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Pinsent Masons

Construction

5 ranked lawyersBand 1South AfricaGlobal 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Pinsent Masons operates a leading construction department comprising a number of established lawyers in this sector. A well-respected South African branch of an international firm, the practice has a significant client base hailing from a range of sectors, including engineering, construction and mining. The group hosts a broad bench with strong front-end and disputes capabilities. The team possesses impressive market recognition and a proven track record on major construction mandates.

Strengths

Sources refer to the practice as "professional, knowledgeable and able to find legal solutions which are tailored to the practical nuances of the construction industry."

"They set the team up for each task with the specific skill to ensure they deliver what is required," observe interviewees, further noting that the group "clearly understands the deliverables."

Work highlights

Led by Deirdré Simaan, Pinsent Masons advised Stanlib on EPC contract negotiations in relation to its development of the Arena Mall in Uganda.

Notable practitioners

Deirdré Simaan is recognised as a capable and erudite front-end construction lawyer, with experience covering engineering contracts and service agreements as well as financing mandates and investigations. Based in Johannesburg, she has been engaged in a number of major projects in the power and retail sectors.
"Deirdré is an excellent lawyer and our first port of call when it comes to contracts."

Johannesburg partner Jason Smit enjoys an excellent reputation for his leadership and counsel in major construction claims, with an impressive client list of multinational contractors.
"He is extremely specialised in his field and keeps to tight deadlines." "Jason is very good with construction contracts."

Junaid Banoobhai is an experienced construction lawyer with an impressive track record of representing clients in multimillion-dollar disputes, including arbitration. He acts out of the firm's Johannesburg office.
"He is particularly effective in disputes, and he is very considered and judicious in his advice."


Based in Johannesburg, Jurg van Dyk is noted for his experience and skill in handling a range of construction issues, particularly in the renewable energy sector. He has a solid track record of representing both contractors and project sponsors.
"Jurg van Dyk has an understanding of our products, our market, and the relevant risk points in our industry." "He has an in-depth understanding of EPC and O&M contracts."

A respected luminary in the construction sector, Rob Morson is reputed for his skill handling the full gamut of issues impacting the sector. Based in Johannesburg, his advice transcends borders, playing a significant role in both domestic and continental projects.
"His vast knowledge of the construction environment, coupled with his many years of experience, makes him a formidable opponent and well worth having on your side." "Rob is particularly good at strategising with commercial nous, coupled with his in-depth understanding of the practical functioning of the construction industry."

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South Africa

Construction


Deirdré Simaan
Band 3
Jason Smit
Band 2
Junaid Banoobhai
Band 2
Jurg van Dyk
Band 3
Rob Morson
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