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English law for Dubai construction disputes


CONTRACTORS AND consultants working in Dubai will soon be able to take disputes to a construction court operating according to English law.

Construction law firm Kennedys told NCE this week that the court 'will provide commercial entities in the region with a close cousin to the Technology & Construction Court.' The court will be located in the Dubai International Financial Centre, home of the Dubai stock exchange.

'Given the volume of work in the region the amount of litigation is not of the order we would expect, but as projects mature we can expect to see more and more, ' said Kennedys partner Paul Carter.

'Not necessarily between clients and suppliers but between primary contractors, ' he added.

Last week NCE revealed that Capita Symonds was pulling out of the Dubai Light Rail project after changes to the scope of the project left the firm open to the risk of non-payment (News last week).

Engineers in the region said that changes to projects following contract award were common.

'We try to ensure that it doesn't happen but from time to time we do see the problem, ' said Mott MacDonald business development director Kevin Stovell.

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