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Cranes

Construction & Engineering

United Arab Emirates

Simply put, we are experts in construction. We have excellent construction capability and experience across the Middle East and Africa.

We offer a full range of infrastructure, construction and energy law expertise. From procurement planning, contract negotiation and drafting to strategic advice during construction, claim avoidance and settlement and formal dispute resolution through courts, arbitration or ADR. Our team of construction law experts is on hand to provide knowledgeable, reliable advice when it is needed, at any time throughout a construction project.

Our lawyers are recognised for their track record in advising on the largest, most complex projects in the region and for successfully resolving associated major domestic and international disputes. We act for developers, government agencies, oil and gas multinationals, international and domestic contractors and consulting firms.

Our team of construction law professionals is experienced in the complete construction lifecycle; from “cradle to grave”. We have a full service offering, including advising on employment issues, performance bonds and parent company guarantees and representation in connection with all regulatory matters affecting the design, development and construction process. Our dispute resolution and international arbitration specialists have a wealth of experience in arbitrations administered by prominent arbitral institutions, regional and international, including ADCCAC, ICC, LCIA, DIAC and DIFC-LCIA, as well as those governed by UNCITRAL and other ad hoc rules. We also assist local and international parties who are involved in proceedings in the local courts around the region.

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"Highly skilled and knowledgeable legal team with cross-border knowledge of applicable local laws. They are very supportive of our business needs."

Chambers, 2017

"Very highly regarded and experienced construction lawyers."

Legal 500, 2017

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5 September 2019
CMS ap­points con­struc­tion dis­putes ex­pert in Dubai
27 Nov 19
In­vest­ment ar­bit­ra­tion and con­struc­tion con­tracts: jur­is­dic­tion over...
A re­cent IC­SID tribunal has up­held jur­is­dic­tion over a dis­pute con­cern­ing an al­leged set­tle­ment agree­ment arising from con­tract­or claims on a ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture pro­ject in the Re­pub­lic of Mozam­bi­que....
13 June 2018
CMS ex­pands Dubai prac­tice with hire of Con­struc­tion...
04 Nov 19
In­tro­du­cing the FID­IC Em­er­ald Book
Earli­er this year FID­IC re­leased its new “Em­er­ald Book” – Con­di­tions of Con­tract for Un­der­ground Works. This ad­di­tion to the FID­IC suite seeks to fill a gap amongst stand­ard forms as a spe­cial­ist...
6 March 2018
MENA Con­struc­tion
17 Oct 19
Delay ana­lys­is un­der the mi­cro­scope: com­mon sense wins out over meth­od­o­logy
A de­cision of an Aus­trali­an court last month has con­sidered the evid­en­tial re­quire­ments for prov­ing delay claims in con­struc­tion dis­putes. The de­cision com­ments on the rel­ev­ance of the 2nd Edi­tion of...
11 Oct 19
Quantum meruit claims after ter­min­a­tion: a chan­ging of the tide?
A de­cision of the Hight Court of Aus­tralia earli­er this week has held that resti­tu­tion­ary claims on a quantum meruit (i.e. reas­on­able price) basis by con­tract­ors after the ter­min­a­tion of a con­struc­tion...
03 Oct 19
Use of Dis­pute Boards: one of FIDIC's five Golden Prin­ciples
FID­IC has re­cently pub­lished de­tailed guid­ance as to the five “Golden Prin­ciples” first in­cluded with the FID­IC 2017 suite of con­tracts. These prin­ciples seek to identi­fy lim­its to the types of amend­ments...
03 Jul 19
UAE up­date: re­lax­a­tion of for­eign own­er­ship re­stric­tions
In 2018 the UAE passed the For­eign Dir­ect In­vest­ment Law (the “FDI Law’), which was in­ten­ded to pave the way to re­lax­ing for­eign own­er­ship re­stric­tions on com­pan­ies re­gistered “on­shore” in the...
24 May 19
FID­IC claims no­ti­fic­a­tion pro­vi­sions: Hong Kong High Court guid­ance
A re­cent de­cision of the Hong Kong High Court has con­sidered the ef­fect of claims no­ti­fic­a­tion pro­vi­sions which re­quire a con­tract­or to state the con­trac­tu­al basis of a claim. Such a re­quire­ment now forms...