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Clyde & Co adds depth to leading construction practice with key partner hire in Dubai

  • Press Releases 02 July 2020 02 July 2020
  • Middle East

Global law firm Clyde & Co has today announced the appointment of Beau McLaren as Partner in its Global Projects & Construction practice. Beau will be based in the firm's Dubai office.

Clyde & Co adds depth to leading construction practice with key partner hire in Dubai

Beau is a construction and disputes expert with over 13 years' experience in the Middle East. He joins from HFW in Dubai, where he was Partner and played a key part in building the firm’s Construction and Construction Disputes team in the Middle East. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in Dubai with the construction group of another international law firm.

Beau advises parties at every level of the construction supply chain, from procurement through to contract management, having advised on a range of construction projects and commercial disputes across the GCC and further afield. He has experience of transport, infrastructure, power and healthcare projects, as well as more generic building and construction projects. In addition to his front-end work, Beau advises clients on bringing and defending complex and high-value claims arising out of construction projects. He has extensive experience of international and domestic arbitration proceedings under most institutional rules, with a particular focus on construction-related arbitration. Beau also sits as an arbitrator, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a ranked Leading Individual in Chambers & Partners.

Michael Grose, Partner and Head of Projects & Construction for the Middle East at Clyde & Co, comments: "Beau's strong regional experience and his seniority in the market will be a key addition to the firm and our global projects and construction group. Bringing him on board forms part of our long-term strategy to further expand our leading construction practice in the Middle East and bring strategic support to our clients, as the wider region remains committed to investing in large-scale development projects and infrastructure."

Beau McLaren comments: "Clyde & Co has one of the most established construction and disputes teams in the Middle East. The firm's extensive offering and reputation provides an exceptional platform to leverage new opportunities in regional markets and complement the firm's practice across sectors and I am excited to be joining the team."

Clyde and Co's global projects & construction group comprises over 150 lawyers world-wide and advises on the full project pipeline, from planning and investment to construction and post-delivery. The group works across all asset types: social, energy, transport and commercial development and is proud to have advised on iconic projects across the world. In the Middle East, the team has advised on some of the highest-profile projects in the region including Burj Khalifa, Burj al Arab, Meydan Race Course, Doha Airport, Dubai International Airport, Doha Metro, Riyadh Airport, and the Mecca Metro.

Clyde & Co has the largest presence and is one of most experienced international law firms in the Middle East with over 45 partners and 400 staff, based full time in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE, Doha in Qatar, Muscat* in Oman and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, providing a full-service commercial offering of local specialists in commercial, corporate, dispute resolution, employment, intellectual property, international arbitration, finance & banking, insurance, projects & construction, real estate, regulatory & investigations, and technology.

*Office of Fatma Al Mamari Advocacy and Legal Consultancy Firm, in association with Clyde & Co.