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Nabeel Ikram

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Nabeel Ikram has nearly 2 decades of experience advising clients on contentious engineering and construction matters. He is vastly experienced in arbitration under a variety of rules, including DIAC, ICC, DIFC-LCIA, the LCIA as well as ad-hoc arbitrations.

Having had conduct of the first construction case before the DIFC Courts, as well as successfully representing clients on some of the largest and most complicated disputes the region has ever seen, it is little wonder Nabeel is highly regarded by his peers and lauded as a leading authority on engineering and construction matters across the Middle East. Although best known for his disputes practice he has drafted the contract documentation used by market-leading developers and negotiated on their behalf on some of the largest projects in the region. He also acts as project counsel for clients, assisting them with risk management and claims preparation in order to achieve their commercial objectives while avoiding a formal dispute.


Partner, Dubai, Hogan Lovells, 2016 - present
National Partner, Dubai, Dechert, 2012 - 2016


Solicitor, England and Wales.
Solicitor Advocate (which gives him full rights of audience in English Courts).
Registered Practitioner in the DIFC Courts with full rights of audience before the DIFC Courts.
Member, Society of Construction Law.
Listed as a qualified arbitrator with the Dubai International Arbitration Centre.


M.Sc. Construction Law and Arbitration, King's College London, 2003
M.A. Jurisprudence, University of Oxford, St Catherine's College, 1996

United Arab Emirates


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Nabeel Ikram - Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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At Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP, Nabeel Ikram handles non-contentious work, as well as disputes concerning alleged non-payments, extensions of time and final account disputes. Christopher Cross handles non-contentious work, including advising King's College Hospital on creating hospitals in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation

Alongside his construction practice, Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP's Nabeel Ikram handles DIFC and ADGM court cases on issues such as franchising, finance and hotel management agreements.

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