(LONDON) Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP announced today the arrival of Matthew Needham-Laing as a partner in its Real Estate practice who will spearhead the firm's Construction and Engineering group in the UK. His arrival follows the hiring last autumn of real estate finance, hospitality and insolvency specialist Terry Green, and real estate finance and fund specialist Michael Speranza.

"London continues to be a key market for strategic growth of our firm and the expansion of our Real Estate practice there remains a strong component of that plan," said Katten CEO Noah Heller. "Matthew's significant experience in construction law further strengthens the firm's real estate offerings in the UK and enhances our team's capabilities in an important industry."

With more than 20 years of experience in construction and engineering as both a litigator and a transactional lawyer, Matthew provides his clients with a one-stop-shop legal service spanning both contentious and non-contentious matters. As a litigator, he is experienced in adjudication, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution and has acted as an adjudicator in numerous construction and engineering disputes. On the non-contentious side, he drafts and negotiates all forms of construction and engineering contracts and advises on bonds and guarantees related to those contracts. Matthew also has considerable experience advising on engineering contracts for the energy industry and pharmaceutical infrastructure projects.

"I have worked with Matthew before and was impressed with his depth of knowledge and how he approaches problem solving," said Peter Sugden, managing partner of Katten UK. "Matthew is well known and respected in the industry. Our clients will benefit from his skills and the deep level of expertise he will bring to our Real Estate practice."

Matthew frequently lectures on matters related to construction law, arbitration and adjudication. Prior to becoming a solicitor, he qualified and practiced as an architect for 10 years working on large hotel, office and retail projects.