Richard Davies

Country Managing Partner - UAE

“Abu Dhabi office head Richard Davies scores points with clients for his "good business acumen and responsive service” (Chambers 2015)
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16 years experience working across over 10 jurisdictions including UAE and UK
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Biography

  • Country Managing Partner for the UAE based in Abu Dhabi. 
  • 16+ years’ experience working in UK & UAE specialising in  transactions and disputes arising out of construction projects.
  • Acting for a wide range of clients from government departments, developers, occupiers, lenders, to contractors and consultants -  representing them at dispute resolution forums, arbitrations, adjudications and mediations. 
  • Experienced advising on: procurement strategy, drafting and negotiating construction and ancillary contracts and advising on claims (often during project execution).
  • Work in the UAE frequently involves working with international clients, recent examples include: an oil project in Abu Dhabi representing an Indian specialist contractor, a power and water complex in Qatar involving US and Italian contractors, and a mixed use development in Myanmar involving a French/Singaporeon JV contractor. 
  • High profile past projects include: a well-known commercial development in Abu Dhabi, power and water facilities in Qatar and Fujairah, high-speed rail in Saudi Arabia. hotels in UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. 
  • Clients include: MAF Properties, Voltas Limited, AL Tayer Goup, Xenel Industries
  • Ranked in Chambers, United Arab Emirates, Construction (Dispute Resolution) as a notable practitioner.  
  • A member of: The Law Society of England and Wales, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and the Society of Construction Law (Gulf).

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Examples of Work

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Design And Build Defects In A Landmark Hotel

Led the team representing one of the Middle East’s largest hotel and mall owners in pursuing claims against the original design and build team for defects in a landmark hotel in Dubai. Developed a claim strategy which included the coordination and documentation of independent expert investigations into the extent of the defects, reviewing and analysing historic project records (including interviewing key personnel) to ascertain contractual responsibility for them and advising client on prospects of success. Pursued a robust but non-confrontational strategy with the other parties, enabling the client to progress commercial discussions and contributions towards remedial costs.

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Residential Mixed-Use Development In Myanmar

Drafted and successfully negotiated on behalf of a developer a design and build contract and ancillary documents for a mixed-use development in Myanmar. Tax and for-ex considerations were overcome by the use of an on-shore/off-shore procurement structure and coordination procedure. The project is now successfully being delivered and is due for completion in early 2018.

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New airport development in GCC

Represented the master systems integrator for a major airport project in a GCC country in relation to its disputes with the project Owner and certain subcontractors in connection with responsibility for delay and extra costs. Matters include contractual adjudication proceedings and arbitration (under ICC rules).

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Haramain High Speed Rail Project

Handled (as part of a multi-disciplinary team) the engineering and technology aspects of the multi-phase Haramain High Speed Rail Project, linking the Holy cities of Makkah and Medinah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Particular challenges arose for the Phase 2 packages (which included not only the rolling stock, operation and maintenance of the railway but also the design and engineering of track and systems) and their integration with the separately procured train stations at challenging locations. The project is now nearing completion.

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