Legal 500 EMEA 2020: UK Bar (UAE)

Date: 16 April 2020

The Legal 500 have launched their 2020 EMEA Guide and for the third year this includes a section on the UK Bar’s construction work in the UAE. Keating is recommended for it’s “great choice of different personalities and impressive overseas experience” and has 12 individual recommendations:

  • Marcus Taverner QC – ‘A silk with international engineering expertise.
  • David Thomas QC– ‘His intellect and fierce advocacy means he is the preferred choice for many on complex and large value construction disputes.
  • Richard Harding QC – ‘Authoritative, calm and a real pleasure to work with.
  • Adam Constable QC– ‘Personable, relaxed and unperturbed by the considerable difficulties with cases.
  • Simon Hughes QC– ‘He immediately fits into the team and can grasp and break down complex issues.
  • Marc Rowlands QC–  ‘Technically excellent but also very pragmatic and amiable in his working style.
  • Krista Lee QC– ‘Extremely impressive in cross-examination, particularly on issues related to delay.
  • Calum Lamont –  ‘Capable of running large-scale, complex cases on his own.
  • James Thompson – ‘A high-quality advocate who is excellent at dealing with witnesses.
  • Paul Bury – ‘A superb junior.
  • David Sheard – ‘He has a good manner with difficult clients.
  • Jennie Wild – ‘Very methodical in her approach and meticulous in her preparation.

Construction and engineering-focused set Keating Chambers has ‘great choice of different personalities and impressive overseas experience‘, with a range of expertise spanning from senior silks in demand as arbitrators down to ‘impressive pupil recruitment‘. The set is ‘superbly led‘ by director of clerking Declan Redmond, ‘whose knowledge and ability to match the right barrister with the right client and case is very skilful‘. Deputy senior clerk Rob Cowup is ‘extremely responsive and really goes out of his way to provide excellent service – nothing is too much trouble’, and senior practice manager James Luxmoore, who clerks the set’s senior juniors and newer silks, is ‘delightful, honest and easy to deal with‘.

The full list of rankings can be viewed here.

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