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Tim  Taylor 

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King & Wood Mallesons

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Dispute Resolution 


Managing Partner - Middle East 


Tim is a solicitor advocate, Queens Counsel, who specialises in international arbitration and litigation, regulatory investigations, fraud and asset tracing, and public international law.

He acts for major corporates and financial institutions, sovereign states and parastatals, high net worth individuals and heads of state, with a focus on the following sectors: international trade and financial services, telecoms and media, construction and banking.

His practice encompasses arbitration, mediation and litigation:

  • He regularly acts as an advocate both in arbitrations and in cases before the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts, as well as in the Dubai World Tribunal (DWT) and the English High Court.
  • He has also acted on disputes in other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries such as Saudi Arabia, as well as over 30 other countries worldwide.
  • He regularly sits as an arbitrator and mediator in commercial disputes in the region and internationally.

Recent examples of work include representing:

  • A major Dubai-based real estate group in two arbitrations, and connected DIFC Court proceedings in a dispute valued at over USD 200 million in connection with the ownership and management of a luxury five star resort.
  • A high profile Dubai Government owned developer in a portfolio of 15 construction related arbitrations valued at over USD 3 billion, subject to the DIAC arbitral rules, involving issues arising under FIDIC Conditions of Contract.



United Arab Emirates


Within: Construction

At King & Wood Mallesons, Shawn Davis, who is 'a very sharp lawyer with profound and diverse experience in construction projects in the Middle East', joined from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in January 2018. He advises China-UAE Industrial Capacity Cooperation on various matters, and also assists a number of other Chinese contractors in this space, as does the Singapore-qualified Daniel Xu. Xu, who 'fills a niche in the market with his Mandarin language abilities and experience working in international firms, meaning he has carved out a strong following of Chinese inbound work into the Middle East', is primarily notable for construction disputes, which are also areas of practice for Tim Taylor QC and Joanne Strain.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation

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Tim Taylor QC - King & Wood Mallesons

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation

King & Wood Mallesons handles a number of arbitration and DIFC commercial disputes. Tim Taylor QC and Joanne Strain represented Mashreqbank in litigation before the Dubai World Tribunal concerning a challenge to its restructuring proposal pertaining to Drydocks World's $2.3bn debt. The two also acted for a high-net-worth individual in a dispute with a food and beverage company over a loan. Daniel Xu, who is qualified in Singapore, is another notable name - his clients include Chinese and Russian businesses.

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