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George M. Vlavianos

Doha Managing Partner, Head of Arbitration

Qatar Commercial Litigation, Arbitration and Construction Lawyer at Bennett Jones Doha

T: +974 4020 4700

George Vlavianos is the managing partner of the Doha office of Bennett Jones (Gulf) LLP, which carries on the practice of law in Doha, Qatar, in association with Bennett Jones LLP.

Leader of the firm's arbitration practice, George practises in the areas of commercial litigation and construction law. He acts for owners, contractors and engineers in a wide range of construction disputes, from civil to industrial. He also has experience with professional errors and omissions insurance claims arising out of large industrial construction projects.

George represents major institutional clients in complex multi-party litigation and is involved in both domestic and international mediation and arbitration with respect to significant commercial disputes. He has UNCITRAL and ICC arbitration experience. George also has extensive experience with builders' lien disputes, particularly in the oil and gas context.

George is a registered practitioner with the DIFC courts in Dubai and also appears before all levels of court in Alberta, including the Alberta Court of Appeal.

Prior to joining Bennett Jones, he clerked with the Alberta Court of Appeal and Court of Queen's Bench in Calgary, as well as the Superior Court of Quebec in Montreal.

George is a fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers (CCCL) and a member of the Congress of Fellows of the Center for International Legal Studies. He is also a member of the London Court of International Arbitration. George was recently admitted to the Panel of the International Commercial Arbitrators of the ICC National Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

George is fluent in English, French and Greek. He has a working knowledge of German and a basic knowledge of Arabic.

Select Experience

  • International EPC contractor, in ICC arbitration proceedings advancing a multi-million-dollar claim arising out of the construction of a gas processing plant in Oman.
  • International energy company, in advancing a multi-million-dollar costs overrun and delay claim in connection with the construction of a billion-dollar oil sands project.
  • Joint venture owners, in a multi-million-dollar gas pricing dispute with a Saudi petrochemical company.

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  • 2016, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business

    George M. Vlavianos, ranked, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Qatar) Foreign Expert for Canada

    George Vlavianos of Bennett Jones (Middle East) LLP heads his Canada-based firm's arbitration practice and is praised by clients, who say: "He impressed me - he is very good at what he does." He regularly assists clients with commercial litigation and construction law mandates where there is a Canadian angle.
  • 2015, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business

    George M. Vlavianos, ranked, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Qatar) Foreign Expert for Canada

    George Vlavianos heads up the Doha office of Bennett Jones (Middle East) LLP. His practice focuses on commercial and construction arbitrations in Qatar and the wider Middle East, and prior to moving to Qatar he was based at the firm's Calgary office.
  • 2015, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business

    George M. Vlavianos, ranked, Construction Foreign Expert Based in Qatar

    Based in Doha, in Qatar, George Vlavianos of Bennett Jones (Middle East) LLP has extensive experience in Middle Eastern construction law, with a focus on arbitration and disputes.

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