Louise Bowmaker

Barrister (Legal Consultant)

CONTACT +971 4 354 4444

Louise is a barrister in our arbitration team who specialises in complex commercial and civil disputes, arbitration and litigation. She regularly advises a number of the UAE’s most important organisations as well as large internationals, including property developers in the UAE real estate market.

Louise is highly thought of in the market and is regularly commended for her ability to give clear and practical advice on complicated jurisdictional, procedural and substantive issues that can often arise in high value arbitrations.

Qualified in England and Wales, Louise has extensive knowledge of global arbitration institutions and regularly appears before ADCCAC, ICC, DIFC-LCIA and DIAC. In addition, she is only one of three laws at Horizons with full rights of audience at both the ADGM and the DIFC Courts.

Louise studied law at the University of Cambridge and has a Masters degree in Commercial Law. She is a contributor to Butterworth’s Property Insolvency, 2015, and a contributor to the Landlord and Tenant Factbook (Sweet and Maxwell).

Louise's recent experience includes advising:

  • A major property investment and development company in a AED800m DIAC arbitration against a semi-government owned master developer, relating to an infrastructure development in the UAE. The crux of the dispute between the parties lies in the Master Developer’s project wide failure to provide the minimum required infrastructure to enable the Sub-developer to commence construction; and the sub-developer ceasing to make further payments to the purchase price of the plot in response to it being prevented from proceeding with its development plans. The proceedings are ongoing.

  • A major Middle East-based EPC contractor in a AED454m ADCCAC arbitration in relating to delays and disruption by the employer, a GCC government entity. The claims brought by our client are of a technical nature and relate to extension of time for completion, prolongation costs, disruption and disputed variation valuation packages. We are also defending against a major counterclaim for liquidated damages.

  • A multi-national construction joint venture in relation a US$multi-million dispute concerning a major infrastructure project in the Middle East under ICC arbitration rules. The case centres on the express agreement between parties that the sub-contractor would be entitled to payment by the employer once the works have been completed. We have initiated proceedings against the Employer for payment and are claiming for the outstanding amount due to our client.

  • A multi-national construction joint venture in an ICC arbitration to a multi-million dollar metro project in the GCC. Under four separate subcontract agreements, the Claimant is attempting to recover payment, from our client, of retention money due to payment of variation works and outstanding payment for certified works.

  • A major UAE construction contractor in DIFC-LCIA arbitration proceedings brought against a major property developer, relating to a mixed-use development in the UAE. The dispute involved claims relating to extension of time for completion, time for completion, payment certifications and retention money in total amounting to AED63.5m.

  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Civil & commercial disputes
  • Construction disputes
  • Property & real estate
  • Insolvency
  • Financial services and banking
  • Company law

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