Simon Palmer Joins Stephenson Harwood in Dubai

In a strategic move to fortify its construction disputes practice, Stephenson Harwood has welcomed seasoned consultant Simon Palmer (pictured) to its ranks in Dubai. With over 35 years of legal expertise, Palmer has a distinguished record of navigating complex, high-value, cross-border construction, and engineering disputes. His clientele includes prominent international stakeholders spanning the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Commuting between Dubai and London, Palmer’s addition is anticipated to augment Stephenson Harwood’s capabilities significantly. 

Expressing enthusiasm about Simon’s arrival, Rania Tadros, Dubai office managing partner at Stephenson Harwood, underscored the invaluable regional knowledge and expertise he brings, enhancing the firm’s ability to support its clients effectively. Paul Thwaite, co-head of Stephenson Harwood’s commercial litigation practice, emphasized the importance of Palmer’s top-tier relationships and regional experience, complementing the firm’s already stellar team. 

Stephenson Harwood’s construction and engineering dispute resolution team is renowned for its profound industry knowledge, technical prowess, and a reputation for pragmatic problem-solving. Clients frequently rely on the team during the construction phase to address challenges in real-time and proactively prevent disputes. 

Simon Palmer’s extensive experience includes representing leading international developers, consultants, sponsors, contractors, and sub-contractors across the Middle East, Europe, North America, and Asia. His resolved disputes span a spectrum of high-profile projects globally, encompassing stadia, malls, airports, schools, hospitals, laboratories, warehouses, universities, and quarries. Additionally, Palmer brings significant expertise in infrastructure disputes related to power plants, rolling stock, ports, roads, and mines. 

Palmer’s portfolio features involvement in international arbitrations under ICC, LCIA, DIFC – LCIA, DIAC, and ADCCAC, encompassing all major forms of procurement (construction, design and build, EPC). His collaboration with leading technical experts ensures clients access high-quality, independent findings when seeking successful resolutions for construction disputes before courts and tribunals.