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Jennifer Paterson

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Jennifer Paterson is a counsel in the International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution team of the firm’s Dubai office, based in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Ms. Paterson regularly advises and represents both UAE-based and international clients in a wide range of commercial disputes. She has experience advising and representing clients in local and international arbitration proceedings administered by all of the major arbitration centers, including the ICC, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, and ADCCAC, as well as ad hoc proceedings. Ms. Paterson has full rights of audience before the DIFC Courts and the Courts of England and Wales. She also works closely with local counsel in respect of litigation pending before the UAE Courts.

Ms. Paterson has been instructed as trial counsel in a broad range of contested matters, including complex commercial contracts, oil and gas, construction, real estate, insurance and employment disputes. She has also been instructed by the UK Financial Services Authority and the UK Serious Fraud Office in a number of complex fraud investigations.

In addition to being able to navigate complex disputes in a variety of local and international forums, Ms. Paterson has experience enforcing local arbitration awards (seated in the UAE and DIFC) overseas, as well as enforcing foreign arbitration awards in the UAE.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Paterson worked as a dispute resolution associate for another firm in the Dubai International Financial Centre. She started her legal career as a self-employed barrister in London.

  • Representing the Saudi Arabian subsidiary of a leading Spanish manufacturer in a dispute against a major multinational construction joint venture in which multiple complex claims and counterclaims were asserted of a total value in excess of US$40 million (ICC arbitration)
  • Representing a Qatari sub-contractor in a dispute regarding the wrongful termination of the sub-contract and claims for monetary damages (DIAC arbitration)
  • Representing the owner of the largest refinery in Libya in connection with disputes with its crude oil supplier and breaches of a Feedstock Supply Agreement (ICC arbitration)
  • Representing an Emirati conglomerate against its co-venturer with respect to disputes and breaches of a Shareholders’ Agreement relating to the ownership and control of an oil refinery in Libya (ICC arbitration)
  • Representing a financial advisory company in disputes arising out of a contact to raise finance for a US$355 million real estate project in Beirut, Lebanon (DIFC-LCIA arbitration)
  • Representing an international telecommunications company in a cross-border dispute with its professional advisory firm, including proceedings before the LCIA Court to determine the arbitration seat and proceedings in the DIFC courts for interim relief (DIFC-LCIA arbitration)
  • Defending a UAE company against claims asserted in two Ras Al Khaimah civil court actions, a criminal court action, and an arbitration, in respect of allegations of fraud concerning the quality of processed tobacco, claims for unpaid invoices and losses arising from the procurement of raw materials (UAE courts and DIFC-LCIA arbitration)
  • Representing developers in their disputes with off-plan investors in relation to various residential, commercial and mixed-use projects throughout the Emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi (DIAC and ADCCAC arbitrations, and DIFC Courts)
  • Representing a publicly listed foreign company in a claim arising out of an abandoned residential/commercial property development in the Emirate of Ajman (DIAC arbitration)
  • Advising a Dubai-based hotel operator regarding the termination of a hotel management agreement as a result of material breaches (favourably resolved prior to arbitration)
  • Representing senior executives in connection with claims of alleged disclosure of confidential information belonging to former employer and breaches of non-compete and non-solicitation provisions (DIAC arbitration and DIFC courts)
  • Advising and representing a UAE entity in a Fujairah civil court action and related criminal proceedings arising out of an unlawful administrative decision taken by the Municipality (UAE courts)