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James Foster
Partner

Speaks: English, French, German

Qualified: 1981 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary Office: Dubai

James Foster

James Foster is a partner in our Dubai office and leads our construction disputes practice in the Middle East. He has specialised in contentious construction work for over 25 years and is consistently ranked as one of the leading construction disputes lawyers in the region by the Chambers Global Guide. He acts for domestic and international contractors and developers involved with high value infrastructure and development schemes throughout the Middle East.

During his career James has worked on some of the world's most challenging construction projects in major commercial hubs such as Dubai and Hong Kong and in rapidly developing markets as diverse as Saudi Arabia and Vietnam.

James draws on his experience to help clients navigate the complexities of major projects and avoid the pitfalls of unfamiliar legal and regulatory environments. Where disputes do arise, he has the expertise to bring matters to a quick and cost effective conclusion, based on his years of experience of international arbitration and litigation in a wide variety of different countries and legal systems.

James is Vice-President of the Society of Construction Law (Gulf) and so is at the forefront of contemporary legal issues in construction in the Middle East.

Experience

James has significant experience of resolving construction disputes in the Middle East, particularly through arbitration. By way of example he has been involved in disputes on the following projects:

  • A major office development in a Dubai Free Zone for a UAE developer.
  • A mixed villas and apartments development in Dubai for an Asian contractor.
  • An underground waste collection system on a residential, commercial and sporting project in the UAE for a European contractor.
  • A strategic road system in Dubai for a major local contractor.
  • Dubai International Airport for an international roofing engineering and construction contractor.
  • A major stadium project in Dubai for a leading international contractor.
  • A leading research centre project in Saudi Arabia for a major local and international contractor.
  • A major project and facilities management contract on the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.
  • An oil and gas production sharing contract in Al Fujeirah.
  • A convention and conference centre in Qatar for a leading regional contractor.

James Foster ... leaves a fantastic impression with clients and peers. One source said: 'He's a very good, experienced construction lawyer, and extremely good with clients. A delight to work with'
Chambers Global, 2014

2016

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner

2014

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner

2014 - 2016

2003

Lawrence Graham, partner

2003 - 2014

1986

Manches, partner and head of construction

1986 - 2003

1981

Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales

Featured insights & resources

Dubai's construction industry - still on track

Courtney Rothery, James Foster

Articles 06 September 2016

Choosing a forum for international dispute resolution? Fifteen facts about the Dubai based Dispute Resolution Authority

James Foster, Robyn M Waller

Articles 15 July 2016

Dispute resolution in the United Arab Emirates: what are the options? Part two - arbitration

Courtney Rothery, James Foster

Articles 09 September 2014

Dispute resolution in the United Arab Emirates: what are the options? Part one

James Foster

Articles 03 September 2014

Career & Recognition

2016

2016

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner

2014

2014

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner

2014 - 2016

2003

2003

Lawrence Graham, partner

2003 - 2014

1986

1986

Manches, partner and head of construction

1986 - 2003

1981

1981

Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales

1975

1975

Magdalen College, Oxford University: MA (Oxon)

1975 - 1978

James Foster
Profile highlights

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James Foster

James Foster is a partner in our Dubai office and leads our construction disputes practice in ...

James Foster
Featured insights & resources

Dubai's construction industry - still on track

Courtney Rothery, James Foster

Article 06 September 2016

Insights & Resources

Dubai's construction industry - still on track

Courtney Rothery, James Foster

Article September 6, 2016

Choosing a forum for international dispute resolution? Fifteen facts about the Dubai based Dispute Resolution Authority

James Foster, Robyn M Waller

Article July 15, 2016

Dispute resolution in the United Arab Emirates: what are the options? Part three - enforcing an arbitration award in the UAE

James Foster

Article September 16, 2014

Dispute resolution in the United Arab Emirates: what are the options? Part two - arbitration

Courtney Rothery, James Foster

Article September 9, 2014

Dispute resolution in the United Arab Emirates: what are the options? Part one

James Foster

Article September 3, 2014

James Foster
Profile highlights

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James Foster

James Foster is a partner in our Dubai office and leads our construction disputes practice in ...

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Client Work

James Foster
Profile highlights

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James Foster

James Foster is a partner in our Dubai office and leads our construction disputes practice in ...

James Foster
Featured insights & resources

Dubai's construction industry - still on track

Courtney Rothery, James Foster

Article 06 September 2016

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