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Clyde & Co LLP - London
  • The St. Botolph Building
  • 138 Houndsditch
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC3A 7AR
  • Tel:(020) 7876 5000
  • Fax:(020) 7623 5427
  • Email:Contact Us
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  • Chief Executive: Peter Hasson
  • Senior Partner: Michael Payton
  • Number of partners: 285
  • Number of lawyers: 1,400
  • Languages: Partners and staff at Clyde & Co are fluent in over 50 languages and dialects

Firm Overview:
Clyde & Co is a global law firm with a pioneering heritage and a resolute focus on its core sectors. With over 1,400 lawyers operating from 35 and associated offices offices in six continents, the firm advises corporations, financial institutions, private individuals and government bodies. Clyde & Co has a particularly strong reputation for its work on complex cross-jurisdictional disputes and transactional matters. Clyde & Co is renowned for its work in emerging markets, being the largest international firm in the Middle East and with a rapidly expanding network across Asia, Latin America and Africa.

Main Areas of Practice:

Experienced in all types of aviation-related work, whether in the context of high-value contractual disputes with manufacturers, development of airports, re-fleeting programmes or major casualties. Energy: Advising across the entire energy value chain, including: oil and gas; power and utilities; renewables; and natural resources.

One of the largest and most highly regarded teams in the casualty and healthcare sector, providing a complete range of legal and claims services. Infrastructure: Advising on some of the world’s most high profile and complex infrastructure work spanning all procurement methods.

Professional Practices:
Dealing with the most complex and reputationally sensitive disputes for firms large and small on a local, national or global stage.

Now the largest shipping practice in the world with over 150 specialist marine lawyers, acting for shipbuilders, owners, charterers, P&I clubs and insurers globally.

Advising on the whole trade cycle from raw product to market and throughout the full supply chain.

Advising on all types of commercial contracts including standard terms and conditions of business, agency distribution and franchising agreements, outsourcing arrangements, counter-trade and barter arrangements and commodity dealings.

Advising a wide range of clients, including large multinationals, sovereign-owned entities, family owned enterprises and entrepreneurs on the full range of corporate activity.

Dispute Resolution:
With one of the largest dispute resolution teams in the UK, Asia and Middle East, the firm recently handled one of the largest commercial disputes with a team of over 30 lawyers acting on five English Court actions, plus related actions including a London arbitration, one BVI action, four Swiss arbitrations and associated proceedings in Moscow.

Providing a full range of contentious and noncontentious employment services worldwide, with vast expertise across a range of sectors including professional services, financial institutions, transportation, trading and logistics organisations and the public sector.

Advising on all aspects of finance including corporate, real estate and infrastructure, insurance, asset finance, trade finance, banking litigation and arbitration.

Real Estate:
Providing specialist legal advice related to the acquisition, financing, development, management, construction, leasing and selling of commercial real estate.

Regulatory Compliance:
Advising companies on a wide range of issues including industry regulation, health and safety, competition, trade sanctions, corporate governance, prosecutions and dawn raids, spin off frauds and litigation.

International Offices:  

Tel: +61 2 9210 4400
Perth: Tel: +61 8 614 1700

Sao Paulo:
Tel: +55 11 2768 8721

Tel: +1 514 843 377
Toronto: Tel: +1 416 366 4555

Hong Kong:
Tel: +852 2878 8600 
Shanghai: Tel: +86 21 6035 6188

Tel: +33 1 44 43 88 88
Nantes: Tel: +33 2 40 47 00 71

Tel: +30 210 417 0001

Tel: +218 21 335 1433

Doha: Tel: +974 4496 7434

Tel: +7 495 601 90 06

Tel: +65 65446500

Tel: +34 91793 45 00

Dar Es Salaam:
Tel: +255 767 302 200

Abu dhAbi:
Tel: +971 2 644 6633
Dubai: Tel: + 971 4 384 4000

+1 404 410 3150
New Jersey: Tel: +1 973 210 6700
New York: Tel: +212 710 3900
San Francisco: Tel: +415 365 9800
Email: info@clydeco.us

