Payvand Vahdat

Partner, Doha

Biography

Overview

Payvand Vahdat is a partner in the in the Firm's Doha office. Payvand is an infrastructure/procurement specialist and has provided advice throughout the complete development process, advising both employers and contractors. He has experience with both non-contentious and contentious matters in relation to stadiums, rail, infrastructure and buildings.

Bars and Courts
New South Wales, Australia
High Court of Australia
Education
LLB
University of Technology

Sydney

BSc
University of Wollongong
Languages
English
Farsi

Experience

Representing a number of Qatari government authorities in the drafting and negotiation of a settlement agreement with an international contractor in relation to significant outstanding claims relating to a high profile construction project. 

Representing a Qatari developer as a respondent in relation to two separate arbitrations with main contractors concerning significant delays in completing the construction of two residential/office towers in Doha.

Representing a Qatari contractor (a subcontractor) in relation to an arbitration with the main contractor concerning the construction of rail maintenance depots.

Advising a Qatari government authority in relation to a significant claim in relation to a rail-related project.

Advising a Qatari government developer in relation to two high profile disputes involving international contractors.

Prior to joining the Firm, Payvand worked as Deputy General Counsel of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) where his responsibilities included:

Managing a team of lawyers exclusively advising and assisting the Technical Delivery Office in the procurement of an infrastructure programme that includes the construction of eight stadiums, over 40 training sites and the Doha Port project.

Developing suite of standard form contracts for procurement of the infrastructure programme, including the programme management consultancy agreement, project management agreements, design consultancy agreements; main works construction contracts; small works construction contracts, facilities management agreements, and supply of goods and supply of services agreements.

Project managing the development of SC's dispute resolution strategy, including the management of a significant number of responses to claims from contractors in relation to various construction projects. 

Leading on advice in relation to SC’s Workers’ Welfare programme including, assisting in the drafting of the Workers’ Welfare Standards; supporting the Workers’ Welfare Audit & Compliance function; advising on enforcement issues; formulating strategies to ensure the SC supply chain recruits workers ethically; and playing an instrumental role in enhancing the SC’s positive reputation with respect to Workers’ Welfare as whole.

Lead legal advisor in relation to numerous sensitive crisis management issues.

Advising and drafting sponsorship agreements for a number of high profile sponsor arrangements with European top-flight football clubs and football confederations.