Victoria Cunningham



Victoria has worked in the Middle East since 2012, providing strategic legal and commercial advice to international contractors and developers. She has handled all manner of construction related issues, from the project tender stage through the entire life cycle of a project to the dispute resolution stage, in both international arbitration and local litigation forums.

Victoria has significant experience advising clients on large scale complex international commercial disputes between multiple parties and enjoys the breadth of opportunities – and challenges – that working on and managing international construction disputes presents. She has worked with Mat Heywood for a number of years on disputes on construction and infrastructure projects in the UAE, Qatar and Oman.

Recent projects

Defending a claim of AED120million for a large international contractor in ADCCAC arbitration proceedings on a high-profile university project in the education sector in Abu Dhabi.

Acting for a large international main contractor on a DIAC Arbitration claim for recovery of losses arising from defective workmanship by its sub-contractor on one of the prestigious Palm developments in Dubai.

Project Counsel and claims management advice to a major international main contractor on a AED1.6billion contract in respect of a major mixed use and retail hospitality development in Dubai.

Recovery of monies due from a local government entity in Oman for an international main contractor in the value of approx. AED124million undertaken on the basis of Omani government standard forms for construction contracts.