Tel: +58 212 285 7118

Areas of Practice

  • Aviation
  • Commercial
  • Corporate
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Finance
  • Healthcare
  • Infrastructure
  • Insurance
  • Professional Practices
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Shipping
  • Trade


  • The St. Botolph Building,
  • 138 Houndsditch,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC3A 7AR
  • Tel (020) 7876 5000
  • Fax (020) 7623 5427
  • DX 1071
  • Email : info@clydeco.com
  • Chancery Place,
  • 50 Brown Street,
  • Manchester,
  • Lancashire
  • UK
  • Tel (0)161 829 6400
  • Fax (0)161 829 6401
  • 4420 Nash Court,
  • Oxford Business Park,
  • Oxford,
  • Oxfordshire
  • UK
  • OX4 2RU
  • Tel (01865) 336600
  • Fax (01865) 336 611
  • DX DX 45404 Cowley
  • Email : lawyers@duncombe.co.uk;

Shipping - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for Close focus on contentious shipping matters and a strong presence in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. High capacity to handle both wet and dry shipping litigation matters across the region and especially well regarded for marine insurance work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: “They have a wonderful reputation.”

Expertise: "Great strength in insurance."  

What's new? Chris Metcalf, who has extensive in-house experience at a major P&I club, was promoted to partner in the Singapore office.

Notable practitioners  

Head of the Shanghai office Chong Ik Wei has a strong reputation for shipping dispute work and for marine insurance expertise in particular. He recently advised on the formation of a USD480 million compensation fund in response to a serious maritime oil pollution incident.

Insurance - Brazil

Clyde & Co has been active in Latin America for over 20 years and has amassed a wealth of experience handling some of the largest and most intricate insurance and reinsurance claims in the region. Stirling Leech is the key contact for clients.

Shipping (International Firms) - China

Chong Ik Wei heads the firm's Shanghai office and specialises in shipping, insurance and energy-related dispute resolution and foreign investment involving Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Commentators reveal that he continues to be a popular choice for P&I work.

Simon Baker distinguishes himself with his excellent arbitration and litigation work on behalf of top-tier insurers, charterers and traders. Clients point out that they are "especially impressed by his expertise and quality of work."

Insurance - Global-wide

What the team is known for A prestigious and expanding global profile, with standout teams in the UK, Asia and Latin America. Offers in-depth regulatory expertise, complemented by a stellar claims practice, and handles a slew of London-driven M&A deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "They are a specialised insurance firm - they attract highly skilled insurance lawyers who know the financial services landscape."

Communication: "An extremely bright and knowledgeable team - it really stands apart for client awareness. Dealing with them, we felt like we were a very solid team working absolutely together to get to an end result."

Pragmatic advice: "They understand the practical implications of a deal. We're still seeing the positive implications of the good work that was done."

What's new? The firm opened an office in Atlanta in June 2013 to bolster its US insurance sector offering. A new Madrid branch opened in March 2013, also intended to target the insurance market.

Work highlights Advised Swiss Re on a reinsurance agreement to purchase USD950 million worth of the run-off business of Zurich Specialties London from Zurich Financial Services.

Advised insurers including Zurich, Swiss Re, Allianz and Chartis on a claim of approximately USD1 billion concerning damage to the Jirau Dam construction project in Brazil.

Advised Finnish insurer OP-Pohjola on the English law aspects of its EUR1.3 billion purchase of Skandia's Finnish business.

Notable practitioners 

London-based partner Andrew Holderness heads the global corporate insurance group. Michael Knoerzer is a key contact in the New York office.

Significant clients AXA, AIG, Allianz, Zurich, QBE.

Shipping - Global-wide

What the team is known for A strong presence in the shipping hubs of Europe and across Asia and the Pacific, with a focus on contentious shipping matters. Additional strength in shipping in the Middle East. Benefits from the global capacity to successfully handle both wet and dry shipping litigation. Highly regarded for cargo-related matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise: "Top-tier for shipping disputes." 

