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Richard Ward, Partner

Richard Ward


Practice areas

  • Commercial litigation
  • Construction and engineering
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Litigation and dispute management
  • Transport

Practice notes

Richard is a partner in our Middle East Practice. He has been a partner with Eversheds for over twenty years. Richard moved to Qatar in early 2014. He is Head of Dispute Management in Qatar and also Head of Construction Law in that region.

His specialisms include:

  • construction and engineering disputes under Qatar and English law, where he has managed complex disputes in Technology and Construction court and in arbitration under various rules, in particular ICC, LCIA, Qatar International Court, Qatar Chamber and DIAC.
  • alternative dispute resolution, where he has been involved in the settlement of numerous complex disputes.
  • adjudication
  • contract negotiation and drafting under a wide range of standard forms and bespoke contracts including FIDIC, Qatar PWA, NEC, MF1 and IChemE forms.

The sectors with which he is familiar include:

  • oil & gas
  • transport (road & rail)
  • energy (conventional & renewables)
  • property development
  • food & chemical production

He is regarded by Chambers as a leading individual in Qatar where in the 2020 Chambers Global Directory Section for Dispute Resolution International Firms Qatar he is a leading individual described as regularly providing clients with high level strategic advice and is described by clients as “good at thoroughly examining the facts before providing an opinion”. In previous editions of Chambers he has been described by clients as “having an in depth knowledge of the construction sector, is very user-friendly, very responsive and willing to listen to other views and take them into account”, "his methodical and tenacious approach to negotiation wins praise from clients", "he is highly regarded in the marketplace for his high quality practice", and "he is tactically astute… offering excellent legal and commercial judgement in his dealings with bespoke contracting and contentious construction issues”.