Construction claims lawyer joins DWF

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Law firm DWF has appointed insurance partner Iftikhar Ali in London, where he will specialise in construction, power and engineering claims.

Ali joins from Simmons & Simmons where, he led the construction all-risks practice.

With more than 13 years of experience as a specialist international disputes lawyer, Ali (pictured) regularly advises on a range of claims arising from major property, construction and engineering projects domestically and worldwide, including Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa.

He specialises in liability, cover and comparative law with a focus on complex and high-value work. He also covers litigation and arbitration cases and will provide international indemnity expertise to construction, engineering and energy professionals from the DWF London hub.

Having advised a range of clients, Ali has previously worked with Chubb, Aviva, Zurich, CNA Hardy and Starstone.

Kieran Walshe, practice group partner for professional indemnity and commercial insurance at DWF, said: “Iftikhar brings a breadth of expertise on managing coverage and liability claims all around the world and will provide a particular strength in construction market and sector expertise when working alongside our UAE and Latin America offices. We look forward to growing our team further with Iftikhar on-board.”

Ali added: “DWF has an innovative international practice with offices in economically strong territories which create excellent opportunities for clients who are looking to branch out into international markets. Its insurance practice is known as one of the best in the country and increasingly competitive in a number of jurisdictions and I’m pleased to be joining such a reputable team.”

DWF continues to focus on international lateral hires within the insurance sector, with the recent appointment of Steffen Ernemann in Munich.

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