Market standing: "They have a wonderful reputation." 

Work highlights Acted for multiple cargo insurers on behalf of Breffka & Hehnke Navire Shipping on a precedent-setting dispute over the construction of Retla clauses on a bill of lading.

Represented BHP Billiton in a USD115 million plus interest and costs claim against TMT Asia. Brought before the English High Court, the claim concerned a dispute over unpaid freight forwarding agreement liabilities.

Notable practitioners  

Martin Hall is based in Piraeus and concentrates on wet shipping litigation. He also often advises on Lloyd's Open Form salvage arbitrations and is commended by peers as “a very effective, practical lawyer who is greatly respected.” 

Chong Ik Wei heads the Shanghai office and acts on a variety of shipping dispute matters including marine insurance, charter party cases and collisions.

Significant clients Glencore, Gulmar, Latvian Shipping Company, Sea Anchor, Totsa Total Oil Trading.

Shipping - Greece

Martin Hall is known as a "greatly respected, practical and very effective" lawyer. He focuses on maritime law and arbitration, and often acts on Lloyds Open Form salvage arbitrations.

Insurance - Latin America-wide

London-based Peter Hirst is widely applauded for his breadth of experience and extensive activity in this field. He is a registered foreign lawyer in Brazil and also advises on numerous matters throughout Asia, the Middle East and the USA.

Brazil-based Stirling Leech is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese, and is well regarded by market commentators. He has considerable experience in shipping and energy matters, which greatly informs his insurance practice.

General Business Law - Libya

Clyde & Co has had an office in Tripoli since August 2012 and continues to be active on Libyan matters for both local and international clients. The team advises on a spectrum of both contentious and non-contentious mandates for the Libyan government, among other clients. Adrian Creed is based in Abu Dhabi and acts as joint head of the Tripoli office. His work in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region includes energy and infrastructure financings and IPP and PPP projects.

Corporate/Commercial - Middle East-wide

What the team is known for A go-to firm for cross-border transactional mandates across the Middle East, particularly in the insurance, defence, energy and construction sectors. Strongholds in the UAE and Qatar cater to some prestigious local names, as well as international corporations requiring dedicated local expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "They bring in the right lawyers to the mix." 

Commercial awareness: "They are excellent - responsive, knowledgeable and business-savvy. They were able to give us insights into not just the law but also into the way business is conducted in the region."

Work highlights Advised Varkey Group on the USD200 million sale of its 44.39% stake in Emirates Healthcare.

Acted for Zurich on the negotiation of two bancassurance agreements allowing HSBC to distribute insurance products in the UAE, Qatar and Bahrain.

Advised China National Petroleum Corporation on a 30-year concession agreement with ADNOC for the exploration and production of oil and gas in onshore and offshore blocks.

Notable practitioners  

With over three decades of experience in the region, Dubai-based head of practice Jonathan Silver is praised for the "mountains of knowledge" he brings to bear on corporate transactions. He has particular experience in the healthcare sector, and led the firm's work for Varkey on the Emirates Healthcare disposal.

Niall O'Toole manages the Abu Dhabi office and has a wealth of experience on transactions in the energy and defence sectors. Clients describe him as "practical and willing to assist - someone who gets things done."

Significant clients Qatar Foundation, Al Jazeera, Qatar Insurance Group, Amwal Al Khaleej, Cranleigh School.

Dispute Resolution - Middle East-wide

What the team is known for Strongholds in Dubai, Doha and Riyadh power a fantastic contentious practice with extensive regional reach. Experience handling a broad swathe of high-profile cases, with widely recognised competencies in construction, insurance, shipping and employment disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Sector expertise: "They are becoming more and more established as the leading firm in contentious construction work and are busy in arbitration. They have a good core team of lawyers."

Responsiveness: "They are dependable and responsive. Their work for me is always timely and thoughtful."

