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Awards and Recognition

In June 2012 in the Queens Birthday Honours List, Doug was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, for distinguished service to the law as a leader in the areas of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, to policy reform, and to national and international professional organisations.

In January 1999, Doug was made a member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his thirty years’ contribution to construction law and dispute resolution.

2018

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018

International Arbitration – Doug again retained his Band 1 ranking in the “Arbitration (International): Most In Demand Arbitrators – Asia-Pacific Region” category. Doug was recognised an arbitrator “whose name is a byword in the Asia-Pacific.” Doug was also praised for his “phenomenal turnaround rate” and considered to be “a delight to sit with because he absolutely knows what he’s doing and is totally on top of everything.”

Who’s Who Legal 2018 

WWL Arbitration (Australia and UK) 2018 again identified Doug as among the world’s leading commercial arbitration experts and said that “Douglas Jones is “among the best out there” according to respondents, who consider him a standout name globally for his superlative work.”

 

 

2017

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017

International Arbitration – Retained his Band 1 ranking in the “Arbitration (International): Most In Demand Arbitrators – Asia-Pacific Region” category. Doug was recognised as “without question the leading Asia-Pacific-based arbitrator for construction disputes. Whether serving as co-arbitrator or chair, he knows his role and plays it to perfection.”

Who’s Who Legal 2017

WWL Australia: Arbitration 2017 ranked Doug as the “Mostly Highly Regarded” arbitrator in this year’s chapter and commented that he is recognised as “one of the pre-eminent practitioners in the field.”

The WWL Arbitration Analysis 2017 identified Doug as a “Thought Leader” in the arbitration field and commented that he “boasts near-unmatched experience as an arbitrator and is “rated extremely highly” by sources around the world”.

The UK Bar (Arbitration) observed that “One respondent sums up market sentiment by commenting that Douglas Jones is “an incredibly efficient chairman who is well organised and extremely responsive, no matter where he is in the world”.

 The UK Bar (Construction) observed that “Douglas Jones is described by one source as “a first-class arbitrator and my first choice for anything complex – he’s no-nonsense and gets things done.””

WWL (Construction) England and Australia described Doug as “one of the best construction lawyers and arbitrators in the world”. Sources praise him for being “unbelievably efficient” and for his ability to “handle the most acrimonious of disputes”.

Best Lawyers® 2017 – Doug was named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Sydney International Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year”, marking the third consecutive year he has been the recipient of this honour.

2016

Chambers 2016

International Arbitration – Receiving a Band 1 ranking in the “Arbitration (International): Most In Demand Arbitrators – Asia-Pacific Region” category, Chambers stated of Doug that “[h]e is regarded by many as “the leading construction arbitrator in the world” and recognised his increasing activity in the Asian region across the infrastructure and energy industries.

Who’s Who Legal 2016 – Doug was recognised by the UK Bar as one of the “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” and as a “Leading Junior” in the Arbitration category for his “calm manner” combined with a “pragmatic, sensible and very thorough” approach to cases.

Best Lawyers® 2016 – Doug was named the Best Lawyers® 2016 Sydney International Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year”. Doug was also selected for inclusion in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction/Infrastructure Law, International Arbitration and Transportation Law.

2015

Chambers 2015

International Arbitration – Receiving a Band 1 ranking in the “Arbitration (International): Most In Demand Arbitrators – Asia-Pacific Region” category, Doug was recognised for commanding “great respect for his eminence in construction law and as a highly experienced and very well-regarded general arbitrator.”

Construction –  Recognised for over 40 years’ experience and as “one of the most high-profile practitioners in the construction and infrastructure sector.”

Who’s Who Legal 2015 – Doug was recognised for his “formidable expertise in infrastructure, energy, commodities, intellectual property and joint venture-related arbitrations, having managed claims of up to US$1 billion in value”.

Doug was ranked in the list of 15 of the “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” in the world (and the only one in Australia) in the Construction Law category.

Best Lawyers® 2015 – Doug was named the Best Lawyers® 2015 Sydney International Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year”. Doug was also selected for inclusion in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction/Infrastructure Law, International Arbitration and Transportation Law.

GAR Articles 2015

Another change of status for Doug Jones – GAR News published 14th January 2015.

Jones identifies “challenges ahead” – GAR News published 12th May 2015.

2014

Chambers 2014

International Arbitration – Receiving a Band 1 ranking in the “Arbitration (International): Most In Demand Arbitrators – Asia-Pacific Region” category, Doug was recognised as a “highly experienced and revered arbitrator” for his expertise in infrastructure disputes.

Construction – Receiving a Star Individual ranking, Doug was described as a “Practice group leader [who]…is noted regionally for his experience in arbitration”.

Projects – Receiving a Band 2 ranking, Doug was described as a “Practice group leader [who] is noted for his work on some of the largest projects in the country. He is also recognised for his expertise in dispute resolution”.

