Dilpreet is an associate in the International Dispute Resolution Group based in Dubai. She is an English qualified barrister with full rights of audience before all courts in England and Wales, and has also been called to the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Prior to joining the firm, Dilpreet practised at the Bar of England and Wales in London and at a leading international firm in Dubai.

    Dilpreet advises on a range of disputes concerning international arbitration, litigation, negotiation and/or mediation, and she has provided advice in connection with a range of arbitral institutions, including the DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, ICC, SIAC and ADCCAC, amongst others. She has a broad range of experience in commercial and construction disputes matters, and as a tax practitioner (having previously practised as a Chartered Tax Adviser at one of the ‘Big Four’), has also provided extensive advice on the implementation and effects of VAT in the UAE, and currently lectures on UAE VAT at the DIFC Academy of Law.

    The jurisdictional reach of Dilpreet’s MENA practice includes the UAE (both onshore and offshore), the DIFC, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar. She has been instructed in a variety of commercial disputes matters in respect of these.

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    Commercial Arbitration/Litigation

    • Representing one of the largest US pharmaceutical claims adjudication entities in respect to a JV arrangement, concerning a DIFC-LCIA arbitration of c. US$100 million concerning tortious damages in respect of breach of JV arrangements and theft of IP. Assisted in drafting detailed advice for the client, along with witness statement interviews and managing the data room (excess of one million documents). Drafted initial draft injunction application and worked closely with senior counsel in preparing for hearings.
    • Advising and representing a large real estate developer and property investor in connection with breach of contract and issues with title concerning c. AED 225 million worth of property before the DIFC Courts.
    • Advising a large US pharmaceutical company on potential disputes arising with respect to: the consequences of terminating its distribution agreements in the UAE; employment/labour law disputes; anti-bribery and regulatory advice.
    • Representing the largest operator of commercial retail space in Saudi Arabia, with respect to a multimillion-dollar DIFC-LCIA arbitration with parallel proceedings in the English High Court, concerning defective quality and delay of products. Drafted witness statements and advice notes on detailed aspects of the law with respect to both English and Saudi law. Worked closely with counsel in finalising various applications, court documents and pleadings, and also worked closely with colleagues in Saudi Arabia in order to apply relevant Saudi law provisions.
    • Advising a large MENA telecommunications entity and drafting pleadings for litigation before the local UAE courts with respect to a case brought under the competition law regime. Successfully defended the claim and appeal.
    • Drafting the statement of claim in relation to a breach of a promissory note and guarantee for the client, a Cayman-incorporated investment entity, and providing further advice and guidance with respect to next steps in the litigation strategy.
    • Advising both the board of a national governing sports body, and its corresponding international regulator in respect of a dispute arising in connection with breach of contract and failure by the opposing party to execute its obligations under a series of complex contractual arrangements.
    • Advising a large US corporation on potential litigation options with respect to issuing litigation proceedings locally versus in the US, as regards to breach of contract and tort claims.
    • Assisting in a large-scale, highly sensitive internal investigation into a Fortune 500 company’s regulatory procedures, and advised on applicable laws and possible courses of action.
    • Advising a large GCC investment entity on a variety of matters, including a potential dispute concerning complex financial arrangements and the consortium of investors; termination of large-scale contracts; and potential breaches of contract.

    Construction Arbitration/Litigation

    • Advising and representing the Employer in an ICC arbitration in relation to works undertaken for a specialist construction contract.  The claim, in excess of, c. QAR 1 billion (c. US$275 million) relates to numerous violations and breaches of the contract, in addition to changes to the works and associated delays and costs.
    • Advising a specialist contractor in an ICC arbitration relation to works under a bespoke construction contract as part of a port project in the Middle East. The claim for c. QAR 425 million (c. £81.5 million) related to numerous changes to the contractor’s scope of works and the associated time and costs. This involved close cross-border working with colleagues in Doha and the application of the Qatari Civil Code.
    • Representing a contractor JV in a DIAC arbitration in relation to claims arising from the construction of Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport, with the claims and counterclaims being in excess of AED 4 billion (c. US$1.3 billion). Assisted in drafting detailed variations pleadings, collating detailed chronologies and working with senior counsel in finalising submissions and pleadings.
    • Advising one of the largest developers in the UAE on a variety of construction projects and potential disputes arising out of delays caused by the employer, resulting in outstanding sums owed to the contractor and prolongation costs. Drafted detailed advice and correspondence, and undertook an analysis of the potential claims.
    • Advising a large French aerospace and defence entity with respect to a dispute concerning numerous extensions of time applications; prolongation costs; critical paths and delay analysis. Drafted the submissions for the tribunal and worked with colleagues in Doha in order to apply relevant Qatari Law.