Work highlights Successfully represented Allianz Risk Transfer in a reinsurance dispute before the DIFC court, concerning the liabilities of Al Ain Ahlia Insurance Company following losses sustained during the Arab Spring.

Advised Corinth Pipeworks on a USD24 million case against Barclays Bank before the DIFC Court of First Instance, in relation to losses suffered due to trade finance and corporate finance facilities set up for one of its customers.

Notable practitioners  

Sources speak very highly of Alec Emmerson, calling him "a terrific lawyer and a class act." He is a shipping and insurance expert with a long and prestigious record working as counsel and arbitrator on disputes in the region.

Christopher Mills is a leading light for shipping disputes, advising on marine insurance, charter party and shipping construction matters. He also handles claims arising from land and air transport, and has practised in the Middle East for almost two decades.

Significant clients BUPA, WS Atkins and Partners Overseas, Mohammed Al Mojil Group, Marriott International, Dubai Drydocks.

Corporate/Commercial - Qatar

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A well-established corporate team with experience spanning core areas including joint ventures, corporate establishments, franchising and regulatory matters. Widely acknowledged expertise in advising big names in insurance, media and telecoms, as well as a highly regarded construction practice. Has also established a strong IP practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Sector knowledge: "They are good at insurance and reinsurance, and at understanding the legal environment of the QFC."

On the ball: "Very responsive, and excellent in terms of legal knowledge."

Work highlights Advising Qatar Insurance Company and its group companies on a variety of corporate and insurance matters, including regulatory and strategic matters, incorporation and joint venture structuring, share warrants and tax.

Notable practitioners  

The widely respected David Salt has significant experience on corporate mandates in the region. One client praised him as "a very experienced and knowledgeable leader," while peers commend his commercial awareness.

Senior associate Emma Higham continues to draw enthusiastic praise from clients, who say she "stands out as a very customer-focused lawyer, who is keen to please and meet the expectations of her clients." 

Significant clients Qatar Foundation, Al Jazeera, FCC Construcción, GEMS Education.

Dispute Resolution - Qatar

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A busy disputes group with extensive experience in the construction and insurance sectors. Particularly active in international arbitration, advising on high-profile disputes arising from local projects.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Local and international expertise: "It's great they have a staff of international and locally trained lawyers – teamwork means the job is up to standard."

Responsive service: "They are dependable and responsive. Their work for me is always timely and thoughtful."

What's new? Two new associates joined the team.

Notable practitioners  

Laura Warren was promoted to partner in 2012. Clients enthusiastically praise her "deep knowledge" of the Middle East, and of the construction and engineering sector in particular.

Dispute Resolution - Saudi Arabia

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Dispute Resolution - Singapore

Steven Lim is an experienced practitioner who works across a range of sectors. Peers point out his sharp intellect, as well as his frequent representation of shipping clients. Sources also observe that "all his advice is well considered, well researched and well thought through." 

Prakash Pillai joined the team in 2013. He has several years' experience acting for Indian parties, with some of his recent representations including cases on behalf of Indian IT, telecoms and commodities companies.

Shipping - Singapore

Shipping litigator Brian Nash was head of dispute resolution in the Middle East when he was based in the UAE. He recently acted for Malaysian insurers and London reinsurers in a dispute surrounding damage to the Tinggi Pipeline.

Chris Edwards started his career in the firm's London office before relocating to Singapore. He has extensive experience on shipping litigation matters, especially charter party and bill of lading disputes.

Since publication, Chris Edwards has joined Hill Dickinson LLP

General Business Law - Tanzania

Clyde & Co has established its position as a go-to practice in Tanzania following the full branding of its association with local firm Ako Law. Clients are enthusiastic about the high quality of service, with one commenting: "They are excellent, accurate and easy to work with - they are among my favourites in Tanzania." The firm is particularly well regarded for its strength in upstream oil and gas, and big-name clients include BG Group and Songas. In one work highlight the team acted as local counsel to Standard Bank of South Africa on a USD142 million financing to African Barrick Gold for the expansion of its Bulyanhulu process plant in Tanzania. Managing partner Kibuta Ongwamuhana has a wealth of experience in Tanzania and is lauded by clients and peers alike for his expertise in tax. "For an extremely complex matter I'd use Kibuta," said one client. Senior associate Teresa Hettich takes a lead role in the firm's banking and finance practice. Clients praise her "excellent turnaround times," observing that "she really goes the extra mile for her clients."

