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Danielle O'Brien

Associate, Dubai

Danielle has 6 years of experience in disputes in the UAE, primarily with construction disputes focusing on FIDIC model forms of construction contracts. Danielle is familiar with, and has experience in, onshore litigation in the UAE courts, particularly the Dubai Courts, including the enforcement of arbitration awards. Danielle has also advised a number of local and international clients. She has experience in handling corporate, contractual and construction disputes. Danielle has experience in a variety of arbitral centres, namely: DIAC, ADCCAC, DIFC-LCIA, ICC, CRCICA, ICSID Centres as well as ad-hoc arbitration.
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Danielle's experience includes:

  • Acting on behalf of a leading construction company in the MENA region in a dispute against an employer to recover payments following the suspension of a large development project (exceeding AED 2.1 billion) in Abu Dhabi. The claim quantum is in excess of AED 400 million.
  • Successfully obtained a substantial arbitral award against a Dubai based semi-government entity in excess of AED 200 million. This arbitration award is significant as the case was on behalf of a leading sub-developer in a number of ‘test’ cases in relation to a multi-million Dollar dispute relating to off plan developments.
  • Acting on behalf of a construction company in disputes against by subcontractors claiming, inter alia, sums due for work done (but subject to back-to-back provisions), an extension of time and prolongation costs. The cumulative claim quantum is circa AED 300 million.
  • Acting for a leading structural steel fabrication company in the UAE, in a dispute with a main contractor in relation to the development and construction of a large retail park.
  • Acting on behalf of a construction company in an ICC arbitration to a multi-million dollar metro project in the GCC. Work included advising on strategy, interviewing witnesses and drafting witness statements and assisting drafting and reviewing all pleadings.
  • Representing leading UAE developer relating to a AED250m dispute concerning an infrastructure project in the UAE.
  • Representing a large construction company in DIAC arbitration proceedings commenced against an employer concerning the construction of a five-star hotel and resort.