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Construction 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Dean O'Leary is "a master of his trade" say sources, who add: "He has an intimate knowledge of the construction process, which, coupled with his unrivalled knowledge of construction law, really puts him at the top."


Dean is a Partner and Barrister and the Head of Construction at Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants in Dubai. He specialises in the resolution of construction and engineering disputes, with a particular focus on arbitration. Dean has been handling construction disputes for over 25 years. Prior to practising law in Dubai he practised as a barrister from India Buildings Chambers in England; prior to that he worked as a quantity surveyor, after a period of service in the Royal Marines. Dean moved to Dubai in 2006 and since then he has been involved in some of the biggest construction arbitrations in the region. While his primary area of practice is handling construction and engineering disputes, he also deals with disputes relating to upstream and midstream oil and gas and energy related matters. His instructions regularly call on him to represent employers, contractors, subcontractors, consultants and suppliers in mediations, adjudications (DABs), expert determinations, arbitrations and the courts. He has experience of the FIDIC, ICE (now ICC), NEC and JCT forms of contract along with many bespoke forms too. He has conducted arbitrations under the auspices of the UNCITRAL, DIAC, ADCCAC, DIFC-LCIA, QICCA, BCDR-AAA and ICC Arbitration Rules as well as numerous ad hoc arbitrations under various lex arbitri. Along with his client base in the Middle East, Dean also advises clients in the Americas, Africa and Asia. He is conversant with the substantive and procedural laws of England, the DIFC, the UAE and other civil law jurisdictions in the Middle East. As well as acting as counsel, Dean also accept appointments as an arbitrator, adjudicator or mediator.

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