Dispute Resolution - UK

Highly rated litigator Paul Friedman is hailed by one client as "tremendously impressive." He has an excellent track record in handling sophisticated cross-border disputes for large multinational corporations and high net worth individuals.

The "cerebral" Neil Beresford is "a thoughtful lawyer who provides quality advice." He is best known for his strong insurance claims practice. He has litigated extensively in Colombia on behalf of key players in the London reinsurance market.

Miranda Karali acts for a mix of public and private sector clients on a range of shipping disputes, is qualified to practise Greek and English law, and is fluent in Greek, Spanish and French.

Employment - UK

Group head Robert Hill draws praise for both the quality of the advice he provides and for his capacity to identify risks. He enjoys a strong position within the marketplace, as exemplified by one senior source saying: "I always suggest him when asked for recommendations. He's one of the first names I give to clients."

Insurance - UK

Peter Hirst is noted for his capacity to handle both insurance and reinsurance matters in Latin America, especially Brazil. He is particularly highly regarded for his expertise in relation to energy projects.

Key partner Neil Beresford regularly defends London reinsurers in class actions in Colombia.

Liliana Veru-Torres is dual-qualified in England and Wales and in Colombia, and she frequently handles reinsurance matters in the Latin America region.

Garrett Moore specialises in professional indemnity, business interruption and trade credit insurance. He is dual-qualified in England and Wales and in the Republic of Ireland, and he frequently advises London and Dublin-based insurers in Irish court cases. 

Nigel Brook heads the firm's reinsurance team. He stands out for his work in the reinsurance market.

Timothy Taylor concentrates his practice on energy, marine and war risks, as well as reinsurance.

Rod Smith is a long-standing figure in the insurance market, and has considerable depth of expertise in acting for domestic and foreign insurers in areas such as political risk, export credit and marine insurance.

Nigel Chapman is head of the London marine and energy insurance team.

James Cooper draws praise from the market for his insurance practice, which is focused on financial institutions claims.

Andrew Grant is a specialist in marine insurance, war risks and political risk, and is complimented by one market source as being "a leader in the field."

Senior partner Michael Payton has acted on some of the most prominent insurance cases of the last few decades, and continues to handle matters such as Bermuda Form arbitrations.

Foreign Desks The firm has a Latin America desk with particular expertise in Brazil and Colombia, but with recent experience in Ecuador, Peru and Chile. It frequently handles cases arising from the power and energy sectors, as well as financial institutions and construction. Key clients include Allianz, Swiss Re and Munich Re.

Banking & Finance - United Arab Emirates

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 associates

What the team is known for Well-established reputation for asset finance, particularly aviation and shipping finance, for both lenders and borrowers. Also active on project finance and refinancing mandates.

Work highlights Advised ASB Biodiesel on its USD110 million financing for a biodiesel processing plant currently under construction in Hong Kong.

Notable practitioners

Adrian Low is the department head and key contact for the practice.

Significant clients First Gulf Bank, Select Group.

Adil Hussain 

Corporate/Commercial - United Arab Emirates

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its blend of dedicated local expertise and international strength. A big hit with international clients investing in the UAE, as well as regional giants. A full-service practice with considerable traction in the insurance, defence and oil and gas sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Commercial awareness: "They are excellent - responsive, knowledgeable and business-savvy. They were able to give us insights into not just the law but also the way business is conducted in the region."

Bench strength: "They have good relationships with local firms and good associates from the local market - they bring the right lawyers into the mix."

Work highlights Advised Varkey Group on the USD200 million sale of its 44.39% stake in Emirates Healthcare.

