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Outer Temple Chamber barristers ranked as commercial and construction law leaders in the Middle East by Legal 500 EMEA

We are delighted to share that Outer Temple Chambers and our team of barristers have yet again been ranked for our commercial and construction expertise at the English Bar in the Middle East. Legal 500 announced their 2024 EMEA results and we are proud to have been ranked as a Tier 1 set in the ‘Middle East: The English Bar: Commercial’ guide including nine barrister rankings, as well as barrister listings in the ‘Middle East: The English Bar: Construction’ guide. These rankings reflect competency in providing expert advisory and advocacy services and facilities for Contract and Commercial, Construction, Financial, Regulatory, Taxation and Trusts, Employment, and Arbitration work in the region. Outer Temple Chambers and its members have been in the Middle East for nearly 20 years and is widely…

News 9 Apr, 2024

Philip Punwar to judge Middle East Legal Awards 2024

Philip Punwar to judge Middle East Legal Awards 2024

Philip Punwar will be taking part in the judging process, for the second consecutive year in the Middle East Legal Awards 2024 on Thursday, 25 April at Conrad Dubai. The Middle East Legal Awards are the region’s premier legal awards, this being their 11th year. By recognising exceptional achievement and best practice, the awards underline the crucial role lawyers are playing in promoting the rule of law. The Awards are open to all law firms and in-house legal departments with a presence in the region to celebrate outstanding achievement within the profession. The judging process will be based on three categories: Private Practice Awards In-House Awards Awards Open To All Philip Punwar will also be attending the Awards Ceremony as…

News 2 Apr, 2024

Philip Punwar ranked as a Recommended Barrister for Commercial Litigation by Who's Who Legal 2024

Philip Punwar ranked as a Recommended Barrister for Commercial Litigation by Who’s Who Legal 2024

Philip Punwar has once again been ranked for Commercial Litigation in the UAE by Who’s Who Legal. Who’s Who Legal (WWL): Commercial Litigation identifies leading commercial litigators, expert witnesses and e-discovery experts around the world. Philip Punwar has been ranked as a ‘Recommended Barrister’ for Commercial Litigation in the UAE. WWL notes that: “Philip Punwar wins acclaim for his innovative work advising domestic and international clients on complex disputes in the finance and healthcare sectors.” To read the full list of the 2024 rankings for Commercial Litigation in the UAE, click here. Find out more Philip Punwar has over thirty years’ litigation experience. He has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in England and the Dubai International Financial…

External Publications 11 Dec, 2023

Outer Temple Chambers shortlisted at The Legal 500 MENA Awards 2024

Outer Temple Chambers shortlisted at The Legal 500 MENA Awards 2024

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for Commercial Set of the Year and Commercial Junior of the Year at the Legal 500 Middle East and North Africa Awards 2024. Outer Temple Chambers and Dr Ali Almihdar have been recognised in the Commercial category under the English Bar in the Middle East. The awards will be taking place on Thursday, 8 February 2024 at Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE. These awards reflect the competency in providing expert advisory and advocacy services and facilities under Commercial Litigation in the Middle East. Outer Temple Chambers has been in the Middle East for close to a decade and our members close to 20 years. Members have been involved in some…

News 28 Nov, 2023

Launch of Outer Temple's ADR Service

Launch of Outer Temple’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Service

Outer Temple Chambers is pleased to share our new specialist ADR wing, a separate service provided and managed, independent of our counsel work. Members of Outer Temple Chamber’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Team include Adjudicators, Arbitrators, Mediators, Expert Witness and Determiners, Early Neutral Evaluation, and Conciliation experts, all with a mixed common and civil law background. Our neutrals accept appointments across a wide range of practice areas including commercial, construction, energy and natural resources, shipping, international trade, and personal injury with experience across Europe, Middle East, US, and Asia-Pacific. For further information please contact 0207 353 6381 or email adr@outertemple.com Visit our newly launched ADR wing here.

News 10 Nov, 2023

David Russell KC and Philip Punwar published in Laws of the DIFC

David Russell KC and Philip Punwar published in The Laws of the DIFC series

David Russell KC and Philip Punwar contributed to and attended the launch of Volume 4 reissue & Volume 5 of The Laws of the DIFC on 19th October 2023 at the DIFC academy. In 2016, The Laws of the DIFC series was launched to provide a narrative statement of the Laws of the DIFC on a subject-by-subject basis in a similar way to the famous Halsbury’s Laws of England. The series is designed to ensure those familiar with other common law jurisdictions but not the DIFC can quickly establish where they can rely on their existing understanding of common law and where the position is different and those who regularly work in the DIFC have easy access to the latest…

External Publications 17 Oct, 2023

Philip Punwar published in ‘The MENA Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration’

