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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

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Sanjay Patel is top-notch practitioner credited with a “careful and hard-working approach” in his international practice.

Biography

Sanjay is a commercial barrister at 4 Pump Court and specialises in construction and general commercial disputes.

Sanjay often acts in multimillion-dollar infrastructure disputes and particularly enjoys highly technical litigation and arbitrations. Recently Sanjay acted as sole counsel for a successful main contractor in a construction all risks coverage dispute, valued at over US$50 million, concerning the corrosion of steel pipeline sections. The arbitration involved cross-examination on the chemistry behind corrosion. Recent experience also includes disputes concerning the systems engineering for a European tram network, the termination of an EPC contract relating to an energy-from-waste facility and delayed construction of a large power plant in the Middle East.

Sanjay has regularly acted in arbitration and litigation in the Middle East, both as sole counsel and as a junior. Recent experience includes a dispute concerning the construction of one of the largest stadiums in the region, a matter relating to the termination provisions of a downstream petroleum joint venture and a matter in the Qatar International Court concerning the validity of a call on a performance bond. Sanjay has also acted in an arbitration concerning whether terrorist activity amounted to force majeure under a construction contract.

The international focus of Sanjay’s practice means that he has argued cases governed by a number of different legal systems and has experience of acting in ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, DIAC and ad hoc arbitrations. He is currently instructed as sole counsel for a sovereign state in a dispute valued at over US$100 million, and is a member of the UK Attorney-General’s B Panel of Counsel for commercial and construction cases concerning the British government.

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