International legal business DWF has appointed partner Dean O'Leary to its construction team in Dubai as the firm continues to enhance its Middle East presence. Dean joins from Al Tamimi & Company and specialises in construction and engineering disputes across the Middle East .
Dean has over 25 years' experience handling construction and engineering disputes as well disputes relating to upstream and midstream oil and gas matters, which complements DWF's strong firmwide energy sector focus and will enable the firm to grow its capability internationally. With a background as a quantity surveyor, practising barrister and in-house counsel, Dean's approach to disputes is commercially-focused, acting for employers, contractors, subcontractors, consultants and suppliers via mediations, adjudications, arbitrations and litigation in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) courts.
He often advises clients on contracts relating to construction and engineering projects, including the FIDIC, NEC, ICE (ICC) and JCT standard forms. He regularly conducts arbitrations under various international centres, including the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation Arbitration Centre, Bahrain Chamber of Dispute Resolution-American Association of Arbitration, Dubai International Arbitration Centre, DIFC-London Court of International Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Rules, Qatar International Centre for Conciliation & Arbitration and UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).
Dean O'Leary said: "DWF has made significant ripples across the Middle East lately and businesses and other legal firms are taking note. The firm has a well-established construction team and a robust disputes practice, coupled with a strong international presence and experts globally, which is an exciting prospect and great platform to facilitate the development of truly leading teams."
In February 2017, DWF announced an exclusive association with Harasani & Alkhamees in Saudi Arabia, giving DWF experts in Riyadh and Jeddah. The association is pivotal to DWF's strategic objective to increase its presence in the Middle East and enables both firms to build a first class, client-focused practice.