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John Smy


Partner, Head of Engineering & Construction


+971 4 4292999

John advises clients on a wide range of UAE construction matters, working with developers, funders, contractors, major sub-contractors and consultants in all types of commercial projects.
He undertakes contract drafting and amendment as well as advising on procurement choices as well as in relation to, bonds, guarantees, warranties, and insurance documentation.
John also deals with all aspects of dispute resolution including arbitration, conciliation, mediation and adjudication both in the UAE and internationally, covering issues such as time, cost and quality, extensions of time, loss and expense, variations, and payment and final account claims.
Prior to commencing with Hadef & Partners in early 2009, he worked in the construction department of a well known London law firm.
John completed his legal studies and Legal Practice Course at the University of Sheffield and is qualified as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. He is a member of the English Law Society.

  • “John Smy is ‘meticulous and client-focused’.”

    Legal 500, 2017