Lawyers Weekly Law Awards 2014 – Doug was awarded the Michael Kirby Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognises legal leaders that have made a substantial contribution to the Australian legal profession as well as overall leadership and influence on the Australian legal sector. The editor of Lawyers Weekly said Doug’s many professional achievements made him a stand out choice for the award: “Doug has left a lasting legacy not just on the Australian legal profession, but the international legal community. No one in the Australian legal sector has done more to promote Australia as a viable destination to hear international commercial arbitration matters than Doug. His tireless energy and devotion in promoting Alternative Dispute Resolution here and abroad has ensured Australia has a credible international voice in major discussions and developments on the global commercial dispute resolution scene.”

GAR 100 2014 – Doug was recognised as a “driving force” and was noted for “head[ing] the practice at Clayton Utz, one of the few Australian firms with a real name in [arbitration]”.

2013 

Chambers 2013

International Arbitration – Receiving a Band 1 ranking in the “Most In Demand Arbitrators: Asia-Pacific Region” category, Doug was said to have been “noted by peers as ‘an excellent arbitrator who’s grown in stature over the years.’ He has an outstanding construction practice and is undoubtedly a leading arbitrator in the field”.

Australian Dispute Resolution/Arbitration – Receiving a Band 2 ranking in Dispute Resolution/Arbitration in Australia, Doug was described as “an ‘excellent litigator,’ who wins market approval for his extensive international dispute resolution expertise”.

Construction – Receiving a Star Individual ranking, Doug was described as a lawyer who “continues to be one of the most prominent practitioners in this space”.

Projects – Receiving a Band 1 ranking in the Projects category, Doug was described as a “practice group leader… [who] has years of experience which have equipped him with significant expertise in several specialist disciplines, making him ‘an incredibly valuable resource, not come across elsewhere’”.

Who’s Who Legal 2013 – Doug Jones was awarded the Global Construction Lawyer of the Year Award and was said to have been “described as having a ‘formidable reputation’ for construction work… He is a specialist in construction-related dispute resolution, particularly arbitration and is selected for this award based on his extensive international reputation among lawyers and corporate clients.”

Global Arbitration Review Awards 2013 – Doug was joint runner-up in the “Best Prepared and Responsive Arbitrator” category.

Best Lawyers in Australia 2013 – Doug was recognised by his peers for inclusion in the Sixth Edition of Best Lawyers in Australia in the practice areas of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction/Infrastructure, International Arbitration and Construction.

2012

Chambers 2012

International Arbitration – Receiving a Band 1 ranking, Doug was recognised as one of the most in demand international arbitrators.

Australian Dispute Resolution/Arbitration – Doug received a Band 1 ranking in Dispute Resolution (Arbitration) in Australia.

Construction – Receiving a Star Individual Ranking, Doug was described as “a phenomenon” and “the statesman of the industry”.

Projects – Receiving a Band 2 ranking, Doug was described as the “doyen of the industry”.

The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2012 – Construction – Doug was ranked the most highly regarded of the ten lawyers recognised worldwide as the leaders in this field. He was recognised as “the most highly regarded lawyer internationally in this year’s research, with peers hailing him variously as a ‘formidable talent’ and ‘thorough leader’”.

The International Who’s Who of Public Procurement Lawyers 2012 – Doug was hailed as an “internationally recognised” public procurement lawyer.

2011

Chambers 2011

International Arbitration – Receiving a Band 1 ranking, Doug was recognised as a “highly regarded arbitrator”.

Australian Dispute Resolution/Arbitration – Doug received a Star Individual ranking for his expertise in arbitration. Doug also received a Band 1 ranking in Dispute Resolution (Arbitration) in Australia, where it was noted that he “stands out for his work in international arbitration and is commended for his ‘driven and determined attitude which never disappoints’”.

Construction – Doug received a Star Individual ranking for his expertise in construction law. He was recognised as an “expert construction lawyer” and for “tak[ing] the lead in numerous significant projects”.

Projects – Doug was praised for “his work in construction and for his ability to co-ordinate complex, cross-departmental matters”.

Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2011 – Doug was identified as a “pre-eminent lawyer” and was described as “operating in a different stratosphere” and as a “once in hundred year lawyer, in a category all of his own”.

The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration 2011 – Doug was named as one of the leaders worldwide and was one of only three highly recommended individuals in Australia. It was also noted that “Doug Jones at Clayton Utz is held in the highest esteem”.

IFLR1000 21st/2011 Edition – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms – Doug was nominated as a leading lawyer.

Best Lawyers in Australia 2011 – Doug was identified as the Transportation Lawyer of the Year for the State of New South Wales, Australia.

2010

Chambers 2010

International Arbitration – Doug was described as “a leading light for Asia-Pacific arbitration work” and as having “‘a towering international reputation’, according to interviewees”.

Construction – Doug was said to be “noted by peers as a stand out practitioner and ‘a very good operator’”.

Projects – Doug was described as “one of Australia’s most pre-eminent construction lawyers, with an intimate knowledge of construction contracts and PPPs”.

