Mantle Law opens in Abu Dhabi for construction disputes

The law firm will focus on dispute resolution for projects in the Middle East

Mantle Law will be led by former Clyde & Co partner Mat Heywood
Mantle Law will be led by former Clyde & Co partner Mat Heywood

Legal services firm Mantle Law has opened an office in Abu Dhabi focusing on dispute resolution for the construction and energy sector.

The practice will be led by former Clyde & Co partner, Mat Heywood, who has been involved in some of the largest infrastructure projects in the region for more than ten years.

Mantle Law will concentrate on offering legal services to contractors, employers and construction and engineering professionals in the market, with a singular focus on arbitration and disputes.

Supporting the practice at an operational level is James Hacking and his team at Kindleworth, a specialist managed services provider which focuses exclusively on launching and managing top-tier law firms.

The firm said the launch taps the huge demand of construction projects within the Middle East, with more than $2.5tn worth of construction developments planned to complete by 2030.

Commenting on the opening, Mat Heywood said: “In a market crowded with faceless institutions, it is our mission to create a truly distinctive and remarkable business, aligned to the times we live in and ready for a future we all face together; one that is proudly moving away from many of the outdated operational and cultural binds of traditional law.”

He added: “The new client agenda runs through every aspect of our vision and strategy. For us, it’s all about really understanding what our clients need from us. And that means listening.

"Plus, we are born in 2020 and embedded in the world of now, so the use of innovation and technology to achieve results, better and faster, is in our blood. There’s no digital transformation for us to adopt. We’re ready to take on our clients’ biggest challenges right now.”

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