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Philip Punwar

Philip Punwar

Baker Botts LLPEmaar SquareBuilding 6, 7th FloorDubaiUnited Arab EmiratesPO Box 23425
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Global Leader

Arbitration 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Philip Punwar draws praise for his "very strong arbitration practice in the Middle East" as well as his specialist expertise in disputes arising from the UAE. 


Philip Punwar is a partner in the international arbitration and dispute resolution group of Baker Botts LLP. He has been resident in the United Arab Emirates since 2005.

Philip is a UK national. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in 1989 and elected a Master of the Bench in 2013. In addition to being a practising barrister, he is a chartered arbitrator (CIArb) and accredited mediator (CEDR).

Philip’s recent arbitrations (either as counsel or as arbitrator) have involved disputes arising out of aircraft charter agreements, agreements for the provision of armed security and logistics in areas of conflict, construction agreements, real estate development agreements, operating agreements, distribution agreements and treaty-protected foreign investment agreements.

Philip has been involved in a number of initiatives relating to arbitration in Dubai and the wider United Arab Emirates. From 2007 to 2008 he worked with the Federal Ministry of Economy on the production of the 2008 draft Federal Arbitration Law. During this same period, he was also a member of the Dubai International Financial Centre's 2008 arbitration law steering committee.

Philip has lectured annually on international commercial arbitration for the University of Pretoria and the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA) since 2003, and for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 2006. He is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR.

Philip holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Birmingham and postgraduate degrees from City University and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.

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