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UK law firm DWF eyes Middle East construction sector

DWF to open Dubai office in response to demand for legal services in the region

PHOTO: Andrew Leaitherland, Managing Partner & CEO at DWF. Credit: DWF

The UK-based legal business DWF is opening a Dubai office to support construction clients in the MENA region, in response to regional demand.

The firm is set to open its first office outside the UK and Ireland, helping it to capitalise on the construction boom in the housing, infrastructure, tourism, and transport segments in the Middle East.

“There is a real opportunity for us in Dubai. We’ve supported clients in Dubai and across the MENA region for many years and it’s become increasingly clear that there is demand for our services on the ground, particularly in relation to construction and insurance work,” said Andrew Leaitherland, Managing Partner & CEO at DWF.

The Dubai office, located in DIFC, will have a team of four, including two partners who will advise clients on contentious and non-contentious construction matters, professional indemnity and non-marine insurance work, DWF said in a statement.

The team will be led by Chris Ryan, who has been partner at the firm since 2011 and has experience handling advisory and dispute resolution work including litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on property, construction and engineering.

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