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Job Title Senior Associate, Construction - Dubai
Role Senior Associate/Attorney
Job Location Dubai

Department: Construction, Senior Associate

Location: Dubai or Abu Dhabi

Role Type: Permanent

The Team

Our Middle East Projects & Construction group has seven partners, one legal director, six senior associates, eight associates and three trainees / paralegals across the firm's offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Riyadh. Since being established more than 20 years ago, it has grown to become the largest construction group in the region and has been consistently recognised by independent legal directories as being the best over many years. This means that the group acts for employers, contractors and consultants on the region's most high profile and complex projects.

Our team operates on a pooled-resource basis, with lawyers having the opportunity to work with any of our partners across all of our offices. While most of our lawyers are based in Dubai, any of our lawyers may find themselves working on transactions or disputes for clients in the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and beyond.

We also tailor the staff allocated to particular matters, meaning that partners may be supervising a sole lawyer or teams of up to six lawyers, depending on the scale and nature of the work required. Such matters range from drafting contracts and advising on procurement matters, negotiating and concluding contracts, advising on claims / risk management issues and giving project counsel support, through to managing formal dispute resolution processes (including local court litigation and domestic and international arbitration).

The Role

We are look for a Senior Associate to join our Dubai or Abu Dhabi office. Specifically, we would like to add capacity to our "senior bench" of lawyers that are running disputes, including arbitration seated in the UAE and other Middle East jurisdictions. The Senior Associate will work directly with clients under minimal supervision from partners and manage associates as appropriate.

Transactional experience will be regarded favourably but is not required.

Key Responsibilities

  • to manage a caseload of mainly contentious construction matters
  • to assist Partners in delegation of work to and supervision of juniors in team
  • to work closely with clients and continually developing the aptitude to foster long term client relationships
  • to actively participate in practice group business development

Candidate Requirements

  • strong academic background
  • at least 6+ years construction experience gained at a reputable law firm with a strong reputation in the field of construction disputes
  • proven track record in taking a lead role in complex and high value dispute
  • arbitration experience preferred but not essential
  • a willingness to assume responsibility and take a pro-active and commercial approach to issue
  • a real interest in marketing/business development and the ability to foster long term relationships
  • an ability to work in a team and autonomously
  • drive, enthusiasm and flexibility

Essential Skills & Experience

  • Working knowledge of legal / contractual issues that commonly arise on construction disputes
  • Working knowledge of dispute resolution processes and the preparation of cases before relevant decision-making bodies

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co is a global law firm which has quadrupled in size over the past decade.Revenues from the firm's 50+ offices* worldwide rose to £627million for the last financial year.The firm has over 1800 fee earners, across six continents, with 4000 staff advising corporates, financial institutions, private individuals and governments.

Clyde & Co, MEA

With over 30 years' experience in the region and the largest presence of any international law firm in the Middle East, we pride ourselves on being able to help clients recognise and overcome the challenges of doing business in the Middle East and Africa.

In the Middle East, our more than 40 partners and 150 legal professionals work from four offices located across the region. Our Dubai office acts as a central hub for our Middle East and Africa regional operations that include, in the Middle East, offices in Abu Dhabi in the UAE, Doha in Qatar and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Our large regional presence enables us to support our clients across the full spectrum of their corporate and commercial needs throughout the AGCC (Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf) and wider Levant.

Our deep sector knowledge covers insurance, energy, transport, infrastructure, marine and trade as well as aviation, education, defense, finance, healthcare, hospitality and technology.

*includes associated offices.