John Smy

John Smy

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John advises the full spectrum of construction clients on all forms of UAE construction matters, working with developers, funders, main contractors, major sub-contractors and consultants in all types of construction projects.

John’s real forte is in leading and managing complex construction disputes, be they at arbitration or litigation in the courts. He is recognised as being a leader and strategic thinker and is very well liked by his clients and external counsel.

John’s main practice, therefore, is in handling all aspects of dispute resolution covering issues such as time, cost and quality, extensions of time, prolongation, acceleration, disruption, loss and expense, variations, and payment and final account claims.

John handles such disputes at arbitration both domestically and internationally and pursuant to all of the well-known arbitration fora, such as DIAC, the DIFC-LCIA, the ICC, and also ad-hoc arbitrations. These disputes are usually complex, high value and extremely document heavy.

John also handles local law litigation matters working together with his in-house Arabic colleagues.

John is recognised and referenced in the leading legal directories and has been designated a leading individual for engineering and construction in the UAE in The Legal 500 from 2018 to 2021.

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