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3 Verulam Buildings’ Jane Davies Evans is instructed as leading counsel in a dispute concerning an element of a Middle Eastern airport construction project.

4 New Square’s Roger Stewart QC handles disputes over the construction of large infrastructure projects.

4 Pump Court handles a range of engineering and construction disputes. Sean Brannigan QC and Claire Packman represent a construction company in a dispute with a government entity over the redevelopment of an airport in the GCC. Luke Wygas is appointed as an arbitrator in a dispute concerning the quality of rock extracted in the UAE in the wake of renovations to the quarry.

A ‘go-to set for counsel or arbitrators in energy and construction disputes’, Atkin Chambers is instructed in heavyweight disputes in the region, some of which cover the most visible developments and infrastructure projects in the world. Riaz Hussain QC has been instructed in disputes concerning Saudi Arabia, as well as accepting arbitral appointments. Rupert Choat is also noted for sitting as an arbitrator alongside his practice as counsel, which includes litigation in London following Middle Eastern arbitrations.

For many ‘the leading chambers for construction work, and particularly so for cases with a Middle East element’, Keating Chambers has members involved in some of the world’s largest construction disputes, including disputes concerning chemicals, energy infrastructure, and transport projects. Richard Harding QC is instructed in a number of cases concerning major rail and aviation projects.

XXIV Old Buildings’ Tom Montagu-Smith QC represented DIFC Investments in a dispute concerning the free zone’s centrepiece Gate Building, including appearing in the DIFC courts to resist an anti-suit injunction application brought by Brookfield Multiplex.

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    Further to our previous inBrief dated 7 July 2019, which disucssed UAE Cabinet Resolution 31 of 2019 Concerning Economic Substance Regulations (the UAE Economic Substance Regulations or the Regulations), and inBrief dated 10 October 2019, which discussed the Guidance on UAE Economic Substance Regulations issued by the UAE Ministry of Finance, Cabinet Decision No. 58 of 2019 has now designated the regulatory authorities (the Regulatory Authorities) to regulate compliance with the UAE Economic Substance Regulations. 
  • Emirates Development Bank appointed to maintain Register of Finance Leases

    Pursuant to UAE Federal Cabinet Resolution No. 56 of 2019, Emirates Development Bank has been appointed to maintain the register of finance lease contracts created pursuant to UAE Federal Law No. 8 of 2018 on Finance Lease (the Finance Lease Law or the Law). 
  • UAE Ministry of Finance Issues Guidance on Economic Substance Regulations

    A previous inBrief dated 7 July 2019 discussed UAE Cabinet Resolution 31 of 2019 Concerning Economic Substance Regulations (the UAE Economic Substance Regulations or the Regulations).
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    Doctors in the UAE face considerable legal risk when treating patients. Thus, it’s important for casualties as well as medical practitioners to know their rights and get their cases evaluated by legal experts.
  • The New DIFC Employment Law- What Has Changed?

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    In a 2018 judgment the DIFC, discussed and decided upon the concept of set-off under the UAE Civil Transaction Law No. 5 of 1985 (the “Civil Code”).
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    Since a very long time, FIDIC (The International Federation of Consulting Engineers) is commonly used a standard for international construction and engineering contracts and is very frequently used in UAE. It mainly governs the construction works within the country and in GCC. 

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