Raeesa Rawal is an associate in the Litigation Department whose practice focuses on construction arbitration. Ms. Rawal has a wide range of experience advising clients in the energy, infrastructure and construction sectors, from the provision of initial advice on claims under contract and throughout the dispute resolution process.
Ms. Rawal’s practice focuses on high-value and complex international construction and engineering disputes in both the public and private sector.
Ms. Rawal has been awarded numerous awards and honours in the construction law field, including winning Best Woman In Construction Law in the 2021 European Women In Construction & Engineering Awards. Ms. Rawal is recommended by The Legal 500 UK (2022), where clients note she is “hugely committed and determined,” and by Chambers UK (2022), where she is described as “an extremely knowledgeable and approachable lawyer.” She has been recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ in the field of Construction Law by Expert Guides (2020, 2021, 2022). She also received the Society of Construction Law Australia 2017 Brooking Prize for her co-authored entry on enforceability of time bars in construction contracts.
Ms. Rawal has heavy involvement in both construction law academia and industry bodies in various jurisdictions. She has ongoing lecturing engagements with the University of Stuttgart (Masters of Business and Engineering) and is currently involved as a thesis supervisor. She is also a visiting lecturer at Strathclyde University, Scotland (Department of Architecture, Masters) where she lectures on Contract Administration and Practice. Ms. Rawal also has regular speaking engagements with the International Construction Law Association and other construction industry associations.
Ms. Rawal also has publications in the International Construction Law Review and the Construction Law International and has editorial duties with the Building and Construction Law Journal, Construction Law Quarterly (co-editor) and the ICE Management, Procurement and Law Journal (editorial panel member). Ms. Rawal is a co-author of the UK chapter in the International Arbitration Country Comparative Guide, published by The Legal 500 (November, 2021); the International Arbitration chapter in the Architect's Legal Handbook (January, 2021); and “UK Guide to Arbitration,” In-House Lawyer.
Ms. Rawal has previously practised in both Australia and Germany with premier national law firms, where she was involved in complex international arbitration and construction disputes. Ms. Rawal received a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)/Bachelor of Laws (BCom/LLB) from Monash University and is admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia.
She is currently on secondment with a firm client.