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Our supportive culture and exposure to a wide variety of projects is what sets us apart from the rest.

What the team does

Our team is led by James Foster, who has over 25 years of specialist contentious construction experience.  We are ranked in the main global directories as one of the UAE’s leading practices.  James is consistently ranked as one of the region’s leading construction dispute lawyers and Courtney Rothery, a director in the team, is also ranked as a rising star.
We are a friendly down-to-earth small team specialising in construction disputes and international arbitration.  Most of our clients are well-known international and domestic contractors and developers. No two days are ever the same, we have variety at our fingertips, and we work with clients across the whole industry. Our broad range of clients, from household names to leading developers and contractors, is testament to the success and expertise within the team.
Construction disputes and arbitrations are often technically and legally complicated so it's essential to work as part of a reliable team with people that you respect and can have a laugh with!  We work very closely to make sure that everyone feels supported and we bounce questions and ideas off each other throughout the day.

Our long-term experience in the region allows us to produce high quality work and helps our clients to avoid the pitfalls of unfamiliar legal and regulatory environments.  We have the expertise to help our clients resolve their disputes in a quick and cost-effective manner. Where disputes proceed to arbitration we have a proven track record of success.  Don't just take our word for it, here is what Chambers Global Guide had to say about us…

  • "The team understands our concerns very well; they have in-depth knowledge of the field from both a legal and commercial standpoint …They do high-quality work, they're very approachable and very competitively priced". 2017
  • "They have given helpful timely advice, have always been available to answer questions and have managed and guided us through the arbitration process diligently and seamlessly". 2016
  • They are "hugely experienced and pleasant to work with …They have maintained close contact with us at all times – the level of communication has been excellent, and the advice given and actions taken have been spot on". 2015

What it's like to work with us

With fee earners from a wide range of backgrounds and careers, we are an inclusive and supportive team. We work with teams across the whole firm, developing strong networks both internally and externally. The exposure to a variety of work and the supportive culture at every level is what makes us tick.

We're in tune with our clients' worlds and live and breathe their needs. Our days are challenging yet rewarding!  We encourage all our lawyers to get involved in business development activities and attend networking events to raise their professional profile. 
Our team works together closely to create a continuing learning environment. We circulate research, training, information and articles that we have found helpful to ensure that everyone has access to the best up-to-date information.  Our junior lawyers have access to partners and, in an open plan environment, we all learn and develop from each other's expertise.

Everyone in our office catches up most days either in the kitchen over a cup of tea or in one of our open plan spaces. There seems to be an endless supply of cakes, sweets and treats in our office to celebrate someone's birthday or special occasion so there's always a reason to make a cuppa and have a chat!


Our application process will depend on the role you're applying for - but start by registering your interest. We will help you to be yourself - and the best you can be throughout the whole process.

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