Brodies has expanded its construction team with the appointment of new partner David Arnott, a construction disputes specialist, consultant Jane McMonagle, a contracts specialist, and associate Chris Duff, also a construction disputes resolution lawyer.

David is one of the country's most respected contentious construction specialists. He brings to Scotland's largest law firm 25 years of specialist expertise in resolving construction, engineering and PPP/PFI disputes.

David is ranked Band 1 in the current edition of the independent legal directory Chambers and Partners, having received "acclaim from peers and clients for the calibre of his disputes work. The directory commends him as "very level-headed, "practical and for understanding his clients. He joins from MacRoberts, where he was head of the firm's Construction and Projects Group.

David, who will be based in Brodies' Edinburgh office, specialises in resolving construction and engineering disputes through negotiation, mediation, adjudication, arbitration and litigation. He has been involved in more than 200 adjudications and has resolved multi-million pound disputes relating to some of the country's largest PFI and PPP projects and other high profile construction cases.

David will also be joined at Brodies by Chris Duff, who has six years' specialist expertise in construction dispute resolution. Chris also joins from MacRoberts.

Jane McMonagle brings over 12 years' experience to Brodies' non-contentious construction team, having advised clients on all forms of construction and engineering contracts and associated documents. Jane, who will be based in Brodies' Glasgow office, joins from Harper Macleod, where she was a partner in the firm's construction team. Before joining her last firm, she spent 10 years with Dundas & Wilson. She has worked on some of the most significant construction projects in Scotland over the past decade.

David and Jane, who are both accredited as specialists in construction law by the Law Society of Scotland, will work alongside fellow partners and contentious construction specialists Manus Quigg and Louise Shiels, and contract specialist Alistair McLean, with Chris' expertise further boosting what is one of the largest full-service construction and projects teams in Scotland. On the arrival of David, Jane and Chris, Brodies will have 29 professionals serving clients with construction and projects mandates across the UK.

Stephen Goldie, Head of Litigation at Brodies, said: "These great appointments underline our sustained investment in providing the construction, contracting, infrastructure and real estate sectors with a team that can deliver results for clients involved in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Bill Drummond, Brodies' Managing Partner, added: "In the 12 months to June 2015, Scotland's construction industry achieved record output with a value of more than £13 billion, helping sustain growth in the Scottish economy in tricky times. Throughout this period and beyond, our construction team has contributed strongly to growth in the firm's real estate, projects and dispute resolution practices. Our commitment to supporting infrastructure projects in Scotland and our focus on team-working to ensure clients get a seamless service mean all practice areas in Brodies are looking forward to welcoming these top quality lawyers to the firm.