Ravinder Bhullar


Ravinder Bhullar


Dubai | Unit 501, Level 5, Precinct Building 2, Dubai International Financial Centre, PO Box 506675, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 425 6322 | +971 4 425 6301


Ravinder Bhullar specialises in international commercial arbitration and international litigation matters, with a focus on disputes arising out of construction, real estate, infrastructure and energy projects. Noted by clients for being “extremely effective, able to provide authoritative leadership on a dispute and seeing the bigger picture,” Mr. Bhullar has extensive experience in arbitrations conducted under the rules of the ICC, SCC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA and DIAC, as well as ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL and other procedural rules. While experienced in arbitrations seated around the world, he has particular expertise in arbitration and dispute resolution connected with the Middle East and Gulf regions. He represents parties across multiple industry sectors, including construction, energy and natural resources, infrastructure, mining, and oil and gas, where he has advised owners/investors, governments, contractors, and insurers. Mr. Bhullar has also served as an arbitrator in several significant arbitrations.

Mr. Bhullar also frequently advises clients on disputes concerning financial institutions, insurance, and international trade.

Mr. Bhullar has been ranked as a leading international arbitration and construction lawyer in publications such as The Legal 500, where he is recommended for construction, and Chambers Global, where he has for many years been ranked for construction: dispute resolution. In 2018, he and his practice achieved the following rankings:

  • Chambers Global, 2018: Band 2, Construction: Dispute Resolution.  “One client called Ravinder Bhullar of Dechert LLP their ‘go-to choice for sensible, cost-effective advice. He's thorough and always available.’ His large client base comprises government entities, developers, investors and contractors. He has further experience in construction arbitrations.”
  • Legal 500, 2018:  Band 3 practice ranking,  stating that he is “‘highly experienced and takes a client-friendly approach’ – he handles a range of DIAC and LCIA arbitrations for clients including government-linked developers.”

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Bhullar served as an international arbitration and dispute resolution partner at another international law firm.

  • University of Melbourne, Australia, Bachelor of Commerce
  • University of Melbourne, Australia, Bachelor of Laws
  • Supreme Court of Victoria

Construction/Engineering and Civil Infrastructure

  • An employer, a Middle East government, in arbitration proceedings against a contractor, a Greece-UAE joint venture, arising out of construction and commissioning of a sewage treatment plant. The dispute involves substantial claims for extension of time, compensation for alleged acceleration measures and counterclaims for liquidated damages.
  • An employer, a UAE government-controlled entity, in arbitration proceedings against a contractor, a Hong Kong-UAE joint venture, arising out of the construction of a mixed-use tower in Dubai. These proceedings involve claims for extensions of time, prolongation costs and counterclaims for liquidated damages and other losses.
  • A main contractor, a Japanese-led consortium, on multi-billion dollar disputes and possible arbitration proceedings in relation to civil works on the Dubai Metro project. These were quite likely the largest construction disputes in the world at the time.
  • A main contractor in arbitration proceedings against a UK-based design consultant arising out of a design consultancy agreement and termination agreement in connection with the Dubai Metro project.
  • A main contractor in arbitration proceedings against a Malaysian internal finishes subcontractor in connection with the Dubai Metro project.
  • One of the world’s largest contractors on claims against a concession holder under an English law governed cost reimbursable construction and engineering contract regarding facilities for an iron ore mine in West Africa.
  • A UK-based firm of architects (and its professional indemnity insurer) in Dubai International Financial Centre Court proceedings relating to the design and construction supervision of a major tower development in Dubai, UAE. This was one of the first construction related claims filed in the DIFC Courts.
  • A main contractor in separate arbitration proceedings in Dubai against the employer and a nominated subcontractor arising out of construction of a high-rise development in Sharjah, UAE.
  • A subcontractor in arbitration proceedings against a China-based civil works contractor in connection with the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse development in Dubai.
  • A UAE-based marine engineering firm on disputes arising out of the construction of a living quarters module and helipad for an offshore gas processing plant in Indonesia.
  • The employer on disputes, including a DAB referral and ICC arbitration, arising out of a multi-billion dollar EPC contract regarding a large hydroelectric scheme in South America.
  • An international petroleum company on disputes with (i) an African Government under a concession agreement and (ii) an EPC contractor, in relation to the construction of a light petroleum pipeline in Africa.
  • The employer on claims and potential liabilities arising out of three substantial road interchange projects being undertaken by an Italy-based international contractor.
  • An EPC contractor on disputes against an international petroleum company in relation to alleged delays to completion of piping works for a condensate fractionation plant in Saudi Arabia.
  • A Hong Kong-based international contractor on disputes with employers and subcontractors on two separate high-rise projects in Dubai.
  • A large U.S. based design consultant regarding payment disputes, and defending claims for alleged negligence, arising out of an iconic project in Dubai.

