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Editorial

Index of tables

  1. Leading silks
  2. 2019 silks
  3. Leading juniors

Leading silks

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    • Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe appears in agenda-setting DIFC cases.
    • Guy Blackwood QC - Quadrant ChambersHis practice includes commodity and insurance instructions.
    • Andrew Burns QC - DevereuxHe appears in leading DIFC employment cases.
    • Anneliese Day QC - Fountain Court ChambersHer practice includes financial and professional services cases in the DIFC.
    • Chirag Karia QC - Quadrant ChambersInstructed in international trade disputes centring on the Middle East, both as counsel and arbitrator.
    • Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsInstructed in arbitrations concerning nations across the Arab world.
    • Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe has sanctions and financial crime expertise.
    • Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsOne of the best cross-examiners at the Bar today – he is devastating in action.
    • Tom Montagu-Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHis work includes high-profile DIFC commercial cases.
    • Akash Nawbatt QC - DevereuxHe has a track record in employment law in free zones.
    • Rupert Reed QC - Chambers of Alan Boyle QC‘He stands out because of his unique ability to cross linguistic and cultural gaps in cases connected to the region.’
    • Rupert Reed QC - Serle CourtHe stands out because of his unique ability to cross linguistic and cultural gaps in cases connected to the region.
    • Robert-Jan Temmink QC - Quadrant ChambersHis practice includes DIFC litigation as well as arbitration.
    • Robert Thomas QC - Quadrant ChambersInstructed in shipping and commodities arbitrations.
    • Steven Thompson QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe handles commercial disputes in free zone courts.

2019 silks

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    • Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsSharp, with the right balance between technical ability and strategic sense.

Leading juniors

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    • Dr Ali Almihdar - Outer Temple ChambersHe has expertise in Saudi-related matters.
    • Yash Bheeroo - 3 Verulam BuildingsInstructed in challenging cases with fraud elements.
    • Benjimin Burgher - Outer Temple ChambersHe has DIFC and ADGM employment law expertise.
    • Georges Chalfoun - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe has a commercial and arbitration practice many silks would envy.
    • Timothy Chelmick - 4 New SquareHis work includes shareholder, insurance, and asset-tracing matters.
    • Jane Davies Evans - 3 Verulam BuildingsA brilliant litigator, both in preparation at examining experts in complex cases.
    • Arshad Ghaffar - XXIV Old BuildingsInvolved in both DIFC litigation and arbitration too.
    • Saima Hanif - 3 Verulam BuildingsHer work includes free zone regulatory matters.
    • Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam BuildingsA barrister with a track record of DIFC and ADGM commercial cases.
    • Timothy Killen - 2TG – 2 Temple GardensVery clever and engaging – he knows his areas very well.
    • James Potts - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis work includes complex DIFC financial services cases.
    • Mark Wassouf - 3 Verulam BuildingsA real team player – always considered and thoughtful, even in the most stressful conditions.
    • James Weale - Chambers of Alan Boyle QC‘He handles DIFC arbitrations and civil fraud cases.’
    • James Weale - Serle CourtHe handles DIFC arbitrations and civil fraud cases.
    • Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old BuildingsInstructed in DIFC courts cases.

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2TG – 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.

Fountain Court Chambers’ Anneliese Day QC represented a global law firm in a professional negligence claim brought in the DIFC courts by an Middle Eastern bank, which concerned solicitors’ duties when providing commercial advice – the matter settled.

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, Chambers of Alan Boyle QC 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.

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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