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Faisal Attia
Head of Litigation - Construction, Advisory and Disputes, Middle East at Pinsent Masons


Faisal an experienced construction lawyer and heads the litigation practice for Pinsent Masons in the Middle East. He is a specialist on the interpretation of the

Middle Eastern laws in the context of construction and commercial disputes, especially in terms of arbitration and litigation. He previously acted as a State Counsel for the Egyptian Government and represented Egypt in a number of international arbitral proceedings in respect of high-value investor-state disputes. He then worked in London and Kuwait before moving to Dubai in 2011.

As one of the only Arabic-speaking construction law specialists in the MENA region, Faisal’s practice concentrates on conducting arbitration and litigation for complex construction disputes for public and private clients. Faisal has had conduct of over 3000 litigations across the MENA region including Egypt, Algeria, Syria, Kuwait, KSA, Bahrain, Qatar as well as the UAE. In terms of arbitration, he has a great deal of experience of resolving construction and commercial disputes, especially under the auspices of the ICC, DIAC, ICSID, DIFC-LCIA, CRCICA, ADCCAC, LME, LMAA, as well as ad hoc UNCITRAL arbitration rules. Such is his knowledge and experience that he is frequently called upon to advise clients, other law firms and QCs on the interpretation of local substantive and procedural laws. He is also acting as UAE law expert in foreign court proceedings. 


He is also a visiting law lecturer to universities in Europe and the Middle East and sits as an arbitrator.

Agenda Sessions

  • Contracting in the Middle East