Marc Sukkar specialises in construction law and all forms of dispute resolution. Marc represents owners, developers, designers and contractors on projects, mega projects and complex cross border transactions relating to a broad range of construction and infrastructure works. In addition, Marc has extensive experience in providing advice on common and civil law matters within Australia, the United Kingdom and the Middle East. Information about the projects that Marc has acted or advised on can be found here.
Marc Sukkar
Marc has advised government and private entities, members of Middle Eastern Royal families, high net worth individuals and some of Australia’s top 100 companies appearing before Australian and international courts, the ICC, in ad hoc arbitrations, mediations and adjudications relating to luxury developments and high value construction disputes.
Prior to establishing Ferrer Lawyers, Marc was a partner with US law firm, Holland & Knight and Lalive in Qatar, a Swiss law firm. In Australia, Marc previously practiced construction law with various leading law firms for over a decade. Internationally, Marc served as head of construction, projects, energy and dispute resolution for Salam International Investment Limited in Qatar and head of projects and disputes for Msheireb Properties, a subsidiary of the Qatar Foundation, in charge of all legal affairs and contracting disputes for the Msheireb Downtown Doha mega project.
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London)
MSc Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, with merit (King’s College London)
LLM Oil and Gas Law, with distinction (RGU)
Diploma in Law, with merit (USYD)
Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice (UTS)
Notarial Practice Course (College of Law)

Diploma in Building & Construction (Building), MBA
Certificate IV in Building & Construction (Building), TAFE
Statement of Attainment Internal Waterproofing, MBA
Demolition Supervision 1 & 2, TAFE

Supreme Court of NSW (1996)
High Court of Australia (1998)
Federal Court of Australia (1998)
United Arab Emirates (2012)
2017 – 2019 Chairman of Tria Australia, part of the Tria Group, Spain
2012 – 2015 Panel Arbitrator:
  • DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre, Dubai, UAE
  • Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation & Arbitration Centre (ADCCAC), UAE
  • Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR-AAA), Bahrain
  • Centro de Analisis y, Resolucion de Conflictos, Lima, Peru
2010 – 2014 Senior member of the legislative committee of the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre and ADR Committee to carry out a review of adjudication with a comparative analysis of best international practice and under the direction of its ADR Committee draft laws, rules and regulations for the State of Qatar to be promulgated by the Emir, Heir Apparent and Prime Minister in the area of adjudication in the construction industry.
2010 – 2011 Commissioned by the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland, Engineers Ireland, the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland and the Society of Chartered Surveyors to carry out a review of adjudication laws and best international practice and draft the Construction Contracts Bill for Senator Feargal Quinn of House of the Oireachtas.
2010 Thomson Reuters, lead author and contributor.
Arbitration in Lebanon: The Civil Law Practice (2013)

Published and distributed by Wildy, Simmonds & Hill of London this treatise offers a comprehensive coverage and systematic study of the principles, rules and legal aspects that regulate arbitration in the Lebanon with a comparative analysis of English and French arbitration laws and other leading arbitral rules.

Marc Sukkar
Domestic Arbitration in Lebanon, The Lebanese Review of Arab and International Arbitration, Vol 58.

Marc has written extensively on construction law and related topics including:

  • Privity of contract
  • Property defects and subsequent third party purchasers
  • EU procurement rules
  • Most forms of international construction contracts
Dispute Resolution
  • Challenging and enforcing adjudication decisions
  • Mediation in the GCC
  • Dispute boards
  • Impediments to arbitration in Lebanon
  • Jurisdictional challenges
  • Competence/Competence
  • Setting aside and enforcement of awards
  • Allegations of fraud
  • Barriers to renewable energy
  • Risk management in international oil and gas contracts
  • Environmental aspects of oil and gas law
  • CSR, M&A and corporate governance

Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru/Sociedad Peruana de Derecho de la Construcción/Solución de Controversias en el Sector de la Construcción

Date 22 – 23 May 2013
Location Lima, Peru
Speaker Statutory Adjudication in New South Wales, Australia
Panellist Adjudication and other ADR methods: are these the best practices to follow elsewhere?

Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution - American Arbitration Association

Date 13 – 14 February 2013
Location Abu Dhabi, UAE
Arbitrator 3rd Annual William C. Vis Middle East International Commercial Arbitration Pre-Moot

United Arab Emirates University College of Law

Date June 2012
Location Abu Dhabi, UAE
Lecturer Essentials of Arbitration and Litigation
  • English
  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London & Australia)
  • Society of Construction Law (Australia & UK)
  • King’s College Construction Law Association