Energy and Natural Resources

  • Saudi Electricity Company on a series of disputes arising out of power purchase agreements in connection with its IPP programme. Issues also included those arising out of corresponding EPC contracts relating to delay, quality and commissioning issues.
  • An international petroleum company on potential claims under a French law governed joint operating agreement and an English law governed drilling contract with respect to offshore operations in West Africa.
  • An international petroleum company on a dispute with a Middle East Government regarding calculation of the price of diesel in a long term supply agreement.
  • A Middle East Government on disputes with a power generation and distribution company under a concession agreement arising out of a series of power interruptions and alleged substation faults.
  • An international petroleum company on potential liabilities arising under a joint operating agreement in relation to exploration in the Mediterranean Sea.


  • A UAE government-controlled developer in arbitration proceedings against a private sub-developer in relation to the sale and purchase of a reclaimed island in the Arabian Gulf.
  • A UAE government-controlled entity in arbitration proceedings against a private property developer in relation to the sale and purchase of plots on an iconic offshore development in Dubai.
  • A UAE government-controlled entity in five separate arbitration proceedings against private property developers in relation to the sale and purchase of plots of land in Dubai.
  • A group of Yemen and UAE entities in arbitration proceedings against a Chinese household goods manufacturer for wrongful termination of a joint venture agreement for the distribution of goods in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • An Asia-based infrastructure provider on potential disputes under multiple English law governed agreements regarding a long-term project in Saudi Arabia.
  • A UK-based household goods manufacturer in arbitration proceedings against a Middle East distributor regarding termination of a commercial agency agreement.
  • A UAE-based commercial bank in arbitration proceedings arising out of alleged guarantees regarding its customer’s purchase of three high-rise buildings in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • Treasurer, Society of Construction Law
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • LCIA Arab Users’ Council
Speaking Engagements
  • Construction Disputes in MENA: Dubai and MENA — 6th Annual International Arbitration & Regulatory Global Summit, Dubai (February 12, 2019)
  • What Makes an Effective and Efficient Seat in International Arbitration — Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Dubai (November 1, 2016)
  • Arbitration has Become Too Slow and Expensive and is No Longer a Viable Alternative to National Courts — Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Dubai (November 1, 2015)
  • UK Delay and Disruption Protocol & Managing EOT Claims — Society of Construction Law International Conference, Kuala Lumpur (September 1, 2014)
  • EPC Contracts: Dispute Resolution — EPC Expert Forum organised by the German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce, Dubai (May 1, 2014)
  • Building The Gulf: Legal Challenges and Solutions — Society of Construction Law 2014 Conference (April 1, 2014)
  • Regional Dispute Resolution: Options and Observations from the Front Line — Laurence Simons General Counsel seminar series, Dubai (November 1, 2013)
  • 2012 AIPN Model Form Joint Operating Agreement: Revisions to Anti-Bribery/Anti-Corruption and Dispute Resolution Provisions — Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Dubai (November 1, 2012)
  • Construction Law and Disputes in the UAE — International Construction Law (Master of Laws programme) lecture, University of Melbourne (May 1, 2012)
  • Negotiating Dispute Resolution Provisions in Energy Contracts — Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Dubai (March 1, 2012)
  • Why Arbitration in the UAE is Different — Society of Construction Law (April 1, 2009)