Middle East

In recent years, many of our clients have focussed on the Middle East as part of their international development strategies.

The rapid growth, particularly in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, has provided extensive opportunities for consultants, contractors and insurers in the region.

Recognising the need to establish a permanent presence in the Middle East to provide the legal support clients need, we opened an office in Dubai in May 2015 in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Claire Miller, Partner, heads up the office alongside a team of other lawyers delivering our core services of international arbitration, dispute avoidance and resolution, contracts and project advisory, and insurance in the engineering, construction and infrastructure sectors.

We work with consultants, contractors, developers and insurers operating throughout the Middle East.  Examples of recent matters include:

  • Advising a design and fit out contractor in relation to a number of major construction projects in KSA, including the Redevelopment of King Abdulaziz International Airport.  The work has involved drafting and negotiating bespoke design consultancy agreements, and supply and installation contracts including a main contract based on the FIDIC red book and a sub-contract based on the FIDIC sub-contract.
  • Advising a consultant in respect of the Redevelopment of Doha, Qatar (the Heart of Doha). The work involved negotiating a bespoke framework agreement for consultancy services and advising on a sub-consultancy agreement in relation to the concept design, including agreeing the allocation of responsibility for such matters as the Building Information Model (BIM) and the role of the BIM Coordinator.
  • Acting for a leading Middle East contractor in DIAC arbitration proceedings in the UAE under the law of a GCC state regarding the construction of a supertall skyscraper, with an amount in dispute of c. US$ 100 million.  Matters in dispute include jurisdiction, delay, and valuation of works.
  • Acting for a major international power developer against a Middle Eastern state entity in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings arising under a contract governed by local law with an amount in dispute of c. US $30 million.  Matters in dispute include contract interpretation and quantum of payment due.
  • Acting for an international civil Engineering firm in a US$550 million claim relating to the construction of a container terminal at Port Said in Egypt.



[The firm] "puts in the time to understand the dispute" and is able "to engage with the issues, putting their clients in the best position."

[The firm] is "well organised, with extensive experience in construction disputes."

Chambers Global 2019