Philip Punwar published in ‘The MENA Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration’

Philip Punwar authored Chapter 14 on Advocates and Advocacy in ‘The MENA Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration’. The MENA Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration aims to provide a unique insight into how leading arbitrators of the Middle East and North Africa approach a number of core procedural and substantive law issues in arbitrations seated in the MENA region. The title also examines specific types and industry sectors of arbitration, starting with free zone arbitration, which has made its debut in the Middle East, investment arbitration and arbitration in construction, oil and gas, maritime, and banking and finance. Chapter 14 In his chapter on Advocates and Advocacy, Philip Punwar observes: “No matter how unfamiliar they may be with a…

External Publications 17 Oct, 2023

Philip Punwar lectures on International Commercial Arbitration at AFSA in Johannesburg

Philip Punwar lectures on International Commercial Arbitration at AFSA in Johannesburg

On 19 and 20 September 2023, Philip Punwar presented his 20th annual lecture on International Commercial Arbitration at the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa in Johannesburg. The Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA) and the University of Pretoria offer legal practitioners, accountants, trade union delegates, human resources practitioners, psychologists, engineers, architects, labour practitioners and businesspeople an opportunity to develop their skills in South Africa’s ever-expanding fields of arbitration and mediation. Philip Punwar of Outer Temple Chambers, alongside Advocate Michael Kuper SC and Prof David Butler presented the specialist module on International Commercial Arbitration held from 18 – 22 September 2023. The module covered: The New York Convention and the UN Model Arbitration Law; The South African International Arbitration Act; AFSA’s…

News 2 Oct, 2023

Philip Punwar nominated to join the Court Users' Committee (CUC) in the DIFC

Philip Punwar nominated to join the Court Users’ Committee (CUC) in the DIFC

We are pleased to announce that Philip Punwar has been nominated to join the Court Users’ Committee (CUC) in the DIFC (established in 2006 and acts as a liaison between the DIFC Courts and its users). The Court Users’ Committee is an independent liaison body between the DIFC Courts and Court users, with the brief of supporting cost effective and professional service provision. Philip Punwar of Outer Temple Chambers will be part of the committee alongside fellow members Jacques Visser of DIFC Authority, Tom Montagu-Smith KC of 3 Verulam Blgs amongst others, chaired by Amna Al Owais. Find out more Philip is an English qualified practitioner with more than twenty-five years’ arbitration experience. He has been resident in Dubai since…

News 14 Jun, 2023

Philip Punwar judge at Middle East Legal Awards

Philip Punwar to join judging panel at Middle East Legal Awards 2023

Dubai based barrister and member of Outer Temple Chambers, Philip Punwar, has been invited to join the panel of judges at the Middle East Legal Awards 2023, to be held on the 18th May at Le Méridien, Dubai. The Middle East Legal Awards (MELA), now in their 11th year, are the region’s premier legal awards. The Awards are open to all law firms and in-house legal departments with a presence in the region to celebrate outstanding achievement within the profession. By recognising exceptional achievement and best practice they underline the crucial role lawyers are playing in promoting the rule of law. The Awards are sponsored by ACC (Association of Corporate Counsel) and include In House and Private Practice categories such as…

News 15 Feb, 2023

Philip Punwar is published in ‘The MENA Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration’

Philip Punwar has written a chapter on Advocacy in leading publication ‘The MENA Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration’. The MENA Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration aims to provide a unique insight into how leading arbitrators of the Middle East and North Africa approach a number of core procedural and substantive law issues in arbitrations seated in the MENA region. The publication is described as being written by a “Who’s Who” of leading arbitrators in MENA. Philip Punwar was invited to author Chapter 15; Advocacy. About the publication Apart from taking the reader through the main procedural milestones of a MENA-seated arbitration, it also deals with some of the key subjects of arbitration in the region, such as the question of…

External Publications 30 Jan, 2023

Outer Temple Chambers members to attend Dubai Arbitration Week

11 members of the Outer Temple International Team will attend Dubai Arbitration Week, (DAW 22) between 14th & 18th November 2022. Outer Temple’s; David Russell KC, Andrew Spink KC, Philip Punwar, Justina Stewart, David Holloway, Sean Yates, Peter Linstead, Stephen Doherty, Lucian ILIE, Anson Cheung, and Sam Carter will be joining delegates at this year’s Dubai Arbitration Week. Sean Yates will be speaking at a number of events throughout the week hosted by Accuracy, The Firm (Moaza Alkhadar Advocates), Trowers and Hamlins LLP and Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA). Outer Temple is also thrilled to be an event partner for the TL4FIRE Middle East 2022 conference between 13 and 15 November at the Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai. David Russell KC will be on a panel discussing the ‘The Nuances of Litigation in UAE…

News 8 Nov, 2022

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