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Courtney Rothery

Courtney Rothery

Legal Director

Level 15 Burj Daman
Dubai International Financial Centre
PO Box 506873
United Arab Emirates
Languages English

Courtney is a Legal Director in the Infrastructure, Construction & Energy (ICE) disputes team based in Dubai. She has worked in Dubai since October 2008 specialising in international arbitration and construction disputes since 2010. Courtney has strong experience of acting on a range of disputes particularly construction industry claims for time and money, variations, defective work, incomplete design and wrongful termination on major construction and infrastructure projects.

Her experience includes representing main contractors and subcontractors as claimants and respondents in complex arbitrations concerning high-profile projects in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Courtney has also acted as Project Counsel supporting clients throughout the day to day execution of the works on a number of projects, most recently, for a subcontractor working on a major infrastructure project in the UAE and a Dubai government entity constructing part of an offshore wind farm grid connection.

As a disputes specialist, Courtney regularly advises on general commercial disputes and enforcement prospects and project manages the work carried out by local advocates in onshore court proceedings. 

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Relevant experience

  • A regional contractor in an ICC arbitration related to the construction of an Energy Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The case involved issues relating to breach of contract, ownership of the proprietary design for the works, delays and disruption, defects, repudiation and termination.
  • A state-owned entity who was the Respondent in an ICC arbitration commenced by a UAE Government. The arbitration concerned an Oil and Gas exploration and production sharing contract and involved issues relating to breach of contract, misrepresentation and termination.
  • An international subcontractor who was the Claimant in a DIAC arbitration concerning a major subcontract for works at a UAE International Airport. The Respondent was a large regional contractor. The arbitration involved a complex claim for an extension of time and associated prolongation costs and variations.
  • A Dubai based developer on a number of claims relating to the construction of one of Dubai's tallest commercial buildings located within the Business Bay district of Dubai. 
  • A specialist international subcontractor in relation to a range of disputes in respect of works on a GCC regional International Airport.
  • A local contractor in respect of its claims against a government entity relating to the construction of a high-profile recreational facility in Dubai.  The claims arose from a technical dispute and involved issues concerning; defective design and specifications, defective workmanship and claims for variations, an extension of time and prolongation costs.
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2005 - LLB Hons, Northumbria University, Northumbria.

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