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Law firm Fenwick Elliot to ramp up operations in UAE, Saudi Arabia

The construction and energy-focused law firm plans to host a thought leadership event in the UAE later this year

Law firm Fenwick Elliot to ramp up operations in UAE, Saudi Arabia
Fenwick Elliott Dubai partners Patrick Stone and Ahmed Ibrahim.

Construction and energy law firm Fenwich Elliot plans to make “significant” investments in 2019 to help strengthen global ties, including the relaunch of its Dubai office as a global hub, the company announced on Monday.

The Dubai office, located in Jumeirah Lake Towers, serves the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman.

The firm – which has already acted for contractors in relation to projects such as Palm Jumeirah and Dubai World Central – plans to ramp up operations in the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the next 12 to 18 months.

“It’s an exciting time to be at the forefront of our Dubai operations as we look to cement our presence in the UAE and explore new opportunities further afield,” said partner Patrick Stone. “We are continually investing in our business here and to make way for new faces and improved facilities, we hope to relocate into a larger space in the coming months.”

The announcement coincides with a recent seminar in London which addressed the impact of technology in construction. The event was the first in a series of thought leadership events involving Fenwick Elliott this year.

At the event, experts warned against legislative and contractual risk issues associated with digitalisation and developing technology.

“Technology is a key component of engineering, construction and energy law projects we specialise in as lawyers. In the law and data management machine learning has arrived and using AI to dig deep into unstructured data is something we care a lot about conquering to help our clients get to solutions fast,” senior partner Simon Tolson said.

“In the same vein, the massive explosion in data has created data manageability challenges for companies around the world and their harnessing of cloud-based storage. Legal issues will continue to evolve with developing technology but the more we embrace it and find solutions, the more we will be able to lever from the digitally-driven world,” he added.

Later in the year, Fenwick Elliot is planning another event in the UAE.

One of its experts will also look at the topic of “AI & Construction Law: an essential and inevitable partnership” in the next edition of Fenwick Elliott’s International Quarterly industry newsletter, which will be released this June.

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