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2 Temple Gardens’s Timothy Killen represents a former CEO of Stumpf Energy in an unpaid bonus and benefits case against his former employer in a matter heard before the Abu Dhabi Global Markets courts.

3 Verulam Buildings’s Christopher Harris and Georges Chalfoun, represented Algerian publicly owned oil and gas company Sonatrach. Jane Davies Evans represented Crescent Oil in an arbitration against the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq concerning the supply of gas. In addition, Saima Hanif handles defence work in DFSA investigations. Farhaz Khan has joined from Outer Temple Chambers.

4 New Square’s Timothy Chelmick is active in various disputes, including shareholder and insurance matters, including litigation before UAE federal free zone courts as well as arbitrations.

Devereux’s members have a track record of handling challenging employment law matters before the DIFC courts. Akash Nawbatt QC is particularly noted for handling cases concerning the system of penalties for late payments to employees under DIFC employment law.

Outer Temple Chambers’ Dr Ali Almihdar is dual-qualified in both the UK and Saudi Arabia – his work includes acting as a Saudi law expert.

At Quadrant Chambers, alongside work in arbitrations concerning insurance and supply contracts (some of which involve commodities), Guy Blackwood QC represented Taurus Petroleum in an arbitral award enforcement dispute with Iraq’s State Oil Marketing Company (SOMO) concerning the state immunity of central banks of oil-producing countries, and enforcement of arbitral awards against third-party debt.

Known primarily for heavyweight Chancery litigation in London, Serle Court handles similar matters in the DIFC courts. Rupert Reed QC is well-connected in Saudi Arabia: he represented Abdul Latif Jameel Transportation, a Saudi company, in successfully resisting an application for an anti-suit injunction brought by FedEx, concerning an arbitration over FedEx’s termination of its contract with the Saudi company in the wake of the FedEx-TNT merger.

XXIV Old Buildings has strong links to Dubai, with many of its more senior members instructed in groundbreaking DIFC cases and arbitrations. Michael Black QC and Andrew Holden successfully represented a person seeking an injunction to freeze a superyacht in connection with an English matrimonial case, while Tom Montagu-Smith QC continues to represent the Danish tax authorities in litigation against Elysium Global regarding an alleged $2bn tax reclaim fraud.

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