Doug Wass Partner

Doug acts on a wide range of substantial international and domestic arbitration, litigation and adjudication matters. He has particular expertise in complex construction, engineering and real estate claims and related professional negligence issues, although his practice also encompasses more general commercial disputes.

Doug is the co-head of the litigation and dispute resolution group.

Doug has advised a wide range of clients, including large developers, project companies, professional consultants, contractors and sub-contractors.  His experience includes office, residential, hotel, industrial, hospital, university, school, power plant, airport and roads projects.  Doug’s arbitration work has included major international ICC and LCIA arbitrations.  Doug also regularly advises clients in relation to mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Doug has an MSc in Construction Law and Arbitration from King’s College, London and is a member of the Society of Construction Law, the Adjudication Society and the Property Litigation Association.  Doug is also a Solicitor-Advocate.

Doug is co-author for the chapter on UK construction law for the International Comparative Legal Guide to Construction & Engineering.

What people are saying


"Sources say that he is a 'good operator for a long drawn-out fight,' and praise his 'pragmatic, commercial advice'."

Chambers UK 2019

"He 'works phenomenally hard and is extremely good,' according to sources. He focuses his practice on representing developers, contractors and employers in significant construction disputes."

Chambers UK 2018

"‘Superb’ contentious head Doug Wass is ‘unruffled by even the most difficult challenges’."

The UK Legal 500 2017

"Leader of the contentious team Douglas Wass advises on a range of domestic disputes and also has experience advising on construction matters in Africa. One client comments: 'He was highly effective in positioning our company for the litigation process. He was calm, considered and has provided great service throughout the matter'."

Chambers UK 2017

"Doug Wass is commercial and approachable."

The UK Legal 500 2016

"Douglas Wass advises on litigation and ADR. One source reports: 'He is technically superb and incredibly calm'."

Chambers UK 2016

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