Michael Grose, partner at Clyde & Co, has written the first ever book about GCC construction law.
Published by Wiley-Blackwell, Construction Law in the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf details the application of construction-related laws in the emirates, and to a lesser extent, the wider GCC.
The book also addresses controversial issues that are common to construction projects.
Commenting on what motivated him to begin working on the legal resource, Grose told Construction Week: “After I arrived in the UAE in 1998, I spent the first few years discovering laws and principles that were new to me, coming from a different legal system.
“I thought it would be helpful for others not to have to do the same. Things snowballed from there.”
Construction Law in the United Arab Emirates and the Gulfcomprises two main parts: a narrative covering the main areas of practical concern for those dealing with construction contracts and disputes; and a commentary on the standard FIDIC conditions that are widely employed on construction contracts in the Gulf region.
This is the first book to address construction law in the UAE and wider Gulf. When asked why nobody else had succeeded in writing a similar resource, Grose explained: “Probably because it is not easy to find the laws and judgments that are essential for the task. Or perhaps everybody else is smart enough to know how much time is involved.”
Grose completed the book while fulfilling his duties as partner at Clyde & Co’s Dubai office.
“Maintaining momentum was pretty much essential, but quite challenging whilst [simultaneously] keeping on top of the construction disputes that I was dealing with,” he said.
With this in mind, the chances of a sequel look fairly slim. Grose concluded: “I enjoyed writing this one, but I couldn’t start from scratch again.”
Construction Law in the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf received its official launch on Wednesday, 1 June, 2016 in Dubai, UAE.