monteiro de Barros Motta Fernandes Rocha Advogados, São Paulo 

Leading Firms

Navarro Sologuren Paredes Gray

Emerges as a market leading firm in the construction space, with three of its lawyers listed this year.
Jaime Gray is a distinguished name in the South American construction market and is selected as a Global Elite Thought leader in the field. Sources describe him as “a standout figure” and “a widely recognised lawyer”. He specialises in handling the litigation and arbitration of large infrastructure project disputes.
Gustavo Paredes draws acclaim as a lawyer who “provides in-depth analysis and imaginative solutions to problems”. Sources appreciate that he is “an experienced and very responsive construction specialist”, who brings his litigation experience to bear in developing litigation strategy.
Enrique Navarro Sologuren is “one of the top figures in the construction law field in Peru” whom respondents “highly recommend”. He has over 30 years of experience in the international construction disputes and arbitration proceedings and is identified as "a standout name" among peers.

Other Leading Individuals

Argentina

Ricardo Barreiro Deymonnaz at Barreiro Oliva De Luca Jaca & Nicastro stands among the foremost construction experts in Latin America. Peers highlight his “deep knowledge of construction law, and his particularly good transactional work”.

Bolivia

Rodolfo Raúl Sanjinés Elizagoyen of Sanjinés & Asociados is ranked among Bolivia's finest construction lawyers. He has "the ability to analyse problems and search for creative solutions" while "providing an agile, timely and effective service".

Brazil

Júlio César Bueno with Pinheiro Neto Advogados is one of the world's foremost construction specialists. Peers laud him as "a great lawyer" with "deep knowledge of construction law" who is "particularly good in transactional work".

Fernando Marcondes of LO Baptista Advogados is one of Brazil's elite construction practitioners. He is described as a "strategic and holistic" lawyer who brings "strong leadership and focus on the heart of the matter".

The "hard-working" Victor Madeira Filho with MVA Advogados is described as "an excellent lawyer and arbitrator in construction matters". He has over 15 years of experience advising clients in the logistics, mining, energy and engineering sectors on a host of construction matters.

Thiago Fernandes Moreira at Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados is championed by clients for his “vast and solid experience on the peculiarities of the infrastructure construction industry”. He gives “unconditional availability to attend clients’ needs and is able to quickly propose objective and conciliatory solutions to the parties”, says one source.

At Motta Fernandes Rocha Advogados, Cecilia Vidigal Monteiro de Barros is identified as one of the top names in Latin America, with sources calling her “an excelletn professional who is very recognised in the the Brazilian market.

Chile

Juan Eduardo Figueroa Valdés of Figueroa Illanes Huidobro and Salamanca Abogados is revered as “one of the greatest names in Chile for construction matters”. Sources impart that “he is a strong arbitrator” with extensive experience in across a range of construction disputes.

Oscar Aitken with Carey draws acclaim as “a leading light” in Chile. He is said to be “very knowledgeable and well known in the market” and comes “highly recommended because of his strong experience in construction projects”.

Alex Wagemann at Wagemann Lawyers & Engineers is a highly esteemed member of Chile's construction community, with "a strategic mindset, good knowledge of the construction industry and an in-depth understanding of contract models".

Colombia

Carlos Umaña Trujillo of Brigard & Urrutia Abogados is a one of the most highly rated construction experts in Colombia. He brings over 30 years of experience to projects concerning infrastructure and natural resources.

Mexico

Roberto Hernandez-Garcia with COMAD SC is a premier name in the international construction market. Sources relate that he is “the number one construction lawyer in Mexico” and that he “does excellent work for major contractors”. 

 

Asia-Pacific

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Andrew Stephenson Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Melbourne
2. Douglas Jones AO Independent Arbitrator, Sydney
3. Ian Pennicott QC   Des Voeux Chambers, Hong Kong
4. Steven Yip  MinterEllison, Hong Kong
5. David Bateson  39 Essex Chambers, Singapore

Leading Firms

Pinsent Masons

A global player that confirms its worldwide construction expertise with 10 listings earned by its practitioners in the Asia-Pacific market this year.
Mohan Pillay is described as “a leading name” in the market who is “very well recommended” by peers across Asia, the US and Europe in our research. He has 30 years of experience in construction and engineering litigation and arbitration and is qualified to practice in the UK and Singapore. 
Nicholas Brown performs strongly in this year’s rankings, with interviewees praising him for his “wealth of experience assisting international contractors on infrastructure projects in developing countries”.
Jon Howes secures endorsements from peers and clients across the Asia-Pacific market, and is praised as “a really hands-on lawyer who gives pragmatic advice”. He earns credit for being “extremely strategic and commercially minded”, and for his “in-depth knowledge of the construction industry”.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Performs well in this edition with six listings.
Andrew Stephenson is considered by peers as one of the world’s top construction practitioners this year. He is endorsed by clients and peers alike as “exceptional and the market-leading practitioner in this space”. He is well versed in project risk allocation and dispute resolution matters.
Michael Earwaker is an esteemed practitioner who attracts endorsements from peers across Europe and Australia in this round of research. He is described as “a great partner who is very strategic and gives real confidence to clients”, and offers clients “experience with complex engineering disputes”.

