Harriet Jenkins

Associate

Dubai

T +971 4709 6620
M +971 54 3052279
harriet.jenkins@simmons-simmons.com

General Experience

Harriet has a wide range of experience acting for clients from across the globe, advising on construction projects in Qatar, U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Ethiopia and Georgia. She has acted on disputes across internationally renowned arbitral bodies, including ICC, LCIA, DIFC, SIAC, as well as on domestic arbitrations within the GCC. Harriet also has extensive experience litigating disputes in court, both at the High Courts of England and Wales, and in working alongside local co-counsel on disputes before the local GCC courts.

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Recent Work
  • representing a contractor in an ICC arbitration relating to a processing plant project dispute under bespoke EPC Conditions of Contract, involving issues of delay, disruption, acceleration, variation to scope of work, and non-payment. Seat of arbitration London, subject to English law
  • advising a Subcontractor in relation to general construction works in Qatar. Experience undertaking a detailed review and analysis of the contractual suite of documents and advising the client on its’ contractual position, particularly with regards to potential delay, disruption and acceleration claims, with a view to a prospective mediation. Contract subject to English Law
  • representing a contractor client in domestic arbitration proceedings within the Qatar International Center for Conciliation and Arbitration (QICCA) in relation to a dispute with its employer arising from an adjustment to site instructions and a variation in the scope of works and contract value
  • advising a Subcontractor in relation to unpaid invoices and threat to guarantee bonds, taking action under the contract to effectively recover the sums due and working alongside local co-counsel to protect the bonds in the Qatar courts
  • representing a Yemeni contractor, based in Dubai, in an ICC arbitration relating to an LNG plant and pipeline in Yemen under a National Oil Company’s general conditions of contract, involving issues as to force majeure, non-payment, suspension, and termination due to the ongoing security situation in the country
  • advising a Turkish contractor undertaking the civil works package on a hydropower plant in Georgia (heavily amended FIDIC contract, subject to English law). Preparing a claim for additional costs incurred during the course of geo-technical works, for Engineer determination and subsequent DAB disputes procedure, and advising on the contract and disputes procedures (DAB and ICC arbitration, London).
Background
Harriet is an experienced disputes lawyer who has been based in the Gulf since 2013, having previously worked in London. She specialises in international arbitration, particularly in relation to contentious construction matters arising from within the MENA region. Her practice focuses on acting for international contractors, subcontractors and consultants on complex, high value disputes arising out of major energy and infrastructure projects.

Harriet has experience working with clients on a project counsel basis assisting with dispute avoidance, as well as in achieving favourable commercial settlements on their behalf. She has effectively managed disputes through alternative dispute resolution procedures, such as mediation, expert determination, and Dispute Adjudication Boards.