Insights / News


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 Legal Department of the Year, General Counsel of the Year, Rising Stars, Diversity Awards and a number of sector specific awards. Philip will join a panel of 18 judges including Jacques Visser, Chief Legal Officer of the DIFC and Duncan Wood, Legal Counsel at The Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department.

More about Middle East Legal Awards

Find out more about the event, categories and join the evening at:

Middle East Legal Awards 2023 Judging Panel

The full judging panel is below:

  • Philip Punwar, Barrister & Chartered Arbitrator at Outer Temple Chambers
  • Jacques Visser, Chief Legal Officer at DIFC
  • Duncan Wood, Legal Counsel at The Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department
  • Tenia Kyriazi, Head of Law & Politics at Middlesex University Dubai
  • Elizabeth Williamson, Director – Employment Law Asia Pacific, Africa and Middle East at Accenture
  • Vanessa Abernethy, General Counsel
  • Michelle Ancona, Legal Advisor, Rheinmetall Barzan Advanced Technologies
  • Nabil Azar, Legal Advisor to W Motors
  • Craig Brook, Senior Counsel, Chevron
  • Bapsy Dastur, General Counsel at VFS Global
  • Wafa Derouiche, Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer at TE Connectivity
  • Mohamed El-mogy, Regional Lead Counsel at Siemens Energy
  • Yosr Hamza, Director, Legal & Compliance, Middle East, at Gartner
  • Arwa Hassan, Communications Specialist at Good Governance Cluster GIZ German International Development Cooperation
  • Victor Leginsky, International Arbitrator & Mediator at Arbitralis
  • Masha Musika, Company Secretary at Asteco Property Management
  • Firas Oggar, General Counsel at Zain Group
  • Meltem Ozker Gunduz, Legal, Compliance & Quality Operations, Region Asia Pacific at Novo Nordisk

Find out more about Philip Punwar

Philip Punwar is an English qualified practitioner with more than twenty-five years’ arbitration experience. He has been resident in Dubai since 2005 and received his Dubai Golden Visa in 2021. During the course of his practice in the UAE, Philip has been leading counsel in multi-million and multi-billion US dollar arbitrations. He has acted as sole, party nominated and presiding arbitrator in ad hoc, ICC, DIAC and LCIA arbitrations seated in the Middle East and Europe. He is a DIFC Courts advocate, and was the first DIFC Courts practitioner to be appointed by the DIFC Courts to the role of Supervising Legal Representative (SLR). He is a member of the Abu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM) Panel of Arbitrators and the International Panel of the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA).

Philip has also 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.

News 15 Feb, 2023


Philip Punwar

Call: 1989

Portfolio Builder

Select the expertise that you would like to download or add to the portfolio

Download    Add to portfolio   
Title Type CV Email

Remove All


Click here to share this shortlist.
(It will expire after 30 days.)