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, projects/PFI 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 and the Adjudication Society. 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


"Doug is a highly skilled lawyer and an excellent leader and communicator."

Chambers UK 2023

"He's a very clever and cerebral lawyer."

Chambers UK 2023

"Doug has always given us great guidance and he's really easy to work with."

Chambers UK 2023

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

Chambers UK 2019

"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

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

The UK Legal 500 2017

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