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Robert Lawrence

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Robert Lawrence

Robert Lawrence

Partner

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Robert Lawrence

Robert Lawrence

Partner

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An English qualified lawyer, Robert has been in the UAE since December 2006 and has wide-ranging experience of dispute resolution. Robert has particular expertise advising on complex disputes centred around the marine and offshore industry, where he has gained significant experience dealing with disputes arising from EPC contracts, offshore incidents (collisions, allisions, rig punch-throughs and fires) as well as ship building and ship conversion projects. His clients include oil companies, rig and vessel owners, offshore service contractors, commodity traders, ports & terminal operators, shipyards and marine insurers.

As well as litigating before the English High Court and various courts throughout the GCC, including the DIFC and the Dubai World Tribunal, Robert regularly acts as counsel in both local and international recognised arbitral forums including the ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, LMAA, GAFTA and FOSFA. Robert also has experience in matters ancillary to arbitration, including obtaining freezing injunctions, obtaining and defending security for costs orders, as well as both enforcing awards and challenging defective awards.

In addition to acting for clients in the UAE Robert spends significant time servicing clients in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Azerbaijan, which is reflected through him being listed by various international legal directories, including Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, for his work in both the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Robert is ranked in and noted as “a very good lawyer” in Chambers & Partners, while he has been described in Legal 500 as "impress[ing] with his grasp of the key issues and assessment of how far to go in negotiations" and a source of “good, calm and practical advice”.

Experience
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Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales

Registered Part II practitioner before the DIFC Courts

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Expertise

Robert is a Partner in Clyde & Co’s leading dispute resolution practice in the Middle East, where he has particular focus on offshore oil, gas and construction, shipping and trade.

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