The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2010

Construction – Doug was recognised as one of the “most highly regarded individuals (worldwide): Doug is described as being ‘globally respected – the rock star of construction law’. He is the only Australian lawyer featured in the lost of the world’s top twelve construction lawyers”. He was also described as a “leading name in the field worldwide”.

Arbitration – Doug was named as one of the leaders worldwide and one of only three highly recommended individuals in Australia. He was repeatedly recommended.

Global Arbitration Review 2010 – It was said that “Clayton Utz…owes its name and work in the field to partner Doug Jones. Jones is the life of Australia’s arbitration community and abroad. He is the president of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA); and president-elect of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (beginning in 2011). He recently received an award from the construction industry for 30 years of service”.

The International Who’s Who of Public Procurement Lawyers 2010 – Doug was recognised as one of the “most highly regarded individuals (worldwide): “Clayton Utz’s Douglas Jones is the leading Australian practitioner…and features among our most highly regarded individuals overall.” He is the only Australian lawyer featured in the list of the world’s top ten public procurement lawyers”.

Best Lawyers in Australia 2010 – Doug was selected by peers for inclusion in the third edition of the Best Lawyers list for Australia in the specialities of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction/Infrastructure and Transportation.

PLC Which Lawyer? 2009/2010 – Doug was ranked (sole) leading lawyer in Australia. He was He was described as being “widely regarded as the leading expert in construction law in Australia. Head of the construction and major projects groups, he has advised extensively on project structuring and financing, contract drafting and advice during project implementation and dispute resolution in Australia and overseas”.

2009

Chambers 2009

International Arbitration – Doug was described as “a leading light for Asia-Pacific arbitration work”.

Construction – Doug was labelled “the market-leading practitioner for construction work” and “a superb lawyer who has built one of Australia’s premier construction practices”.

IFLR 1000 2009 – Doug was ranked under the Project Finance category.

ALB Building & Construction Guide 2009 – Doug was described as being “head and shoulders ahead of the rest” in construction law. He was also praised for bring “incisive, accurate and articulate”.

2008

Chambers 2008

International Arbitration – Doug was acknowledged as a leading arbitrator.

Construction – Receiving a Star Performer ranking, Doug was said to provide “valuable and customer-focused advice”. One client stated that “you can’t underestimate him – he has a truly remarkable ability to find an ideal solution to any situation”.

Projects – Doug was described as being “‘incredibly impressive’ in projects, bring[ing] a ‘wealth of knowledge and experience to the table’”. He was also described as a “classic example of a lawyer who is strong across the board”.

Transportation and Construction in Best Lawyers / AFR inaugural 2008 publication – Doug was profiled as a “best lawyer” by his Australian peers in the areas of Arbitration and Mediation.

APL 500 2008 – Construction – Doug was described as a “leading figure in both the projects and construction fields”.

The International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers 2008 – Doug was named as one of the most highly regarded individuals – global. He was the only Australian lawyer to be nominated in the prestigious list of the top nine construction lawyers in the world.

PLC Which Lawyer? 2008 – Doug was identified as the sole leading individual lawyer in construction in Australia. He was described as being “widely regarded as the leading expert in construction law in Australia. He has extensive expertise on project structuring and financing, contract drafting and cross-border arbitration”

IFLR 1000 2008 – Doug was ranked as a leading lawyer in the area of project finance

Australasian Legal Business General – Doug was identified as one of Australia’s top 30 pre-eminent lawyers. He was described as “the guy that would have to be on everyone’s list”.

2007 

Chambers 2007

International Arbitration – Doug was acknowledged as a leading arbitrator in Australia and was listed among the leading individuals in international arbitration.

Projects – Doug was “commended for ‘his excellent client skills, his genuine intellect and his vast industry knowledge’”.

Who’s Who Legal 2007 – Doug was identified as an arbitration specialist and he was ranked as one of four internationally recognised international arbitration lawyers practising in Australia.

The International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers 2007 – Doug was ranked as one of only 11 most highly regarded individuals – global. He was described as “Australia’s most highly nominated individual”. He was also recognised as a “prominent figure in the Australian construction bar” and as an “outstanding lawyer”.

PLC Which Lawyer? 2007 – Doug was ranked as the (sole) leading individual in construction in Australia, and was described as being “widely regarded as the leading expert in construction law in Australia”.

Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2007 – Doug was ranked as one of the most highly recommended legal experts in dispute resolution in the Asia-Pacific region.

PLC Cross Border Dispute Resolution Handbook 2007 – Arbitration – Doug was ranked among the top arbitration specialists in the world.

Asia-Pacific Legal 500 directory 2006/2007 – Doug was ranked as a leading individual and was described as being “revered by clients and peers alike”.

2006

Chambers 2006

International Arbitration – Doug was described as “one of the highest-profile arbitrators in Australia”.

Who’s Who Legal 2006 – Doug was recognised as an arbitration expert and was said to “top the research in the Asia-Pacific region”. He was also described as “the king of Australian construction law” and as being “absolutely outstanding”.

Asia-Pacific Legal 500: Projects and Energy 2005/2006 – Doug was described as having a first-class reputation for PPP projects”.