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WFW expands award-winning London Construction practice with new Partner hire2 November 2020

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Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) is delighted to announce that highly regarded construction specialist Ryland Ash has joined the firm as a Partner in London. Prior to joining WFW, Ryland was Managing (and a named) Partner at construction and real estate boutique firm Silver Shemmings Ash LLP in the City of London.

Dual qualified as both a Barrister and Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Rights), Ryland has over fifteen years legal experience in the construction sector, regularly advising on high-profile, international matters and projects, both contentious and non-contentious. A conversational Mandarin speaker, he spent four years in-house at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Taiwan, where he played a key role advising on the country’s high-profile High-Speed Railway Project.

Ryland’s contentious experience spans a wide range of construction, infrastructure, rail and residential projects. He is extremely well versed in all alternative means of dispute resolution including arbitration, mediation, dispute boards and adjudication. In particular, he has extensive experience advising on adjudications and arbitral proceedings on behalf of employers, developers, contractors and sub-contractors.

On the non-contentious side, Ryland advises and guides clients throughout the lifecycle of their project, from pre-contract to post-completion, including vetting, drafting and negotiating a wide range of construction and engineering contracts (JCT, NEC, FIDIC, etc.) and dispute avoidance, as well as drafting and reviewing main contracts, sub-contracts, bonds, guarantees, collateral warranties and terms of business.

Rebecca Williams, Partner and London Co-Head of Dispute Resolution, commented: “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Ryland to the team. The strength and depth of his construction expertise enhance and expand the range of services we can offer to existing and potential clients. As a dynamic self-starter who built his own independent practice and then developed and managed his own specialist law firm, Ryland is just the Partner we need to help take our ambitious and award-winning construction practice to the next level, both in the UK and internationally”.

Ryland added: “With a strong international network of offices and a fast-growing and highly regarded construction practice, especially for contentious matters, WFW is an ideal fit for my practice. I look forward to working with Rebecca and all my new colleagues across the firm”.

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