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John Smy

JOHN SMY

Partner, Head of Engineering & Construction

Dubai

+971 4 4292999

j.smy@hadefpartners.com

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.

  • "I have worked with John in a complex arbitration case where the contractual arrangements between the parties and the issues at disputes were very uncommon and tangled. Dealing with such issues required thinking outside the box, which John was able to do most impressively. John was able to grasp the complex issues and set out a very effective legal strategy and strong legal arguments that I am sure made a big difference to his client’s position. I was very impressed with John’s ability to get to the core of the technical issues and be able to reflect on them and fully understand how these technical issues may affect the legal arguments, and act accordingly. John is a pleasure to work with and a very nice person to know, and I am glad to have had the opportunity to work with and know him."

    A Leading Delay Expert

  • "Following the Hearing I wanted to note how genuinely impressed I am with how the client’s pleadings and evidence were prepared and presented by John Smy and the Hadef & Partners team. Having worked for many years with the blue chip London outfits I can honestly say that this is one of the best prepared and presented cases I have encountered."

    A Leading Construction Barrister

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

    Legal 500, 2017