Nadia Paliwalla

Senior Associate

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Nadia Paliwalla



Nadia is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Dubai office. She trained and qualified at Beale & Co, joining the firm’s construction, engineering and infrastructure team, specialising in dispute resolution.

Nadia has experience advising both claimant and defendant clients, including sovereign governments, employers, contractors and other construction professionals, in relation to disputes concerning delay and disruption, variations and payment.

Nadia has significant experience of construction disputes and international arbitrations dealing with complex issues, including proceedings brought in respect of major infrastructure projects. She has been involved in arbitrations under the institutional rules of the ICC, DIAC, DIFC and ADCCAC and has worked on multi-million US$ disputes in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

In the last five years, Nadia has worked almost exclusively on international construction arbitrations relating to projects in the UAE, Oman, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Iraq. She has spent the last four years working in the UAE where she has developed a strong understanding of the common issues faced by employers and contractors in the MENA region.

Nadia’s experience includes advising in relation to projects concerning oil and gas, large-scale infrastructure, transport, waste treatment as well as large residential, commercial and mixed-use developments.

Nadia re-joined the firm in early 2018 after spending three years working in the London and Dubai offices of a large US law firm where she was an Associate in the Construction team.

Examples of Nadia's recent experience include:

  • Representing a Middle Eastern sovereign government in relation to several ICC arbitrations relating to the construction of a new international airport in the country.
  • Representing a multi-party consortium in an ICC arbitration relating to a commercial payment and technical variation dispute concerning a major transport infrastructure project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Advising one of the largest multinational energy corporations in relation to a number of delay, variation and contractual claims relating to various construction projects in the Middle East region including, for example, gas production plants.
  • Acting for a major UAE developer in multiple DIAC arbitration proceedings against an international and local contractor arising out of the construction of large-scale residential and commercial developments in the UAE. The disputes concern variations, loss of profit, delay and liquidated damages claims.