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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 advises on commercial disputes with a focus on engineering and construction disputes across the Middle East including the UAE, Oman and the KSA. He is recognised in the Legal 500 EMEA as a “Leading Individual” in Construction. 

Greg has assisted clients in resolving disputes in relation to some of the region’s largest infrastructure projects in arbitrations under DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ADCCAC and the ICC as well as in relation to local court proceedings and other forms of dispute resolution. 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 (non construction and engineering) and in doing so works with local advocates in order to represent clients in local court proceedings.

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Relevant experience

  • A contractor in relation to claims arising out of a metro project in the KSA. 
  • A dispute between two joint venture parties in relation to an EPC contract in connection with a power process plant in the KSA.
  • Project counsel for a joint venture in relation to the construction of a railway in the UAE. 
  • A government entity in defending a final account claim in a DIAC arbitration in relation to an international airport terminal in the UAE.
  • A design consultant in defending claims arising out of a fire at a high-rise hotel in the UAE. 
  • A contractor in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration in relation to failures in a dewatering system constructed as part of the enabling works package of a large residential development in the UAE.
  • Project counsel for an international contractor in relation to various projects in the UAE including hotels, malls and office developments.
  • A contractor in relation to a final account dispute arising out of the design and construction of the infrastructure works for a theme park development in the UAE. 
  • A contractor in various disputes in Oman for delay and associated costs in a number of major infrastructure projects, including Ministry projects. 
  • A contractor regarding a termination claim under an EPC contract in relation to an onshore oil and gas terminal in Oman. 
  • An engineering consultancy firm in relation to a defects claim in connection with a wastewater development in Oman. 
  • A contractor in relation to disputes arising out of an EPC contract in relation to a gas compression and produced water transfer system in Oman. 
  • A contractor in relation to the negotiation of a FIDIC based contract regarding the construction of a large infrastructure project in Egypt. 
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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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The DI­AC / LCIA joint state­ment 
In­tro­duc­tion As re­por­ted pre­vi­ously (here), as a res­ult of De­cree No. 34 of 2021 (the “De­cree”) the DI­FC-LCIA[1] Ar­bit­ra­tion Centre was ab­ol­ished as part of the con­sol­id­a­tion of DI­AC[2] as the sole...
The DI­AC Rules 2022
In­tro­duc­tion Fol­low­ing the con­sol­id­a­tion of the Dubai In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion Centre (“DI­AC”) as the sole ar­bit­ra­tion centre in Dubai (as re­por­ted here), a new set of ar­bit­ral rules was pub­lished...
In­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion law and rules in United Ar­ab Emir­ates
Ar­bit­ra­tion is be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar meth­od of dis­pute res­ol­u­tion in the UAE, par­tic­u­larly amongst the in­ter­na­tion­al com­munity. The UAE's Ar­bit­ra­tion Law has provided a much-needed up­date to...
DI­AC takes it all: the in­teg­ra­tion of Dubai’s ar­bit­ra­tion in­sti­tu­tions
In­tro­duc­tion On 14 Septem­ber 2021 De­cree No. 34 of 2021 (the “De­cree”) was is­sued in Dubai in re­spect of the Dubai In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion Centre (“DI­AC”); com­ing in­to force on 20 Septem­ber...
Ir­aq Law up­date: Ac­ces­sion to The New York Con­ven­tion on the Re­cog­ni­tion...
The Par­lia­ment of the Re­pub­lic of Ir­aq rat­i­fied on 4 March 2021 the long-awaited law on the ac­ces­sion of Ir­aq to The New York Con­ven­tion on the Re­cog­ni­tion and En­force­ment of For­eign Ar­bit­ral Awards (the...
Law and reg­u­la­tion of con­sequen­tial dam­ages clauses in the en­ergy sec­tor...
1. Do the words “con­sequen­tial loss” have a giv­en mean­ing in law? The term is not defined un­der UAE law and is not treated con­sist­ently as a leg­al concept. In this re­gard, UAE law dis­tin­guishes...
King­dom of Saudi Ar­a­bia: The re­cent Su­preme Court De­cision on con­tracts...
The Gen­er­al As­sembly of the Su­preme Court of Saudi Ar­a­bia, the highest ap­peal court in the King­dom, re­cently pub­lished a de­cision (No. M/45/M dated 08/05/1442AH) set­ting out ju­di­cial prin­ciples to be...
Build­ing law and reg­u­la­tion in Saudi Ar­a­bia dur­ing Cov­id-19
Up­dated 23.04.2020The King­dom of Saudi Ar­a­bia Gov­ern­ment has been agile and re­spons­ive on many fronts to re­duce the im­pact of pre­cau­tion­ary ac­tions taken in re­la­tion to the COV­ID 19 pan­dem­ic. All re­sponses...
Ar­bit­ra­tion in the UAE: curbs on the award­ing of leg­al costs
In­tro­duc­tion As de­tailed in our pre­vi­ous Law Now (avail­able here) the UAE’s new ar­bit­ra­tion law (Fed­er­al Law No. 6 of 2018) (the “Ar­bit­ra­tion Law”) was im­ple­men­ted in June 2018 and brought a de­gree...
Ad­verse weath­er con­di­tions in the UAE – what can be claimed? 
The UAE has re­cently faced thun­der­storms and per­sist­ent heavy rain, res­ult­ing in red alerts be­ing is­sued by the Na­tion­al Centre of Met­eor­o­logy. Con­sequently, a num­ber of UAE con­struc­tion pro­jects have...