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EKP adds new construction partner into Dubai team

DUBAI, May 25, 2022

EKP, a team of legal experts with regional offices in Beirut, Dubai and Riyadh, has announced the appointment of its new partner based in Dubai - Dean O’Leary. 
The new partner will bring deep understanding of construction dispute resolution to the table to the fast-growing Dubai office of EKP, which operates in association with Khalid El Tamimi.
Working with EKP’s Head of Construction Scott Hutton, O’Leary seeks to expand the group’s regional construction disputes practice. He has been handling construction and engineering disputes for over 30 years, 15 of which have been in the Middle East. 
Whilst his primary area of practice is the resolution of construction and engineering matters, he also deals with both upstream and midstream oil and gas and other energy related disputes. 
According to EKP, since his move to Dubai in 2006, he has been involved in some of the largest construction and engineering arbitrations in the region. O’Leary is regularly listed on many notable industry shortlists for his expertise and integrity.
On the new appointment, Managing Partner Ziad G El-Khoury said: "EKP's strategy is to bolster gradually and systematically its offering to full-service in all of its practice groups. O’Leary’s joining Scott Hutton’s team in Dubai makes EKP the go-to construction firm in the Middle East."
Hutton said: "It is with great pleasure that we welcome O’Leary as a partner at EKP. His expertise and track record speak for themselves, and he brings a lot of strength and depth to support our clients in the fields of construction and engineering."
A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, O’Leary is actively involved in domestic and international arbitrations. He also represents his clients in dispute adjudication board matters, mediations, expert determinations, and the local courts (including the DIFC and ADGM Courts). 
Prior to practising law in Dubai, he had practiced as a barrister from chambers in England where he specialized in construction law and prior to that he worked as a quantity surveyor. He also served honorably for the British Royal Commandos.
On his new role, O’Leary said: "I am very excited to join the team at EKP. The partners have built a very strong practice that I believe I can complement. Their reputation, position and standing in the region are well deserved and I am delighted to contribute to driving the firm and clients’ interests forward."
This appointment brings the total number of partners to 11 spanning their offices across the Middle East.-TradeArabia News Service


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