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Patrick O'Grady

Patrick O'Grady


Patrick is an Associate in Herbert Smith Freehills' disputes team in Dubai.



Patrick focuses on disputes arising in the energy, infrastructure and construction sectors in the Middle East. He also has experience in litigation proceedings in England and the BVI. He has limited capabilities in Arabic.
Patrick has experience acting for sovereign states in investment treaty arbitration under the UNCITRAL, SCC and ICSID rules as well as international commercial arbitration proceedings under the LCIA, LMAA and ICC rules.
Patrick's experience includes advising:
  • a sovereign state in UNCITRAL proceedings relating to a USD128 million claim by a Canadian mining company, relating to an alleged expropriation of its rights to one of the world's largest rare earth elements mines
  • a contractor on various breach of contract and restitutionary claims arising from the construction of an oil & gas semi-submersible platform in LMAA arbitration proceedings
  • a sovereign state in UNCITRAL proceedings in relation to a USD200 million claim relating to an alleged expropriation regarding an investment in the telecommunications sector
  • a state-owned natural gas company on potential investment treaty claims against a sovereign state in the Middle East arising out of the development of a gas field
  • a Russian oligarch and his corporate group in a USD1 billion claim in the BVI courts in a dispute arising out of a joint venture agreement in the energy sector.



Patrick trained at a magic circle firm in London and in the UAE and worked in the London office of an international law firm before joining Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in July 2018. 

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