Dentons Adds Depth to Its Middle East Construction Practice with Partner Hire

Dentons is pleased to announce that Ian Dalley has joined its Abu Dhabi office as a partner in the Construction practice. Ian joins from DLA Piper where he was a Legal Director. He has been based in Abu Dhabi for six and a half years.

Ian specialises in international engineering projects and related matters such as joint ventures, public procurement, inward investment, long term supply agreements and concessions. He handles both contentious and non-contentious work across a range of industry sectors including oil & gas, petrochemical, transport infrastructure, manufacturing, power, construction and district cooling. Ian is particularly skilled in resolving disputes, having been involved in ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICSID, DIAC and ADCCAC arbitrations, and is a practicing international arbitrator and accredited mediator.

Michael Kerr, Managing Partner for Dentons’ Middle East region, said: “Ian’s extensive skill set and depth of experience in the region will not only add considerable strength to our market leading construction practice, but also serve to enhance the work we do for our clients in other areas such as corporate, employment, IP and real estate. While he will be based in Abu Dhabi, Ian will provide valuable support to the work we do across the Middle East and beyond.”

Ian commented: “I am delighted to be joining this tier 1 construction practice. Dentons has shown a real commitment to sustainable growth in Abu Dhabi in support of government and private sector clients alike. The legal services market in much of the Middle East is now highly competitive and those firms which have invested prudently are now reaping the benefits of the market’s flight to quality.”

Ian is dual qualified as an English solicitor (qualified in 2002) and a professional design engineer. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (the world’s largest multi-disciplinary engineering institution). He is also a Chartered Arbitrator and UAE course director and chief assessor with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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