Sarah Kelly

Associate, Dubai



Sarah is an associate in the Firm's Dubai office. Her practice focuses on the resolution of disputes arising out of complex construction, engineering, infrastructure and energy projects.

Sarah has significant experience in Europe and the Middle East of advising and acting for both employers (particularly sovereign clients) and contractors. She has acted as counsel in a variety of high-value domestic and international arbitrations (both institutional and ad hoc), as well as in litigation, adjudication and mediation.

Prior to joining the Firm in Doha in 2014, Sarah practiced with a leading law firm in Qatar, and before that with a boutique construction law firm in Ireland.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Solicitor of England and Wales
Trinity College, Dublin
University of Limerick


Representing a sovereign State in a multi-track ICC arbitration (and ancillary court proceedings) concerning the construction of the passenger terminal building at a new international airport in the Middle East. Contract based on the FIDIC Yellow Book.

Advising a State-owned entity on the adjudication (by a standing DAB) and settlement of a dispute with a prominent European contractor regarding the construction of a mega mixed-use development in the Middle East.

Acting for an employer in ICC arbitration proceedings related to a Build Own Operate Transfer (BOOT) contract for the development of 3 gas-fired cogeneration plants in the Middle East. Paris seat, KSA law.

Defending the employer in an ICC arbitration and local court proceedings relating to the termination of a contract (based on the FIDIC Yellow Book) for the design, procurement, installation and commissioning of IT networks and security systems for a major transport infrastructure project.

Acting for an employer in ad hoc arbitration proceedings seated in Muscat related to the construction of water distribution complexes in the Middle East.

Representing a sovereign client in a dispute concerning enabling works on the state's largest transport infrastructure project. FIDIC Red Book.

Advising the owner on the management of substantial claims arising in relation to the construction of a five-star hotel and serviced apartment complex in the Middle East.

Representing the employer in successive Dispute Adjudication Board proceedings instituted by a replacement IT contractor on a major transport infrastructure project in the Middle East.

Advising an Asian contractor in respect of claims arising from the performance of an EPC contract for the construction of oil platforms, pipelines and associated works in the Middle East.*

Acting for a major European contractor in the ICC arbitration of disputes (with both the employer and a sub-contractor) arising under an EPC contract for the construction of a power plant in the Middle East.*

Advising a sovereign client in relation to the drafting of legislation required to facilitate the construction and operation of a high profile new rail network and systems in the Middle East.*

Representing a contractor consortium in a domestic arbitration and a mediation relating to the construction of a major motorway in Ireland.*

* Matters prior to joining White & Case LLP


Construction Arbitration Know-how (Qatar), Global Arbitration Review, 2013

Decennial Liability in Qatar, Ta'ameen Qatar, 2013