Ashurst strengthens infrastructure and construction disputes capability

Bill Smith joins from Pinsent Masons as a partner in the firm’s construction disputes and international arbitration team based in Dubai.

Ashurst has announced the appointment of Bill Smith as a partner in its construction disputes and international arbitration team based in Dubai.

Bill Smith joins from Pinsents, where he has been a partner in Dubai since 2012, having previously been a partner in Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) in Sydney from 2005-2011.

Bill’s primary focus is international arbitration and he regularly sits as an arbitrator in cases in the MENA region. He also has extensive experience in litigation, expert determination, adjudication and alternative dispute resolution, and regularly advises clients on the restructuring of distressed infrastructure projects. Bill has advised on major projects in a number of sectors including transport, energy & resources, defence and technology across the Middle East, Australia, UK, Continental Europe and the Caribbean.

Commenting on the appointment, Simon Bromwich, head of the firm’s global dispute resolution practice, said, “We are continuing to see high levels of infrastructure and construction disputes globally and Bill’s appointment demonstrates our commitment to strengthening further our sector capability and our international arbitration offering. I am delighted to welcome Bill back to the firm and I am confident that he will help our global team to capitalise on the major opportunities in the market.”

Bill Smith commented, “Ashurst has a very strong client base in the infrastructure and construction sectors and exceptional arbitration credentials. The firm provides an outstanding platform and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with the team and contribute to the further growth of the business.”

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