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Law firm CMS beefs up construction disputes team in Dubai

McPherson joins the legal team at a time when the state of dispute resolution in the UAE is facing some tough questions

McPherson has joined the Dubai-based disputes team at CMS.
McPherson has joined the Dubai-based disputes team at CMS.

International law firm CMS has appointed Patrick McPherson as a partner in its infrastructure, construction, and energy (ICE) disputes team in Dubai.

McPherson has joined the London-headquartered practice at a time when some global contractors warn late payments, poorly drafted contracts, and a culture that hasn't changed in years could see them exit the UAE if conditions fail to improve.

Well versed in construction-related legal concerns, McPherson previously led the legal team at Dubai-based contractor Dutco Balfour Beatty, whose projects include the widening of Sheikh Zayed Road. Directly before joining CMS, he was a partner at Hadef & Partners.

READ: Greater understanding needed of what causes construction disputes

In both contentious and non-contentious issues, McPherson has weighed in on legal matters to representdevelopers, contractors, subcontractors, and consultants in the Middle East.

He said he was "delighted to be joining CMS and the disputes team in Dubai".

Asia and Middle East managing director at CMS, Adrian Bell, added: "Fuelled by our tripartite merger last May, our specialist ICE disputes practice has seen phenomenal growth in the region, and globally over the last three years.

"Patrick’s joining adds both much needed capacity and enables us to further develop our expertise in the region, particularly on the supply side. He’s well known amongst the contractor community, and will be a real asset to the team."

McPherson's appointment is the latest in a string of appointments to the CMS team in the Middle East in the last 12 months.

Recent appointees include the head of technology, media, and telecommunications, Rob Flaws, and ICE expert Slava Kiryushin. 

The duo joined the business in the same 12-month period that a merger between CMS, Nabarro, and Olswang in May 2017 created what the latter described as "the world's sixth largest law firm".

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