A depth of experience in complex disputes arising out of Middle Eastern construction projects

In the UAE, our team combines specialist expertise in complex engineering and infrastructure disputes with expertise with disputes arising within, or with a connection to, the UAE and beyond.   We assist our clients both with early dispute resolution and dispute avoidance, and with the execution of successful dispute resolution strategies in arbitration and litigation.

Our team has extensive experience in regional construction disputes.  The team represents clients in major construction disputes arising under the major institutional rules, including: the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre and Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce (ADCAC), and our Partners sit as arbitrators in construction disputes.  

The team is best known for acting in international and domestic construction and engineering arbitrations, with related commercial litigation strategies.  We act for corporations, governmental entities, high-net-worth individuals, and construction giants.

Our team is at the forefront of developing jurisprudence and takes a key role in enhancing international arbitration in the Middle East.  We take an innovative approach to our cases and  we are experts in handling multi-jurisdictional cross border disputes with multi-lingual aspects. We are well-known as experts in the enforcement of Arbitral Awards and Court judgments in the UAE.  Our team has won multiple industry accolades and are frequently asked to give their expert views on legal trends and developments for leading publications, conferences, and events.

Highlights of our work include:

  • Representing a Government-owned entity in multiple high value mechanical, electrical and plumbing disputes arising under the International Federation of Consulting Engineer (FIDIC) books, in disputes before the DIAC.
  • Representing a major UAE based developer in a long running and high-profile dispute with its Main Contractor for the development of real estate, before the DIAC
  • Representing a major Abu Dhabi developer in arbitral proceedings against contractors arising out of a landmark development in Abu Dhabi, before ADCAC.
  • Acting as project counsel and managing all matters relating to dispute avoidance for a major Chinese SOE in a landmark clean energy project in the UAE. The project is the world’s largest renewable project and part of the UAE’s Vision for sustainability.
  • Acting as project counsel and managing all matters relating to dispute avoidance for a major Chinese SOE in in the construction of Etihad Rail, the UAE’s national railway network
  • Acting for a major contractor on a USD 5 billion master-planned residential project in Dubai, in disputes arising from delays, variations, extended scope of works and non/late payments, with ancillary disputes relating to performance bonds, advance payment guarantees, and financial guarantees.
  • Acting for a major contractor in potential disputes arising from a crucial USD 600 million infrastructure project in Doha.

Industry recognition

Clients and industry bodies alike recognise our practice and lawyers as leading practitioners in construction:

  • Top 20 Middle East law firm, Construction Week 2021
  • Joanne Strain – Power 100 list, Construction Week 2021
  • Daniel Xu – 50 MENA Super Lawyer, Asian Legal Business, 2021
  • Parnika Chaturvedi – Rising Star, Private Practice, Middle East Legal Awards, 2021
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