Tom Wilson is a former member of the firm’s Global Board, serves as managing partner of our UAE offices, and heads our construction and arbitration practices in the Middle East. Among the leading construction disputes lawyers in the region, Tom represents public and private owners, international contractors and original equipment manufacturers in resolving disputes over the construction and operation of infrastructure assets. Tom has considerable experience in resolving disputes through arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, and serves as advocate in arbitration proceedings of all types, and in the DIFC courts. Chambers Global 2019 noted that Tom is “a construction lawyer through and through”, who “understands the Middle East very well”, and in 2021 that he has a “wealth of experience representing clients in significant ICC arbitrations”. Who’s Who Legal rates Tom as a “Global Elite Thought Leader” and “one of the standout names in the construction market”.
Tom also advises on project delivery systems, contract negotiation, contract compliance and risk management, and serves as project counsel to clients executing complex projects. As project counsel, Tom works closely with clients to avoid or achieve early resolution of disputes through structured negotiation and mediation, often during the pendency of the project. Tom also regularly sits as a presiding and party-appointed arbitrator in ICC, LCIA, DIAC and ad hoc arbitrations.
Work As Arbitrator