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Michael O’Reilly

Michael O’Reilly

Partner - Head of Section โ€“โ€“โ€“ Dubai

Michael is a Partner, Head of International Construction and leads the projects practice out of our Dubai office. He has worked on international construction projects for over 36 years, in senior commercial roles and as a construction claims consultant and Solicitor with both in-house and private practice experience. He has lived in the Middle East for 11 years and has also practiced law in the UK and throughout SE Asia.

Michael's practice covers construction law, dispute resolution, commercial law, project financings, and major infrastructure development. He has a thorough understanding of drafting, negotiating and advising on standard form and bespoke construction documents, including concession, PPA, construction and EPC, O&M, supply, offtake, shareholder, consultancy, PMC, FEED, process/license technology, and other commercial agreements across several sectors. 

On the contentious side, Michael has defended, pursued or advised on the settlement of construction disputes involving adjudication, mediation, claims and counterclaims for delay, extensions of time, loss and expense, variations, increased costs, and design/ specification on major building and engineering projects.

Michael is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is recommended in the Legal 500 EMEA directory for construction, projects and energy work and is cited as a notable practitioner by Chambers directory for construction and real estate.