Monday 31, July 2017 by Jessica Combes

Clyde & Co. bolsters construction practice with Dubai partner hire


Matthew Heywood has been appointed as a partner in the Global Projects & Construction practice of global law firm Clyde & Co.

Heywood will be based in the firm's Dubai office, making him the sixth specialist construction partner in the firm's market-leading construction practice in the Middle East.

"I'm thrilled to be joining a firm with such an extensive global platform and strong projects and construction team. Clyde & Co.'s unrivalled infrastructure and disputes offering in the Middle East will help me boost my practice in the region, whether for domestic or international contractors," said Heywood.

Heywood previously led the Construction Disputes and Middle East group at Osborne Clark in London. Prior to that, he spent five years in Dubai with the construction group of another international law firm. Heywood is a leading disputes lawyer with over 15 years of experience. He specialises in contentious construction, particularly complex cases with multiple parties. He advises clients across the Middle East on the resolution of disputes arising out of major infrastructure projects. He is also highly experienced in providing clients with project specific counsel and risk management advice throughout the project lifecycle, resulting in him being listed as a Notable Practitioner in Chambers & Partners.

“We're delighted to have someone with Matthew's expertise and track record joining the firm and our global projects and construction group. Bringing Matthew on board continues the growth of our practice in the Middle East and, as the region remains committed to investing in building and infrastructure, it positions the practice to benefit further from the market-leading reputation it has built over the last two decades," said Michael Grose, Partner at Clyde & Co.'s office in Dubai.

Clyde and Co.'s projects and 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.

span style="font-size: small;">Clyde & Co.'s project and construction group in the Middle East has advised on some of the most high 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. Today, Clyde & Co. is one of the largest international law firms in the GCC with over 42 partners and 300 staff, operating in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE, Doha in Qatar and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, providing a full-service of local specialists in commercial, corporate, dispute resolution, employment, intellectual property, international arbitration, finance & banking, projects and construction, real estate, regulatory and investigations, and technology.


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