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Cheryl Cairns

Cheryl Cairns

Partner - Resident Managing Partner โ€“โ€“โ€“ Dubai

Cheryl Cairns is a partner in Trowers and Hamlins' Dubai office, having joined the firm in 2007, and leads the firm's International Construction practice across the MENA region.  Cheryl specialises in both contentious and non-contentious construction law.

As well as regularly acting on behalf of Claimants and Respondents in arbitrations subject to UAE law, conducted under various institutional rules (ICC, DIAC, LCIA and UNCITRAL), Cheryl is also regularly called upon to determine disputes, in particular by Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) who has and continues to appoint her to sit as a sole arbitrator. 

Cheryl also regularly advises clients in respect of claims arising on major construction and infrastructure projects, which include rail, aviation and oil and gas sectors, and is highly experienced in the drafting of pleadings, attendance at preliminary and procedural hearings, meeting with and obtaining proofs of evidence from witnesses of fact and liaising with engineering, delay and quantum experts.

As well as contentious matters, Cheryl provides contract advisory services to clients on procurement issues, amendments to redress the balance of risk in standard form (in particular FIDIC) and bespoke building contracts, consultancy agreements and forms of ancillary security relating to significant international infrastructure and development projects

Prior to coming to UAE, Cheryl worked for several years in the UK in the construction and projects sector.  Cheryl also holds a Masters Degree in Construction Law and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Gulf Society of Construction Law.