Sam Baldwin



Sam has over 10 years’ experience in acting and advising on both contentious and non-contentious construction, infrastructure and engineering matters in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the Middle East.

Sam currently focuses on large MENA based and international construction arbitration disputes involving payment, delay / prolongation, extension of time, and variation claims. Clients praise the benefits of his sound knowledge of the industry and its processes, gained through years of experience working onsite on construction projects.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degrees (LLB / BA) from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is qualified in New Zealand.

Recent projects

Successfully representing a large Australian multinational main contractor in DIFC – LCIA arbitration proceedings (AED 140M) brought by a UK-owned MEP subcontractor in respect of its final account, involving claims for variations, delay / prolongation and disruption, as well as substantial counterclaims for liquidated damages and back charges for incomplete work.

Acting for the insurer of a large international (US based) engineering consultancy in Omani local court proceedings against the US designer, and Omani contractor, relating to US$20M liability.

Advising an international construction JV in respect of a AED 170M final account claim against a large Dubai developer, in respect of a landmark Downtown Dubai project, under a contract subject to a local court dispute resolution clause.

Acting as project counsel for a Chinese subcontractor client in relation to ongoing contractual claims arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, payment and performance related issues under a US$130M subcontract for construction works on an oil pipeline in Fujairah.

Representing a Belgian multinational dredging subcontractor in DIFC-LCIA arbitration proceedings (AED 60M) against contractor in respect of payment for dredging works, variations and prolongation costs on a subsea oil pipeline in Abu Dhabi.