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About Samantha Lord Hill

Samantha is Counsel in our international arbitration and Global Projects Disputes Practice.

Samantha focuses her practice on commercial and construction disputes arising out of major projects worldwide, particularly those in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors. She has advised and appeared on behalf of clients in complex, high-value, international arbitrations under many of the major arbitration rules including ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, ICSID, DIAC, ADCCAC, SIAC and UNCITRAL Rules, with a variety of seats.  She also sits as arbitrator.

Samantha sits on the Global Advisory Board of ICDR Young & International, the Editorial Board of the Center for International Investment and Commercial Arbitration Young Arbitrator's Group and the MENA Sub-Committee of the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations.  She is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), the International Bar Association and Arbitral Women.

She is the co-author of the UAE chapter of the ICCA International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration, the UAE chapter of 'The International Application of FIDIC Contractors: A Practical Guide' and the Employer Claims chapter of 'Dealing with Delay and Disruption on Construction Projects'.

She is admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia.  She is a Registered Foreign Legal Practitioner in both Singapore and Dubai and a Registered Foreign Legal Consultant in the State of California.  






Recent work

  • A major US-headquartered global energy company in relation to a mediation and potential UNCITRAL Rules arbitration seated in Perth, Western Australia concerning overpayment claims against an EPCM contractor in relation to a US$ multi-billion offshore LNG project.
  • A leading US-headquartered multinational consumer electronics company in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration seated in London in relation to contract, tort and competition law claims arising out of operations in the Middle East.
  • A major US-headquartered global energy company in an UNCITRAL Rules arbitration seated in Perth, Western Australia, in relation to delay and disruption claims against an implmentation contractor arising out of the construction of a US$ multi-billion offshore LNG project.
  • Nine Pakistani independent power producers in LCIA arbitrations seated in London, and subsequent English High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings, against the Pakistani electricity authority in connection with the IPPs' entitlement to receive capacity payments under the terms of power purchase agreements.
  • A major Korean general trading company in relation to an ICC arbitration seated in Singapore concerning alleged breaches of a joint venture agreement entered into for the purposes of the construction of a transit system in the GCC.
  • A GCC governmental entity in an ICC arbitration seated in London in relation to a dispute regarding the construction and ongoing operations of an US$2.1bn independent water and power plant project.
  • An international oil and gas company in a potential UNCITRAL arbitration seated in Qatar against a GCC governmental entity in relation to the end of the term of a exploration and production sharing agreement.
  • An Abu Dhabi real estate developer in an ADCCAC arbitration seated in Abu Dhabi regarding a multi-million dollar infrastructure development project.
  • A global contracting and development company that designs, builds and maintains property and infrastructure assets in relation to a dispute with a Qatari government entity concerning the construction of the iconic Qatar National Library Project and the re-development of downtown Doha, Qatar.
  • An international player in the aviation sector in relation to a review of its rights and remedies, and in particular its termination options, arising under a contract entered into with a Middle Eastern government for the supply of a command and control system.
  • A major Japanese steelmaker in relation to an indemnity agreement arising out of UAE court proceedings.
  • A leading MENA contractor in two disputes concerning the construction of a 5 star hotel development project and a mixed used development project in Abu Dhabi.
  • A gas transmission company as the owner of a major onshore gas pipeline in litigation proceedings against a contractor in relation to the construction of the main onshore gas pipeline in Western Australia.
  • A Kuwait-owned joint venture participant in litigation proceedings in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in relation to contract and tort claims arising out of the explosion of a major gas pipeline on Varanus Island.


  • 2020 New York Bar (passed, admission pending)
  • 2020 Registered Foreign Legal Consultant, State of California
  • 2018 Foreign Registered Practitioner, Singapore
  • 2015 Masters of Law, Murdoch University, Western Australia
  • 2013 Foreign Registered Practitioner, Dubai, UAE
  • 2011 Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and High Court of Australia
  • 2011 Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London
  • 2011 Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law WA, Australia
  • 2010 Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), Murdoch University, Western Australia


  • (2020) International Bar Association One step forward, two steps sidewards: the latest decision on arbitration from the High Court of Australia

  • (2019) Kluwer Law International; International Council for Commercial Arbitration Arbitration of Disputes Arising in Conflict Zones in Jean Kalicki and Mohamed Abdel Raouf, Evolution and Adaptation: The Future of International Arbitration

  • (2019) Routledge United Arab Emirates in Donald Charrett, The international Application of FIDIC Contracts: A Practical Guide

  • (2019) Society of Construction Law Australia National Conference Papers Planning your protection: mitigating the risk in complex cross-border construction projects through investment treaty planning

  • (2018) Jan Paulsson and Lise Bosman (eds), ICCA International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration, Kluwer Law International 1984, Supplement No. 90, August 2016 National Report for the United Arab Emirates

  • (2017) International Law Office ADGM Arbitration Centre and the ICC Representative Office Established

  • (2017) Construction Law International Vol 12(2) The Concept of Time at Large in the United Arab Emirates

  • (2017) International Law Office Judicial Committee Renders First Decisions

  • (2016) International Law Office Arbitration in Abu Dhabi Global Market – another common law jurisdiction in the Middle East

  • (2015) 11(1) Asian International Arbitration Law Journal 1 The Procedure for Enforcement of Foreign-Related and Foreign Arbitral Awards in the People's Republic of China - Is There a Need for Reform?

  • (2012) XV International Trade and Business Law Review 316 When Two Polar Extremes Collide: An Exploration into the Effects of Insolvency on International Arbitration