Acted for Zurich on the negotiation of two bancassurance agreements allowing HSBC to distribute insurance products in the UAE, Qatar and Bahrain.  

Advised China National Petroleum on a 30-year concession agreement with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) for the E&P of oil and gas in onshore and offshore blocks.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Jonathan Silver has laid deep roots in the UAE market and continues to attract accolades from peers. In the words of one, "he has tremendous expertise - a very solid, very well-regarded lawyer."

Abu Dhabi office managing partner Niall O'Toole is highly esteemed for his breadth and depth of local expertise. His practicality, experience and dedication score highly with clients. He has notable experience acting on transactions in the defence sector.

Dubai-based Phil O'Riordan receives significant recognition for his corporate and commercial practice. He advises a number of well-known international and regional names on their investments, including private equity and real estate developments.

Based in Abu Dhabi, Adrian Creed is a key contact for Libyan mandates. He frequently advises on the financing of water, power and utilities projects.

Foreign Desks A Dubai-based team, led by Adrian Creed, provides valuable support to the firm's office on the ground in Tripoli, which opened in 2012.

Significant clients Amwal Al Khaleej, Cranleigh School, CIGNA, Lamprell, Thomson Reuters.

Dispute Resolution - United Arab Emirates

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 40 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for International heavyweight with a well-established local presence and a standout construction disputes practice. Regularly handles domestic and international litigation, as well as arbitration and mediation. Comprehensive practice offering a wide span of specialised services including white-collar crime, insurance, fraud and defamation claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise: "The team was very professional and proficient, and very well versed in legal issues." 

Clarity of advice: "I'm very satisfied with the team - they are professional and very efficient, and give clear advice with no contradictions. It was straightforward enough for us to be able to take a decision with a clear view."

Work highlights Represented Corinth Pipeworks before the DIFC Court of First Instance in a USD24 million case against Barclays Bank, relating to losses suffered due to trade and corporate finance facilities set up for one of its customers.

Represented Allianz Risk Transfer in a reinsurance dispute before the DIFC court, concerning the liabilities of Al Ain Ahlia Insurance following losses sustained during the Arab Spring.

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Mills is a prominent disputes practitioner, whom peers describe as a "great name in arbitration." He draws warm accolades from market sources for his expert handling of big-league cases. He led the aforementioned matter for Corinth Pipeworks.

Mediator and arbitrator Alec Emmerson specialises in insurance and shipping disputes. He is well versed in handling matters for banks and financial institutions. "A guru when it comes to arbitration," he is held in extremely high esteem by peers.

Significant clients Marriott International, Dubai Drydocks, RBS, Qatar Insurance, AIG.

Employment - United Arab Emirates

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised for its regional and international presence, operating from five offices across the Middle East. Widely acclaimed for its skills in a broad range of areas, including litigation, termination matters and employment issues arising from corporate transactions. Extensive experience advising clients from the technology, telecommunications, aviation and financial services sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "It is a highly recommended firm and its knowledge of the market is second to none."

Advocacy: "They are extremely well prepared when representing us in litigation."

What's new? Rebecca Ford joined the firm from Al Tamimi & Company in July 2012.

Notable practitioners  

Rebecca Ford is considered a leading lawyer in the employment area, and is highlighted for her expertise in matters relating to acquisitions and insolvencies, employment reorganisations and grievance issues. Sources value her solid judgement, with one client enthusing: "She is very responsive and very quick to assess the issues."

Sara Khoja's areas of focus include benefits, recruitment and termination, and she has extensive experience advising clients in the oil and gas and telecommunications industries. Sources say: "She gives you an invaluable summary of where you stand commercially and what is good for your business."

Significant clients Motorola, RSA, Swiss Re, Topaz, Varkey Group.

Intellectual Property - United Arab Emirates

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned international firm with a strong local presence, regularly acting for clients on the full spectrum of IP-related issues. Capability to handle large volumes of IP registration work, as well as complex, high-value matters and regional portfolios.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "Clyde & Co are a big outfit, they have a big team and are our first point of call for IP."