    UAE VAT/Tax

    • Advising a large national bank in relation to the application of VAT to interchange fees for card transactions.
    • Advising a large Japanese power entity based in an offshore jurisdiction, on the relevant VAT considerations to be taken into account, and what constitutes the provision of “services” and “supplies” in various cross-border arrangements.
    • Assisting in advising a Cayman fund with respect to accounting for UAE VAT for services and management advice supplied out of, and into, the UAE.
    • Various detailed reviews of contracts for numerous entities (in a variety of industries including construction, commercial, telecommunications, finance, health and education) in order to assist companies in bringing their contractual arrangements in line with the new UAE VAT law requirements. Further broad advice provided in connection with the other GCC countries and VAT.
    • Advising a large corporate entity on all its VAT obligations and arrangements, prior to UAE VAT coming into force. Detailed consideration of various supply chain and set-up arrangements of temporary kiosks and permanent fixtures.
    • Advising an international telecommunications company on the VAT implications of its leasing arrangements, with respect to property it owns as landlord.
    • Advising a large investment entity on what constitutes an electronically supplied service for UAE VAT purposes.
    • Advising an entity with respect to the exemptions available under the VAT law, and focusing in particular on the requirements for charitable exemptions.
    • Advising a large corporate entity on its property arrangements and leases, and considering the VAT implications of single, mixed use and composite supplies.

    Reported Cases

    • Planning Appeal (three joint appeals, October 2016) re: Land to the north of 8 Woolmer Cottages
    • Vasant Bharath and others v The Returning Officer for the Constituency of St Joseph’s (Trinidad and Tobago – various reported judgments, June 2016).
    • In the matter of Sasha Seepersad, CV2015-02944 (Trinidad and Tobago High Court, February 2016).
    • R. (on the application of K&C RLBC) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, [2016] EWHC 1785 (Admin).
    • YB v. Islington LBC [2015] EWCOP 79.
    • Lisle-Mainwaring v. Kensington and Chelsea RLBC [2015] EWHC 1814 (Admin); [2015] EWHC 2105 (Admin).
    • Tower Hamlets LBC v. Bromley LBC [2015] EWHC 1954 (Ch).
    • Erlam and others v. Rahman and The Returning Officer for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets [2015] EWHC 1215 (Q.B.).
    • R. (on the application of Eliterank Ltd) v. Kensington and Chelsea RLBC [2015] EWHC 220 (Admin).

    Education

    • University of Oxford, M.Sc., Law of Taxation, 2018
    • University of Oxford, M.Sc., 2011
    • University of Kent, LL.B., (Hons.), 2008

    Admissions

    • DIFC, Dubai, 2017
    • Chartered Tax Adviser, CTA, 2014
    • England and Wales, 2009

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
    • DRA DIFC Court Pro Bono Centre.
    • Chartered Institute of Taxation.
    • International Fiscal Association (UAE chapter).
    • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.
    • Denning Society Scholar.
    • Advisory Board Member, Oxford Women in Law.

    Languages

    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Spanish
    • Punjabi
    • Hindi
    • Urdu
    • Recognised in The Legal 500 UAE 2018 for Arbitration and International Litigation.
    • Pegasus Trust Scholarship – Paris Bar Exchange (2014).
    • Lincoln’s Inn – Levitt Scholarship (2013), Euro Scholarship (2014).
    • Member of the ‘Best Indirect Tax Consultancy Team’ – BLT Awards (2012).
    • St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford – MSc Travel and Research Grant Award (2010/11).
    • Earl Mountbatten Award for “Global Vision” (2010).
    • Member of the team nominated for the Attorney-General’s Pro Bono Award (2009).

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    Speaking Engagements

    • Presenter, “Update on UK Tax Litigation and Appealing Notices”, 2018.
    • Lecturer, “UAE VAT Law – DIFC, Academy of Law”, 2018.
    • Panellist, “Young MENA Arbitrators – Dubai Arbitration Week”, 2017.
    • Presenter, “Accelerated Payment Notices Seminar; COP9 Procedure; ADR as an alternative to litigating HMRC”, 2016/17.
    • Presenter, “Part 36 CPR updates; Judicial Review 101; Interpretation of Contract Terms; Procurement 101”, 2016.
    • Visiting Guest Lecturer, “Equity & Trusts Law and Contract Law, Pembroke College,” University of Oxford, 2015-16.
    • Co-Presenter, “Anatomy of a Warranty Claim”, 2015.
    • Co-Presenter, “Supranationalism of the British Courts & Forum Non Conveniens”, 2014.

    Publications

    • VAT in the GCC – ad hoc contributor to Bloomberg News updates for VAT in the GCC region, 2018.
    • UAE VAT – various articles contributed to LexisNexis Middle East News Updates, 2018.
    • Assistant Editor, “Parker’s on Election Law”, LexisNexis Butterworths, 2017-present.
    • Contributing Author, “Supperstone & Goudie on Judicial Review”, LexisNexis Butterworths, 2017.
    • Research Assistant, “Competition Litigation: UK Practice and Procedure”, Oxford University Press, 2017/18.
    • Author, “Making way for the metro mayors – what can we expect?” LexisNexis, 2 May 2017.
    • Co-Author, “Putting the Lights Out – Developers and Private Rights of Light under s.237 TCPA 1990,” New Law Journal, 2015.
    • Research Assistant, “Oaths and Perjury in a Protestant Monarchy”, Revue International de Droit Comparé, 2014.
    • Commentary for LexisNexis on the Finance Act in respect of tax and planning, 2015.
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