11 March 2015 Insurance

DWF opens Dubai office as demand grows

Law firm DWF is set to open an office in Dubai in response to demand from insurer clients seeking legal advice to support the construction boom in large infrastructure, housing, tourism, and air and port facilities across the Middle East.

The Dubai office will be the company’s first office outside of the UK and Ireland and will boost the firm’s service offering and build international capability.

The office will consist of four, including two partners who will advise on contentious and non-contentious construction matters, professional indemnity and non-marine insurance work.

It will be led by Chris Ryan who has been partner at DWF since 2011. Ryan maintains a broad non-marine insurance practice which includes acting for re/insurers in relation to many aspects of advisory and dispute resolution work including litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on property, construction and engineering.

Professional liability specialist Jeremy Speller, who has worked for DWF in London for the last three years, will also be based in Dubai. The team will be supported by a UK-based team, including partner and head of international, Peter Campion, and head of adjusting, Keith Honeyman, who have for several years serviced an extensive amount of MENA region work.

Paul Berry, DWF’s national head of insurance, said: “There is a real opportunity for us in Dubai. We’ve supported insurance 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 insurance and construction work. We’re building a strong team with superb credentials and have a pipeline of work from existing clients already underway so we’re off to a very strong start and look forward to consolidating our commitment to this hugely important region.”

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