Efficiency: "Very accessible and well organised." 

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Rob Deans earns high praise from interviewees who say he is "an omnipresent figure" in the IP world. Sources also commend his "in-depth knowledge of intellectual property laws."

Trade marks practice head Jon Parker lends his solid expertise to the team and regularly assists some of the department's largest clients with their regional trade mark portfolios.

Joycia Young is recognised by market sources for her IP expertise. She specialises in commercial and contentious matters, with a strong focus on franchising.

Significant clients Lacoste, twofour54, Dubai Holding.

Real Estate - United Arab Emirates

Basic facts about the department
Real estate - 1 partner, 3 other qualified lawyers
Construction - 4 partners, 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A tradition of excellence across the board in real estate and construction, with an especially notable contentious practice. Advises on transactions bridging the high-end and mid-markets, with a clientele that includes some of the region's leading developers.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Communication: "They were very personable, and had an open-door policy where they were very accessible and you felt part of the team. They had a good handle on the issues, never seemed to be fazed by anything. The way they dealt with issues and managed the client was very impressive."

Clarity of advice: "I'm very satisfied with the team - they are very efficient and give clear advice with no contradictions. It was straightforward enough for us to be able to take a decision with a clear view."

Bench strength: "They are very knowledgeable across the board. I found regardless of who I was dealing with, the lawyers were always on top of their game and knew their stuff."

Notable practitioners  

Mark Blanksby is a leading authority in the construction disputes market. Clients say: "He's very sensible, very down-to-earth and really gets to grip with the details. He's not afraid to get stuck in."

Michael Grose is singled out for his high-profile contentious and non-contentious work. Interviewees praise his technical abilities, as well as his profound knowledge of the industry.

David McElveney is a key name on many of the firm's major disputes and is very well regarded by his peers. He is a point of contact for clients such as Atkins.

Alexis Waller receives rave reviews for her exceptional client service. One source said: "Her depth of knowledge, her breadth of experience, and her attitude and willingness to help I found exceptional; I'm always happy to rely on her advice."

Andrew Thomson is an up-and-coming name on transactions in the real estate sector.

Significant clients Marriott International, Jumeirah, Pearl Dubai, AECOM, China State Construction Engineering.

Shipping - United Arab Emirates

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Impressive bench strength on the ground in Dubai, with a tradition of excellence on both wet and dry matters. Well-respected transactional practice, representing global entities in the sale and acquisition of maritime assets, coupled with a busy contentious practice and strong track record on maritime arrests.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "They are immediately responsive and come back within the timeframe I want. They get the hang of the facts and the background, they're attentive and give me the product I'm looking for."

Industry knowledge: "I wouldn't take shipping matters anywhere else - straight to Clyde & Co."

Work highlights Acted for Bahrain Ship Repairing & Engineering on the preparation of tender documentation for the acquisition of a floating dry dock.

Notable practitioners  

Consultant Alec Emmerson attracts widespread admiration from peers, who single out his multiple decades of experience on shipping and insurance matters.

Christopher Mills is a first port of call for many commentators for contentious matters. Sources highlight his prestigious clientele and profound local knowledge.

Irvine Marr is praised for the depth of his international practice. In the words of one client, he is "a very effective tactician and commercially very astute."

Now managing partner of the firm's Singapore office, Brian Nash has retained strong links in the Middle East since his departure from the Dubai office in 2012. He is highly experienced in marine litigation matters.

Significant clients AXA, Drydocks World Dubai, MUR Shipping, Valentine Maritime Saudi, Oman Insurance.

TMT - United Arab Emirates

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for a number of renowned clients in the industry, from broadcasters to online service providers. Regularly advises on high-profile acquisitions and joint ventures in the TMT sector. A growing focus on technology-related mandates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They're very good overall, return calls promptly and are a service-oriented law firm."

Work highlights Represented a media and information multinational in the acquisition of a leading information portal in the Middle East and North Africa.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Joycia Young is the key client contact.

Significant clients twofour54.