Hogan Lovells boosts Construction & Engineering practice with key London hire

London, 17 November 2022 – Hogan Lovells is further strengthening its Construction & Engineering practice with the arrival of Emerson Holmes as a partner in its Global International Arbitration practice. He joins the firm today from King & Spalding where he was Deputy Head of Construction.  Emerson will be resident in Hogan Lovells’ London office.

Emerson, a market-leading international arbitration practitioner, has been involved in some of the largest infrastructure projects in Asia, Australia and the Middle East over the years. His practice is focused on representing owners, contractors and consultants in disputes arising out of the design and construction of LNG facilities, petrochemical plants, mine, off-shore platforms, and other types of infrastructure projects. 

Although principally focused on international arbitration, Emerson has also significant experience advising clients in adjudications and in proceedings in the English courts where, more recently, he led the successful team in a landmark case that resulted in his client obtaining an injunction preventing an expert consultant from acting adverse to his client in an on-going arbitration.  

Kieron O’Callaghan, Deputy Global Head of International Arbitration at Hogan Lovells based in London said: “We have an excellent team specializing exclusively in construction and engineering disputes, including in our London office with partners Rupert Sydenham and Tom Smith. Emerson’s deep expertise, coupled with his well-deserved reputation as a leading advocate, will further boost our market leading disputes practice, which comprises 700 disputes lawyers globally.”

Emerson Holmes commented: “I have fond memories of my time with Lovells as an associate in Hong Kong earlier in my career and I am excited to be re-joining the firm. Hogan Lovells has an unparalleled global Construction and Engineering brand and there is a unique and intriguing opportunity to collaborate even more across the globe to better serve the firm’s impressive client base. I am also excited to join a team that I know has a strong culture of working together collegially in order to service the best interests of clients.” 


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