BLP relocates construction partner Caroline Pope to Abu Dhabi office

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is pleased to announce that Caroline Pope, a construction partner in its London office, has relocated to Abu Dhabi. The BLP Abu Dhabi office, which opened in March 2009, is the base for the firm’s work in the wider MENA region.

Caroline, who has been a partner at BLP since 2001 and has been involved in the construction industry for nearly 25 years, has a great breadth of experience in advising clients from all sides of the engineering and construction industry and relating to a large variety of industry sectors. She is recognised as one of the UK’s leading construction specialists, named in Chambers Directory in the top tier of recommended individuals.

Partner John Sipling, an expert in the hotel and hospitality sector, heads the Abu Dhabi office which has a team that now comprises four partners, a director and four associates. Caroline’s move reinforces the wide capability of service the firm can provide clients in the MENA region with a strong focus on all sectors concerning the built environment, reflecting the firm’s traditional strengths.

Earlier this year the firm also appointed Farida Sadiq as MENA Director of Planning & Environment, making BLP the only law firm to include planning and environment advice in its MENA offering. The team has also recently been bolstered by real estate and real estate finance partners Robert Bindless and Joginder Anand who divide their time between the London and the Middle East to provide increased support to BLP clients operating in the region.

John Sipling said: “Caroline’s relocation to Abu Dhabi is the next development in the strategy for the wider MENA region. We have made substantial progress in a short period of time and are committed to developing and expanding the service we offer our clients.”

Caroline said: “I am very excited about this opportunity. The construction and engineering industry has a central role to play in delivering the region’s strategic development plans. The impact of the economic downturn has heightened many clients’ awareness of the need for construction contracts to identify risk precisely and for lawyers who will offer commercial solutions. They are also facing significant construction-related problems and possible disputes. As a result of our proven expertise in this field, we are very well-placed to provide independent advice.”

Neville Eisenberg, BLP managing partner, said: “Caroline’s relocation demonstrates our commitment to further developing our Abu Dhabi office. She will be instrumental in extending the leading reputation we have in the UK for construction work to the Middle East.”

BLP serves a range of clients from the office in Abu Dhabi including Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), ALDAR Properties, Delta Oil, the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia and Oman Water and Power Procurement Company.

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