Khalil Mechantaf is a Senior Associate in our Dubai office. He is dual-qualified in Lebanon (Beirut Bar Association) in 2009 and as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 2017. Khalil has a PhD in Law and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Khalil has over ten years of experience in dispute resolution and international arbitration. His practice focuses on contentious and non-contentious construction and energy projects. He regularly acts as counsel in arbitrations under the ICC, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA and SIAC regimes. He has acted for both developers and contractors, specifically in the infrastructure, power, water and pipelines related disputes in the Middle East and Africa. He also advises clients during the life span of a project on quantum and delay claims.

Khalil is a member of the Society of Construction Law (UK) and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.


  • Qualified in Lebanon in 2009
  • Qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2017

Work highlights

  • Advising an EPC Contractor on issues related to the development, construction and operation of a water desalination plant.
  • Representing a Main Contractor in an ICC arbitration against a subcontractor in relation to quantum and delay claims arising from the construction of pipelines.
  • Representing a Main Contractor in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration against an employer in relation to civil works arising from the performance of an LNTP agreement.