Pinsent Masons appoints New Head of Construction

08 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am | 1 min. read

International law firm Pinsent Masons has announced that Fraser McMillan is to be appointed as Head of the firm's Construction practice, with immediate effect. He takes over from Richard Foley, who will take up the post of Senior Partner at Pinsent Masons from 1 October.

Fraser specialises in the provision of strategic advice to parties involved in construction and engineering projects on various methods of dispute resolution. He has extensive experience of arbitration, litigation and statutory adjudication work, and has worked in international arbitration and English High Court cases and Scottish Court of Session cases. 

During his sixteen year career at Pinsent Masons he has advised on several major construction disputes including those relating to Wembley Stadium and the Edinburgh Trams project. 

Fraser has also been closely involved in the firm's corporate responsibility programme in his capacity as a Trustee for the Pinsent Masons foundation, a charitable trust established to give financial support for charities and projects that ‘inspire young lives’. The foundation has made donations of over £260,000 since its establishment in 2009. 

He takes over a practice which turns over in excess of £55m per year and comprises some 250 lawyers globally. The firm's Construction practice specialises in advisory and disputes work and has grown significantly over the past two years, building out its capability in Aberdeen, Beijing, Doha, Istanbul and Paris. Clients of the practice include major contractors such as Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Kier Construction and Hochtief. 

David Ryan, Managing Partner of Pinsent Masons, says: 

"Our construction practice is a core component of our offering in the infrastructure and energy sectors and I am delighted that Fraser has taken on the role. He combines first-class technical skills and sector knowledge with significant management experience. Further, Fraser is very-much internationally minded and understands the significance we attach both to global growth and maintaining our dominant position in the UK." 

Fraser McMillan says: 

"Naturally it is an honour for me to take on this role at an exciting time for the practice. We have made significant steps in terms of international growth in the recent past and also have made good ground on innovation in service delivery and pricing. My priorities will be to ensure that we remain attuned and responsive to the needs of our clients at home and abroad as we seek to further grow the practice." 

Pinsent Masons' construction practice is globally recognised. It is ranked as a top tier firm in the construction law categories of both Legal 500 and Chambers across the UK, Hong Kong and the UAE. It has for several consecutive years been named as the leading law firm for Construction by the Who's Who awards and in 2014 was named Construction Law Firm of the Year by Asia Legal Business.

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