Charlotte Bijlani
Partner, Dispute Resolution


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Charlotte is a Partner in the dispute resolution team based in Dubai.

Charlotte is a dispute resolution lawyer with extensive experience in international arbitration and litigation. She has full rights of audience before both the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) courts and the higher courts of England and Wales.

She has extensive experience of arbitral proceedings under a number of arbitral rules including ADCCAC, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ICC and LCIA. Charlotte also regularly sits as an arbitrator.

She regularly acts for employers, contractors and funders in construction and engineering disputes across the Middle East, as well as major corporates, developers, investors, financial institutions and high net worth individuals in connection with joint venture, contractual and enforcement matters.

Charlotte has been described by Legal 500 as a “superb litigator”, a “rising star”, an “outstanding operator” as “strategically-minded” and says that she provides “an unrivalled combination of dedication and shrewdness”. Chambers UK/Global describes Charlotte as “impressive, very professional, very approachable and very proactive”, and as a “very, very pleasant lawyer who knows her stuff.”

Experience Open

    Charlotte’s experience includes advising:
    Middle East experience
    • In relation to various matters concerning the Louvre, Abu Dhabi and the development of Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi.
    • A UAE government entity in connection with a high value complex joint venture dispute with LCIA arbitration proceedings seated in London and connected court proceedings in Cyprus and Russia.
    • A leading oil and gas service provider in connection with ICC arbitration proceedings in relation to a major construction project in Abu Dhabi.
    • In connection with disputes arising from delays to the Barakah nuclear energy project in Abu Dhabi.
    • The Dubai Financial Services Authority in connection with insolvency proceedings in the DIFC courts in relation to ES Bankers (Dubai) Ltd, part of the Portuguese Espirito Santo Financial Group.

Education Open

  • 1996 – 1997: College of Law, London – Legal Practice Course
  • 1993 – 1996: City University – Business Law LLB (Hons), 2:1

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Seminar on Construction Disputes with Keating Chambers and PWC, Key Speaker – October 2014.
  • CIArb Branch International Conference on Guerilla Tactics in Arbitration.
  • Seminar on effective contract management in the Middle East, Key Speaker – September 2015.
  • Client briefing on the impact of falling oil prices on Middle Eastern projects, March 2015.
  • Client briefing: Capita v Drivers Jonas – valuers hit by multi-million pound negligence claims, March 2013.
  • Client briefing: DIFC approach to enforcement of judgments by converting them to arbitral awards.

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Solicitor, qualified in England and Wales
  • Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates
  • Registered in DIFC courts Register of Legal Practitioners with full rights of audience
  • Appointed to the Committee of the Society of Construction Law (Gulf)
  • LCIA Arab Users’ Council

Employment Record Open

  • 2018 – present: Partner, Watson Farley & Williams
  • 2016 – 2017: Partner, Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla
  • 2011 – 2016: Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • 2010 – 2011: Of Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright

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