Construction law firms ranked top in UAE

Construction practices of two UAE law firms in Legal 500 top tier

Pinsent Mason lead partner Sachin Kerur.
Pinsent Mason lead partner Sachin Kerur.

Law firm Pinsent Mason is one of only two firms to have its construction practice ranked in the top tier of the internationally recognised Legal 500 in the UAE.

The Legal 500 law firm directory for Europe Middle East & Africa 2009 edition, produced by UK-based publisher Legalease, was released after a six month period of independent research among lawyers and their clients.

The report said of Pinsent Mason: “It has an unrivalled contractor client base and a long list of Asia-headquartered contractors that have been particularly important to the firm’s business in the Middle East.”

Lead partner Sachin Kerur, who was singled out in the report, said: “Our commitment to the region is demonstrated through our emphasis on developing an indigenous resource base and corporate responsibility initiatives within the local community.”

Last year, the firm launched a partnership – the first of its kind in the region – with the law faculty of the UAE University enabling it to take on locally educated trainee lawyers, boosting its indigenous resource base.

Law firm Clyde & Co also achieved a top tier ranking for its construction practice.

In reference to the firm’s work for Dubai-based Arabtec, the report said of Clyde & Co: “It has represented a UAE main contractor on a $2.8 billion new corporate headquarters for a major Russian company in St Petersburg.”

Also mentioned in the report was DLA Piper’s representation of Nakheel, Denton Wilde Saptre’s work with the consortium of contractors on the Dubai Metro project, and Al Tamimi & Company’s work with the Samsung Corporation Engineering & Construction Group.

Four firms saw their construction practices ranked in tier two of the report. These were DLA Piper Middle East, Denton Wilde Sapte, Hadef & Partners, and Trowers & Hamlins.

A further eight firms were mentioned in tier three. These were Al Tamimi & Company, Bin Shabib & Associates, HBJ Gateley Wareing, Herbert Smith, Kennedys, LG, Norton Rose Middle East, and Taylor Wessing Middle East.

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