Clyde & Co

Demonstrates the quality of its construction practice group with five listings in the Asia-Pacific market.
Beth Cubitt is recognised by respondents as “an extremely competent lawyer”. Her expertise lies in large cross-border construction disputes, while she also advises on project structures, procurement matters and contract drafting.
Kon Nakousis is identified as “an excellent up-and-coming partner with a large practice, who is well liked by clients”. His practice focuses on providing advice regarding project contracts as well as litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Eugene Tan “is excellent and well known in commercial litigation”, say interviewees, who also point to his notable experience in disputes across the engineering, infrastructure and construction sectors.
Ian Cocking is a is acknowledged as “an excellent lawyer” with “a strong practice” in the market. He brings over 30 years of experience in advising on administrative and dispute matters pertaining to major construction projects.
Gilbert Kwok is a long-standing fixture of the Asia-Pacific market. He is experienced in infrastructure, industrial and residential construction projects in locations including Hong Kong, Shanghai and Macau.

King & Wood Mallesons

Well represented in our research this year, with four listings to its name in the construction space.
Peter Pether earns emphatic acclaim from respondents, with one calling him “the best construction solicitor in the market”. He has considerable expertise in advising project developers, contractors, funders and engineers on the full life cycle of construction projects.
Sources identify Paul Starr as being “well-known in Hong Kong as one of the best in the business”, with considerable experience in both arbitration and litigation contexts.
James Forrest specialises in advising on construction project structures, procurement systems and contractual matters and earns recommendations from peers in Australia, Hong Kong and Europe in this edition.
Meg Utterback draws recommendations as “a very strong practitioner in the area” who is “experienced in advising on matters relating to China”.

Other Leading Individuals

Brunei

Sources identify Colin Ong QC of Dr Colin Ong Legal Services as "undoubtedly one of the star advocates and arbitrators" in the construction market. He impresses clients with his "mastery of the detail".

China

Zhu Shuying at Shanghai City Development Law Firm is described by peers as “the number-one lawyer for domestic work”. He specialises in real estate and construction work, with notable expertise in the retail and tourism industries.

Elvis Zhou Xianfeng of JunHe is “a very good lawyer who is excellent at gaining the confidence and trust of local clients in particular”. His practice focuses on the litigation and arbitration of construction disputes.

Terence Wong with Winston & Strawn is “a really personable and capable practitioner” in the market, say sources. He is experienced in construction arbitration, litigation and mediation proceedings, as well as contractual matters.

Kian Heong Hew at Herbert Smith Freehills is identified for his “very good knowledge of contractors in the Chinese market”. He has over 25 years of experience advising clients on international infrastructure and construction cross-border disputes. 

Hong Kong

Ian Pennicott QC of Des Voeux Chambers is “a leading name for counsel work and is one of the best in Hong Kong”, according to impressed commentators, and is “highly regarded by lawyers and clients alike”. He is specialised in construction arbitration and litigation, as well as negligence claims and environmental laws.

Steven Yip with MinterEllison is recommended for providing “diligent, clear and precise advice that is of substance”. His excellence in arbitration and litigation work pertaining to large infrastructure projects earns him Global Elite Thought Leader status this year.

Glenn Haley at Haley Ho & Partners is applauded as “a hard-working, intelligent lawyer who is great with clients”. Clients effuse that he “has strong commercial awareness and brings another dimension to cases as a qualified engineer”.

Dean Lewis of Pinsent Masons is “a well-established player in the construction market” and “a real fighter for his clients” who peers “really look up to”. He has over 25 years of experience in contentious and non-contentious engineering and construction matters across Asia.

Peter Clayton with Pinsent Masons attracts acclaim from peers in Hong Kong and Europe as “an excellent lawyer in the market”. He is knowledgeable in all types of dispute resolution in the construction and engineering sectors, as well as contractual matters.

India

Sumeet Kachwaha at Kachwaha & Partners is identified by respondents as one of India's top construction arbitration specialists. His speciality lies in international infrastructure disputes, with nearly 40 years’ experience in the area.

Japan

The “excellent” Emma Kratochvilova of Herbert Smith Freehills is one of Japan’s foremost construction practitioners, and achieves recommendations from peers across the UAE, the US and Europe this year. She advises clients on large international construction projects and infrastructure disputes.
Elaine Wong is “an extremely competent, honest and innovative lawyer combining attention to detail, foresight, and integrity with strategic vision”, state respondents. Her focus lies in the arbitration of cross-border disputes in the sector.

Korea

Kap-You (Kevin) Kim at Bae Kim & Lee “leads by example at every turn” and “demonstrates true expertise in the construction area”. Such is the strength of his practice that he “leads the South Korean market by some distance", according to one peer.

Jun Hee Kim of White & Case receives praise for his “broad-ranging practice that includes substantial work in construction and infrastructure disputes”.

Eun Young Park with Kim & Chang is considered by sources to be “one of the most highly regarded lawyers in the construction arbitration sphere in Korea”. He is further lauded as “a very impressive, very commercial thinker”.

Matthew Christensen at Bae Kim & Lee is an arbitration specialist with significant experience in international construction disputes. Sources extol him as "a bright, thoughtful, thorough and exceptionally hardworking lawyer". 

Singapore

Philip Jeyaretnam SC at Dentons Rodyk & Davidson wins acclaim from market commentators across the globe this year for his excellence in the litigation and arbitration of international construction disputes, often in matters involving technical financing issues.

David Bateson of 39 Essex Chambers is “a full-time arbitrator who is really knowledgeable in construction". Sources praise him as “a standout, with an excellent reputation".

Independent practitioner Christopher Lau SC is lauded as “a very good arbitrator, and a thoroughly nice guy". He is well versed in construction arbitration proceedings in Asia and beyond.

Alastair Henderson at Herbert Smith Freehills is considered “a strong arbitration practitioner” by interviewees. He has over 20 years of experience advising clients from the public and private sectors on construction, engineering and infrastructure disputes.

Eugene Tan of Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore is identified as “an excellent lawyer in the market who is well known in commercial litigation". He adeptly advises clients on an array of complex and high-profile construction, engineering and procurement contracts.

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