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Paul Coates

Paul Coates


Paul Coates

Paul Coates heads the firm's construction disputes practice in the Middle East.

He advises on a wide range of international and investment treaty arbitrations, both on an ad hoc and institutional basis, and has experience of advising on the rules of many of the major institutions, including the DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, LCIA, ICC, LMAA, AAA and ICSID.

Paul's work spans many jurisdictions and economic sectors, with a particular focus on disputes arising out of large-scale construction and energy projects. He is also a member of the DIFC Court's Arbitration Working Group.

  • Advising an international energy company in respect of claims arising out of an offshore windfarm construction project (ICC arbitration).
  • Advising a National Oil Company in relation to disputes arising out of several major oil & gas projects, including a major refinery upgrade.
  • Advising a global real estate fund in relation to disputes arising out of an investment project in Russia (LCIA arbitration).
  • Advising an international oil & gas company in respect of claims arising out of a contract for the drilling and completion of a number of oil wells in Iraq (ICC arbitration).

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Career and qualifications

  • University of Nottingham / University of Queensland (LLB) 2004
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2005
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2007
  • Higher Rights of Audience 2014
  • Partner since 2018

Professional bodies

  • Society of Construction Law
  • LCIA Young International Arbitrators Group
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators