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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, 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 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, ADCCAC and DIFC Courts)
  • Representing a publicly listed foreign company in a claim arising out of a proposed residential/commercial property development in the Emirate of Ajman (DIAC)
  • Representing an international telecommunications company in disputes relating to the provisions of advisory services (DIFC-LCIA)
  • Representing a Qatari entity in a commercial dispute in ad hoc arbitration proceedings in Qatar (UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Representing a foreign company in disputes against local entities for hotel management services rendered in the Emirates of Dubai and Fujairah (ICC)
  • Representing UAE-based clients in claims arising out of shareholders’ agreements relating to both UAE onshore companies and foreign companies (DIAC)
  • Representing UAE-based clients in claims arising out of commercial agreements containing non-solicitation, non-compete and confidentiality provisions (DIAC, DIFC Courts)