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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.


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


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

DLA Piper Kuwait in Association With (NEN) Al-Wagayan, Al Awadhi and Al-Saif handles litigation and arbitration involving construction, employment and banking disputes, and also has experience with white-collar investigations. Nader Al Awadhi jointly leads the practice with Henry Quinlan, who represented a logistics company in a compensation claim arising from an over-land transportation contract. Terry O’Regan and senior legal consultant Zara Merali are additional contacts.

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Saudi Arabia

Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

DLA Piper in collaboration with Amer Al Amr Law Firm is especially active in construction and projects-related disputes, and also handles corporate investigations, labour disputes and international arbitration. Dubai-based Suzannah Newbolt is representing a subsidiary company of a client from the waste management sector in a payment dispute with a main contractor of a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia. Dubai-based Henry Quinlan leads the Middle East litigation, arbitration and investigations practice, and Amer Al Amr, who acts as managing partner of the Saudi firm, heads the Saudi Arabia litigation, arbitration and investigations team.

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United Arab Emirates


Within: Construction

At DLA Piper Middle East LLP, Trevor Butcher handles non-contentious construction work, such as advising the Saudi Ministry of Culture on the construction elements of creating a new cultural district in Jeddah; his other Saudi-related work includes assisting Saudi Airlines Cargo Company with developing a new cargo terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport. Suzannah Newboult handles work concerning major infrastructure projects and other developments, including representing Korean contractors. Daniel Jude also represents main contractors in regional infrastructure disputes, with Simon Palmer another notable name for contentious projects. In addition, Henry Quinlan and Wissam Dagher act for Hircon International in a dispute before the Dubai courts concerning the 23 Marina development. Gulf Related and Carillion are other clients.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Henry Quinlan - DLA Piper Middle East LLP

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation

DLA Piper Middle East LLP 'brings a unique blend of in-house technical expertise to provide its clients with the best service possible'. Henry Quinlan represents Das Real Estate in DIFC litigation and a separate arbitration concerning the Langham Hotel in the Palm Jumeirah. Wissam Dagher contributes Arabic-language litigation expertise - he is representing Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile in a shareholder dispute concerning a joint venture in the UAE. Fraud investigations are another area of expertise, with Ramsey Jurdi particularly active in this space. Adam Vause heads up the firm's investigations practice. Sharif Hamadeh moved to an in-house position.

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