Suzannah Newboult

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International and Global Board Member
Suzannah Newboult is an excellent partner who is cool under pressure and great with clients.
Client, The Legal 500 EMEA 2021
About

Suzannah has over 17 years’ experience of resolving international construction and engineering disputes through arbitration, litigation and adjudications as well as mediation and negotiations.

She has been based in the Middle East for over half of her career. Her clients include contractors and engineering companies, consultants, developers, financial institutions, end users and government bodies. She typically assists clients in resolving disputes that are based on FIDIC or bespoke contracts.

Suzannah sits on the Market Advisory Panel of the RICS in Middle East and North Africa. She is well known as a thought leader and industry commentator for the construction industry and regularly speaks at events across the GCC, in Korea and in Japan. She is also a judge for MEED Projects Awards and the MEED Awards.

Suzannah was involved in the steering committee for the drafting and setting up of QConstruct, an adjudication mechanism for construction disputes in Qatar overseen by the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre. She also represented the Construction Client Group arm of Constructing Excellence in the consultation for amendments to the 'Construction Act' in England and Wales.

Suzannah frequently writes for publications including The Legal 500, The Edge, Construction Law, Gulf Times, Qatar Construction Sites and the Peninsular.

Professional QualificationsSolicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

Highlights

EXPERIENCE

Suzannah's experience includes acting for:

  • A UK contractor in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration in the education sector
  • A Dutch company in an ad-hoc arbitration in KSA in the oil and gas sector
  • A Korean contractor in an ICC arbitration seated in the UAE in respect of a JV dispute relating to a water storage facility in Abu Dhabi
  • An English contracting company in a dispute over the construction of a hospital project in KSA
  • A major Middle Eastern based contractor in respect of a USD600 million dispute in relation to a gas plant in Qatar; subject to Swiss law and ICC arbitration seated in Geneva
  • A major Middle Eastern based contractor in respect of a USD100 million dispute in relation to a gas plant in KSA; subject to English law and ICC arbitration seated in Geneva
  • An Indian Developer in a DIFC arbitration in the residential sector
  • A South African company in a construction arbitration under DIAC rules
  • A major Middle Eastern based contractor in respect of a USD300 million dispute in relation to a sports stadium in Qatar
  • A Korean contractor in a dispute with the developer and various sub-contractors in relation to the construction of a landmark leisure project in Dubai
Education
  • University of Wales, LLB (Hons)
  • Cardiff Law School, Legal Practice Course (Distinction)
  • Nottingham Trent University, Post-Graduate Diploma in Advanced Litigation

Awards and recognition

  • Leading individual, Construction, United Arab Emirates, The Legal 500 EMEA 2022
  • Recommended lawyer, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and International Litigation, United Arab Emirates and Dispute Resolution, Saudi Arabia, The Legal 500 EMEA 2022
  • Ranked lawyer, Construction: Dispute Resolution, United Arab Emirates, Chambers Global 2022

Publications

  • The A to Z of Construction Law in the UAE
  • The A to Z of Construction Law in Qatar
  • Contributor to Women, Business and the Law 2020, World Bank Group
  • Suzannah frequently writes for other publications including The Legal 500, The Edge, Construction Law, Gulf Times, Qatar Construction Sites and the Peninsular

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