Philip Punwar is recognised as one of the leading arbitration counsel in the Middle East and as an expert in the Laws of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). He is an experienced arbitrator and advocate who regularly assembles and leads interdisciplinary teams of professionals in the prosecution and defence of high value disputes.

Philip has real expertise when it comes to international arbitration…He is very reasonable to deal with and very straightforward

Chambers Global 2022, UAE – Dispute Resolution

Philip was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1989. After establishing a successful civil and commercial practice from Chambers in London he moved to Dubai, where in 2006 he became the first lawyer in the UAE to be admitted to the DIFC Courts register of advocates. Since 2009, he has led the Middle East disputes practice of two successive US laws firms.

Philip is always willing to engage and debate on any related issues and share his knowledge and experience to the benefit of everyone in the team. He is also a formidable advocate.

Legal 500 EMEA 2021, UAE: Dispute Resolution

Philip has represented clients before most major arbitral institutions, as well as in ad hoc proceedings. His recent arbitral engagements have concerned real-estate Mega Projects in the Gulf, investment treaty claims arising out of the MENA and South Asia regions, aircraft charter agreements, concession agreements in the water sector and technology disputes in the finance and healthcare sectors.

Clients appreciate that “he is incredibly knowledgeable and has a knack for zeroing in on the important points,” adding: “His cross-examination skills are excellent.” Chambers Global 2021, UAE – Dispute Resolution.

In 2014, Philip was the first DIFC Courts practitioner to be appointed by the DIFC Courts to the role of Supervising Legal Representative (SLR). In 2018, he was appointed by the DIFC Courts to oversee the execution of the Search Order granted to the Danish Customs and Tax Authority (SKAT). Philip is ranked as a Leading Individual in Chambers Global (2009-2022).

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