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Henry Quinlan

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Litigation, Arbitration & Investigations


Henry is based in Dubai, and has extensive experience of a range of dispute resolution procedures, with a particular emphasis on international arbitration. He acts as arbitrator and counsel on a wide range of arbitrations under the rules of all of the leading arbitral institutions, across sectors including real estate, technology, private equity/funds, energy, logistics, construction, telecoms, media and banking. He has particular experience in M&A/post-acquisition and joint venture/shareholder disputes.


• Queen Mary College, University of London, Diploma in International Arbitration • Oxford University, BA (Hons), MA • City University, Common Professional Examination in Law • The Inns of Court School of Law, Bar Vocational Course • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

The team at DLA Piper Kuwait in Association with (NEN) Al-Wagayan, Al Awadhi and Al-Saif, led by Henry Quinlan and Nader Al Awadhi, has experience in a range of areas, including construction, employment, white-collar crime and financial disputes. Senior legal consultant Zara Merali has experience in litigation, mediation and international arbitration.

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Saudi Arabia

Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Henry Quinlan and Amer Al-Amr lead the litigation team at DLA Piper Saudi Arabia, which recently represented Consolidated Contractors Company in a claim for delay and disruption concerning the construction of a gas plant in Saudi Arabia.

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United Arab Emirates


Within: Construction

DLA Piper Middle East LLP’s construction team is noted for providing advice that is ‘very good and strategically sound’. Duncan Pickering and Trevor Butcher’s transactional highlights include advising Gulf Related on negotiations with contractors for the AED1bn Al Maryah Central development. Henry Quinlan is representing Hircon International in a dispute with contractor Dubai Civil Engineering pertaining to a residential skyscraper and concerning issues of delay, variations and defects. Daniel Jude, the ‘strategic and commercial’ Simon Palmer and ‘hardworking and diligent’ Suzannah Newboult (who was promoted to partner in 2017) also handle construction and engineering disputes.

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United Arab Emirates: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and international litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Henry Quinlan - DLA Piper Middle East LLP

Within: Arbitration and international litigation

DLA Piper Middle East LLP’s ‘responsive’ disputes practice includes Henry Quinlan, who led a team that successfully defended Niranjan Hiranandani in a long-running multi-jurisdictional case brought by Hirco, culminating in a Singapore arbitral award in 2016. Wissam Dagher, who made partner in May 2017, is a name of note for matters that cross over with local court litigation. Also recommended are Ramsey Jurdi, who is noted for US regulatory and sanctions matters, and Adam Vause, who is representing Credit Suisse in a trade finance dispute.

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