Fenwick Elliott to open Doha office

Specialist in contentious construction work aims to tap into booming Middle Eastern market

Fenwick Elliott says its Qatar is part of a booming regional construction market.

The surge in public spending on infrastructure projects across the GCC has prompted UK-based specialist construction law firm, Fenwick Elliott to consider setting up an office in the Doha to get more day-to-day work from its construction clients in the region.

The planned expansion by the Aldwych-based firm, which specialises in contentious construction work, marks its first office expansion, international or otherwise.

“We’re looking at opening an office in Doha to act for our Middle East clients,”said Simon Tolson, Fenwick Elliott’s senior partner.

The firm’s financial statements for the 2011-12 financial year indicate that of the firm’s $15.4m turnover, $2.56m came from countries outside the EU but excluding North Africa, the US and Central Asia.

The decision to expand into the region follows a similar move by US-based Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton to launch an office in Abu Dhabi after receiving a license from the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

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