BLP bolsters global arbitration and construction practice with partner move

International law firm, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), is to enhance its global arbitration capability with the relocation of Construction Partner, David Robertson, from London to Singapore.

David’s focus will be on building the firm’s construction disputes practice in Asia. He is already highly regarded for his Korean expertise, having advised many of South Korea’s leading contractors, including Hyundai Engineering & Construction, Daewoo Engineering & Construction, Doosan Heavy Industries, Samsung C&T, Samsung Engineering, POSCO, SK and DSME. David is also a key figurehead of BLP’s expanding Japanese business.

His practice centres on dispute resolution and arbitration across large-scale international construction, energy & infrastructure projects, including oil & gas, and power & water, and extends to support the firm’s specialised non-contentious construction practice and the broader real estate and built environment offering.

BLP has three Asia offices – in Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore – and this latest development reiterates the significance of the region as an area of focus and growth. David joined the team in late August.

Alistair Duffield, Head of the Singapore office said: “We are glad to welcome David who is already a familiar face in the region. His long-standing experience with the regional client base and deep industry knowledge herald some exciting new prospects for our South East Asia offering, and will further enhance BLP’s excellent reputation in Asia.

“Singapore is fast becoming Asia’s number one destination for dispute resolution. BLP is well positioned to handle the high-calibre contentious work increasingly attracted to this major commercial centre, and David’s presence will be a great asset in furthering these interests.”

David’s arrival brings sector-specific expertise to BLP’s existing strength in international arbitration in Asia, and he joins Singapore-based arbitration partner Kent Phillips and Stuart Isaacs QC, the first London QC to have been authorised by the Singapore Attorney General to practise as a foreign lawyer.  BLP currently has 16 partners who specialise in International Arbitration, working out of London, Moscow, Singapore and Abu Dhabi.

David’s move follows that of Real Estate Partner Robert Bindless who relocated to the Firm’s Singapore office in June, bringing the number of BLP’s Singapore-based partners to nine.



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