services for your toughest scenarios.
Mantle Law has a singular focus on arbitration and disputes within our sector. We channel all of our know-how into building an unmatched service in these areas.
That means practitioners with real focus and drive to help you tackle your biggest commercial challenges.
Our core services.
The management of active and potential disputes, whether that be counselling a project in difficulty, Court proceedings, alternative dispute resolution or arbitration, is what we do. We work hard with clients to avoid conflict but, once a dispute has arisen, there’s nobody better in the market to have in your corner. Chances are we win. How do we do that time-and-time again? The odds are improved dramatically by having peerless local market knowledge, better insights, sharper processes and practices through technology, and a true sense of a shared goal with our clients. And we simply do not stop until that goal has been achieved.
Our disputes lawyers have developed careers in some the largest law firms in the world but all have in common a focus to provide services in a better and more efficient way. They know your industry and speak your language. We are not simply at the end of a phone, we are on the ground with you, sharing risk and and facing every challenge as a united team.
This pedigree, coupled with a focus on your commercial needs (in particular a need for better value and pricing of legal services), provides the best of both worlds; traditional quality with a contemporary outlook.
We advise on national and cross border, multi-jurisdictional, complex and high-value international disputes with a primary focus on the construction, energy and infrastructure sectors. Our people have worked on some of the largest and most complex disputes in the world with a particular focus on the Middle East, UK and Europe.
All of our lawyers are international arbitration specialists. There is no learning on your dispute, we are experts in winning large scale arbitrations all over the world, whether that be domestic or international commercial arbitration or investor-State arbitration. Above all, we are committed to the industries we work in and understand the practical and technical aspects of what our clients do.
In the UK, our lawyers are seasoned practitioners in the specialist construction division of the High Court and have grown up alongside the growth of adjudication as a dispute resolution tool in the UK construction industry. Our lawyers have set the agenda in the field of adjudication creating new law to suit their clients’ objectives.
A primary sector for us is construction and infrastructure, where we focus as readily on avoiding disputes as we do winning them. That means working with our clients throughout the project life cycle to manage an inevitably complex array of contracts and interdependent relationships in order to navigate risk. We sit alongside our clients throughout this process, supporting their commercial and in-house legal teams with critical insights, shared ambition and stalwart experience.
Our lawyers have acted on some of the most significant disputes regionally and globally; a few examples:
A Hotel and Leisure Project Dispute Advising a contractor in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration in relation to a landmark hotel and leisure development in Dubai. Mantle Law have secured the first ever DIFC Court anti-suit injunction on this matter.
A Mixed Use Development Advising an International contractor in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration related to a termination and final account dispute on a large hotel and mixed use development. The value of the claim is in excess of AED 250m.
ICC Arbitration (Qatar) – Infrastructure Representing a joint venture of international contractors on a large infrastructure transport project in Doha with regard to a complex spectrum of disputes involving claims for non-payment and extensions of time with a value in excess of $2bn. This involved running on site project surgeries and becoming embedded with the project team. The dispute resolution was ICC arbitration pursuant to Qatari law and seated in Qatar.
Stadia Acting for a Contractor in a series of claims against its consulting engineer and subcontractors arising out of structural defects in two new stands in a stadium redevelopment. The remedial works required the stands to be partially deconstructed and rebuilt all whilst safely maintaining minimum attendance capacity for international events.
Acting for an international contracting joint venture in disputes arising out of unforeseen ground conditions in the EUR1.2bn redevelopment of an airport in the Russian Federation.
ICC Arbitration Representing the employer in defending an ICC arbitration brought by the contractor on an oil pipeline project, with claims involving standby costs for alleged suspension and force majeure. This case resulted in a successful outcome for the client, with the claim being defended in its entirety.
DIAC Arbitration Acting for a Middle Eastern based contractor in a DIAC arbitration on twin tall towers related to a termination and final account dispute which involved various interim applications and Grievance applications to remove attachments over bonds.
ICC Construction Arbitration Representing a Contractor on a dispute brought by a specialist Subcontractor for AED 150m on a large UAE based project.
DIFC LCIA Arbitration Currently representing a Contractor against an Employer on a landmark Dubai tall tower. The claims relate to defective work, access issues, non-payment, back-to-back payment clauses and extensions of time and time related costs.
ICC Energy Arbitration Advising an EPC Contractor in relation to ICC arbitration proceedings (seated in London) in a dispute with the Owner and Lenders concerning the construction of an energy plant. The issues in question concerned delay, concurrent delay and the application of liquidated damages versus the EPC Contractor’s entitlement to an extension of time.
LNG Acting for an international contracting joint venture as project counsel in the $40bn design and construction of a new LNG facility guiding the client through COVID related delays and mitigation strategy.
Acting for a PPP project development company in claims and disputes with its contractor arising out of significant and widespread fire safety defects in the 4th largest Hospital in Europe.
How we work.
What is the most important thing about Mantle Law’s litigation and arbitration lawyers?
The attitude and ability to put our clients and their needs front and centre.
Yes, you need an enviable track record of success and considerable experience in the region and beyond. You need the working practices and collaborative approach which ensures that the client and their legal advisers act as one. Plus, you need the ability to utilise the latest technology and project management thinking to stay in control of your clients’ cases from beginning to end. Our people have this and more, but throughout, the client’s outcome is our focus.