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Sean Whitham

Sean Whitham

Senior Associate

Sean is a Senior Associate based in our Dubai office specialising in complex, large scale construction and engineering disputes.



Sean has broad experience of advising and representing clients in the construction industry, including those in the power and water, oil and gas, transport and healthcare sectors.  He has experience of many of the forms of contract used in the construction industry, and has acted for clients in international arbitration proceedings under the ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, SIAC and ADCCAC rules, as well as in expert determination, mediation, UK adjudication and high court litigation.

Sean also has experience of the firm's London Advocacy Unit where he worked closely with many of the firm's other practice areas in both high court and arbitration proceedings, as well as the related advisory and preparatory work.

Sean's experience includes advising:

  • a UAE based property development company in ICC arbitration proceedings concerning various claims worth over US$ 1 billion arising from the construction of a high profile project in Dubai
  • a leading international EPC contractor in connection with various disputes arising out of two EPC contracts to install onshore and offshore pipelines and single point mooring systems in Southern Iraq
  • an international energy company in ICC arbitration proceedings concerning various disputes arising out of a series of energy conversion agreements relating to the construction of three electrical power and steam cogeneration plants
  • a Korean contractor in DIAC arbitration proceedings concerning claims commenced by a sub-contractor arising out of the construction of a high profile project in Dubai
  • two international gas and renewable energy companies on issues arising out of the operation and maintenance of an IWPP in Abu Dhabi



Prior to relocating to Dubai in 2015, Sean was based in the firm's London office. Sean is a qualified Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and holds a Graduate Diploma in Law and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from BPP College of Professional Studies Law School in England.

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