Scott Hutton focuses his practice on construction and development matters, acting on both contentious and non-contentious matters. He also deals with all property related matters including sales, purchases, landlord and tenant and investment issues.
Scott has a wide ranging practice with a broad mix of clients both locally and internationally. He has considerable experience in acting for employers, contractors, consultants and funders. He acts for local developers and landlords as well as international investors and contractors. Scott is well-acquainted with all of the standard forms of construction contract, with an emphasis on the FIDIC based contract, the most common form of contract used in the Middle East. He also drafts and reviews bespoke contract documentation. He also has considerable experience with all means of Dispute Resolution in the UAE and has acted in arbitration under the rules of DIAC (Dubai International Arbitration Centre), DIFC-LCIA (Dubai International Financial Centre – the London Court of International Arbitration), ADCCAC (Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre) and AIAC (Ajman International Arbitration Centre).
Scott has extensive experience of the commercial property and construction markets of the UAE, Scotland and Ireland. He has represented major developers in residential, leisure, commercial and mixed use developments. Scott also has considerable experience in commercial leasing and asset management having acted for institutional landlords and investors together with major retail chains. He advises both landlords and tenants on all leasing related matters and is keen to promote a better understanding of the FRI (full repairing and insuring) lease in the UAE. He lectures on property matters at the Dubai Real Estate Institute.
Scott currently sits on the Independent Governance Committee (IGC) for the Responsible Sourcing of Gold and Precious Metals in DMCC, which accounts for approximately 25% of global gold trade.
Scott was recommended by the Legal 500 for “attention to detail, in-depth knowledge of the applicable laws and interpretation of the law’s application in the commercial environment of Dubai.” He was also named a “rising star” in the 2nd Edition of the “Guide to the World’s Leading Construction Lawyers.”