The DIFC Mandatory courses draw upon the expertise of the DIFC Academy of Law specialists on DIFC Laws. This 2-hour lecture will benefit DIFC registered practitioners, other lawyers and in-house counsels who would like an overview of the DIFC Contract Law. 2 DIFC Mandatory/ Accredited CLPD points will be awarded upon completion of this course.
Barrister - Outer Temple Chambers
Philip Punwar is an English qualified practitioner with more than twenty-five years’ arbitration experience. During the course of his practice in the UAE, Philip has been leading counsel in multi-million and multi-billion US dollar arbitrations.
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.
Philip has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in England and the Dubai International Financial Centre, up to and including the Courts of Appeal of each jurisdiction. He was the first practitioner resident in the UAE to be registered as a DIFC Courts advocate, and the first DIFC Courts practitioner to be appointed by the DIFC Courts to the role of Supervising Legal Representative (SLR).
Philip has significant experience of the laws and practices of both civil and common law jurisdictions gained as counsel and arbitrator in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has a proven ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and when necessary to assemble and lead interdisciplinary teams of geographically dispersed professionals in the prosecution and defence of complex and high value disputes.
Based in Dubai, UAE, Sean specialises in international arbitration and civil and commercial litigation with a focus on construction and infrastructure, real estate, energy and natural resource disputes. More widely, Sean has experience in employment, fraud and regulatory, as well as substantial experience in the tourism, leisure and entertainment sectors.
Sean is a member of Inner Temple and practised before the courts of England and Wales for ten years before relocating to Dubai. He acted as General Counsel for several years before returning to practise in Chambers.
He has experience in both common law and civil law disciplines and can advise on both international and local law matters in the UAE.
Sean is a Fellow of the Certified Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and was appointed to the UAE CIArb Branch Committee in 2022. Sean is registered as an arbitrator with Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) and the Tashkent International Arbitration Centre (TIAC) and has recently received an arbitral appointment under an arbitration administered by the DIAC. Select