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Greg Sibbald


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

Greg is a Partner within the CMS Infrastructure, Construction and Energy (ICE) Disputes team, based in Dubai. 

He works on large scale commercial disputes with a focus on engineering and construction disputes across the Middle East. He is ranked in the Legal 500 MENA as a “Rising Star” in Construction and has worked in resolving disputes in relation to some of the region’s largest infrastructure projects in arbitrations under DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, UNCITRAL and the ICC as well as in relation to local court proceedings and other forms of ADR. 

He also acts as project counsel primarily for contractors throughout the duration of their projects in order to mitigate risk and to resolve disputes at an early stage. 

Greg also regularly acts on behalf of clients in resolving general commercial disputes and in doing so works with local advocates in order to represent clients in local court proceeding.

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Relevant experience

  • A government entity in defending a final account claim under the DIAC Rules in relation to an international airport terminal in the UAE.
  • An international contractor in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration in relation to failures in a dewatering system constructed as part of the enabling works package in a large residential development in the UAE.
  • An oil & gas contractor in relation to ongoing disputes arising at a brown field offshore oil producing facility of the coast of the UAE.
  • Project counsel for an international contractor in relation to various projects in the UAE including hotels, malls and office developments.
  • An international contractor in relation to a final account dispute arising out of the design and construction of infrastructure works for a theme park development in the UAE. 
  • An international contractor in various disputes in Oman for delay and associated costs in a number of major infrastructure projects, including Ministry projects, under both bespoke and the ICC Rules of Arbitration. 
  • A Chinese contractor regarding a termination claim under an EPC contract in relation to an onshore oil and gas terminal in Oman. 
  • A US based engineering consultancy firm in relation to defect claims in connection with a wastewater development in Oman. 
  • A contractor in relation to a dispute arising out of a EPC contract in relation to a gas compression and produced water transfer system in Oman. 
  • A dispute between two joint venture parties in relation to an EPC contract in connection with a power process plant in KSA. 
  • A Chinese contractor in relation to the negotiation of a FIDIC based contract regarding the construction of a large infrastructure project in Egypt. 
  • A Project Co in various disputes with a healthcare trust, building contractor and facilities and maintenance provider under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract in the UK.
  • A public sector client in defending two high value adjudications by a main contractor in relation to two road projects in the UK.
  • Various contractors in relation to construction disputes in the UK.
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2008 - Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, the Glasgow Graduate School of Law, Glasgow.

2007 - LLB Hons, University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

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