Paula Boast > Charles Russell Speechlys LLP > Manama, Bahrain > Lawyer Profile

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
Floor 24 Bahrain World Trade Centre
East Tower, Isa Al Kabeer Avenue
Kingdom of Bahrain

Work Department

Construction, Engineering & Projects




Paula is Head of Construction Engineering & Projects for the Middle East Region. Based in Bahrain since 2009, she specialises in construction projects throughout the region, in particular Bahrain, Oman and Qatar. Her extensive experience includes real estate and development, regeneration, infrastructure and utilities, hotels, leisure and tourism, residential, industrial and commercial, education and healthcare, both in the private and public sectors. Paula acts on behalf of government and regulatory clients including Ministry of Works, project employers and developers, lenders and investors, contractors, subcontractors and consultants.

Projects Paula has worked on include Shangri-La Oman, Bahrain National Assembly, Durrat Al Bahrain, Doha Convention Center, Bahrain Bay to include Four Seasons Hotel, Riffa Views, Diyar Al Muharraq, Bahrain Airport, King Abdullah Medical City, Education City Doha, Lusail Doha, Investment Gateway Bahrain and Reef Island. Paula also assisted the Bahrain Ministry of Works in the drafting and publication to market of its first ever Standard Suite of Construction Contracts (2009 Edition) based on FIDIC forms.

Paula is admitted to practise in England and Wales.



Lawyer Rankings

Bahrain > Real estate and construction

(Leading individuals)

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Bahrain > Dispute resolution

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has a well-established litigation practice with core strengths in cross-border matters concerning banking and finance, real estate and construction, aviation and telecommunications. Patrick Gearon is the overall head of the dispute resolution practice in the Middle East. He works with Paula Boast, who heads up the construction group and is active in related disputes. Other names to note at the firm are Thanos Karvelis, who has over 20 years of litigation and arbitration experience, and Gareth Mills. The team has seen an increase in instructions from the aviation sector, including from leading clients such as Etihad Airways.

Qatar > Projects, real estate and construction

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP regularly handles large-scale mega-projects in Qatar for developers and employers.  The head of the regional construction group is Paula Boast in Bahrain, who leads on high-value contentious and non-contentious work (ADR) in the oil and gas sector. Senior associate Niel Coertse in Doha advises contractors and consultants across the GCC region on mixed-use developments, as well as infrastructure (road and railways) related disputes. Simon Green, who divides time between Dubai and Hong Kong, is also involved in Qatari work.