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Courtney Rothery

Courtney Rothery

Gowling WLG

Courtney is a construction and engineering disputes specialist who has worked in Dubai since 2008. She is experienced in advising on complex technical disputes and has acted on several large arbitrations concerning high-profile projects in the Middle East. She has extensive experience of domestic and international arbitration rules and UAE Court proceedings. She advises and represents developers and major local and international contractors and subcontractors.

Where arbitration is the only option Courtney is able to steer clients through the rules and procedures for domestic and international arbitrations of all the major arbitration institutions. Courtney also has experience of ad hoc (i.e. non-institutional) arbitrations.


Ranked as a Notable Practitioner in the Construction Disputes section of Chambers Global Guide 2017 Courtney Rothery is "a rising star who has spent several years building up her UAE profile. She often advises both local and domestic contractors and subcontractors on construction and engineering disputes".

Ranked as an 'Associate to watch' in the Construction Disputes section of Chambers Global, 2016. Courtney is described by sources as "fantastic to work with and an extremely hard worker." She is a construction disputes specialist who has experience working with contractors and subcontractors on a number of large arbitrations in the region.

"Courtney Rothery has 'a great capacity for complex situations' and is 'very professional in her approach'".

The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa; UAE Construction recommended Law firms

Sources describe Courtney Rothery as "exceptionally hard-working, clients like her very much." Commentators add that she is "very diligent" and "has a good eye for detail." - Chambers and Partners.


  • Successfully represented a main international contractor who was the Respondent in a complex ICC arbitration involving claims and counterclaims worth US$150 Million relating to the construction of one of Saudi Arabia's most renowned projects. The case settled on very good terms for our client after the first week of evidence in a two week hearing in London.
  • Successfully securing a final award in a DIAC arbitration on behalf of an international contracting client. Courtney represented the claimant whose claims were vigorously defended by the respondent, who also counterclaimed. The case involved a number of interim applications and concluded with a five-day hearing in Dubai. The claimant was successful in all of its claims and was awarded sums in respect of prolongation costs, variations, retention, interest and a significant sum in respect of legal costs. The client was very pleased with the final award and there is nothing more important than a very pleased client.
  • Successfully representing a State owned entity in an ICC arbitration relating to an oil and gas production contract in the UAE. The case involved issues relating to misrepresentation, breach of contract and wrongful termination. The claims and counterclaims totalled approximately US$38 million.
  • Successfully representing an international roofing engineering and construction contractor as claimant in a DIAC arbitration concerning an installation at Dubai International Airport. The respondent was a high-profile regional contractor. The final award was issued in favour of our client included a significant award for costs.
  • Representing a well-known developer in a real estate arbitration in DIAC with one of the largest licensing authorities in Dubai.
  • Successfully representing a high-profile international contractor in English High Court proceedings and an ICC arbitration concerning a contract for work on a landmark energy research institute in Riyadh Saudi Arabia which involves issues relating to breach of contract, defects, contra-charges, delays, design and termination. The claims and counterclaims are valued at over US$150 million.
  • Successfully defended a state owned oil and gas company in an ICC arbitration which was commenced by the Government of Al Fujairah.
  • Advising a major Dubai based developer on a dispute relating to one of Dubai's tallest commercial buildings located within the Business Bay district of Dubai.
  • Advising an international contractor on a number of disputes relating to a contract for the substructure /foundation works for a five star hotel in Abu Dhabi.
  • Advising an international contractor in respect of its contract for works on the Abu Dhabi Midfield Airport Terminal Building.
  • Advising a leading road and civil engineering contractor in respect of its claims against a government entity and concerning a contract for the construction of a major road system in Dubai. The case involves issues relating to defective design and workmanship, and claims for extension of time, prolongation costs and variations.
  • Advising a prominent Abu Dhabi based contractor on three of its disputed projects in Dubai.
  • Advising a leading local contractor in respect of its claims against a government entity concerning a contract for the construction of a recreational facility for the Crown Prince of Dubai. Providing ongoing advice in respect of issues concerning incomplete design and specifications, defective workmanship, nominated subcontractors and on claims for variations, extension of time and prolongation costs. The claims are valued at AED50 million.

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