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The Chambers of Alexander Nissen KC
Keating Chambers
15 ESSEX STREET
LONDON
WC2R 3AA
England

Position

Richard Harding KC has been described as “without a doubt the leading English barrister practising in the field of international arbitration of construction disputes in the Middle East and Gulf regions.” He studied Arabic and Persian at Oxford University and in Egypt, and was then called to the English Bar. He acts as counsel for governments, private employers, contractors  and professionals, and is regularly appointed as an arbitrator in international commercial matters.

His cases have related to:

  • Oil and gas projects – on and off shore
  • Railways
  • Airports
  • Roads
  • Civil engineering
  • Factories and process engineering
  • Power generation
  • Water infrastructure
  • Commercial and residential property
  • High rise buildings
  • Mining
  • Professional negligence
  • Marine structures and ports
  • IT systems
  • Dredging
  • A theme park

Richard Harding KC has a working knowledge of Arabic, German, Spanish, French, and some Persian. He regularly acts in cases, as either counsel or arbitrator, under the laws of the Middle East, and has particular experience of the laws of the UAE, Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait and Jordan.

As counsel, he is instructed by law firms (particularly from UK, the Middle East and USA) and also directly by in-house counsel and professionals. He has a particular interest in disputes relating to Iran.

He is the current and founder Chairman of the Society of Construction Law in the Arabian/ Persian Gulf, and is the Middle East co-ordinator for the ICC Task Force on the enforcement of foreign arbitration awards. He is also an acclaimed conference chairman and speaker.

Career

Called 1992; Middle Temple; chairman Society of Construction Law (Gulf); QC 2009.

Languages

Arabic, German, Spanish, French, Persian.

Memberships

TECBAR; COMBAR; LCLCBA; Society of Construction Law (UK); Society of Construction Law (Gulf); list of arbitrators of: ICC, LCIA, Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre, ACIC Tehran.

Education

Latymer Upper School; Pembroke College, Oxford (1990 MA Oxon Oriental Studies (Arabic, Persian)); University of Alexandria, Egypt; Common Professional Examination (1991).

Leisure

Richard Harding takes a close interest in all aspects of Middle Eastern culture, economics and politics, and follows cricket, rugby and motor sports.

Lawyer Rankings

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction

(Leading silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Richard Harding QCKeating ChambersRichard has exceptional experience and is a powerhouse in the Gulf region.’

 

Keating Chambers is a ‘leading set for construction disputes‘ and have ‘an excellent reputation‘. The set showcases extensive experience representing clients before DIFC courts and DIAC, ICC and LCIA arbitration proceedings for construction disputes involving anything from airports and high-rise buildings, to hotels and factories. Richard Harding QC specialises in construction and engineering disputes and has extensive experience handling disputes in the transport, energy and real estate sectors. Adam Constable QC is another key name to mention and focuses on shipbuilding and offshore construction work. Krista Lee QC has a strong engineering background and has experience advising on projects involving wind farms and power stations.

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Richard Harding KC – Keating Chambers ‘Richard is an outstanding construction lawyer and arbitrator. His knowledge of law and arbitration practice is vast. Highly skilled advocate who responds fully and without demur to the most difficult questions, whilst retaining his composure and pleasant manner.’

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading counsel as arbitrators)Ranked: Tier 2

Richard Harding KCKeating Chambers ‘An outstanding construction lawyer and arbitrator. His knowledge of law and arbitration practice is vast. He is a pleasure to work with. Highly skilled advocate who responds fully and without demur to the most difficult questions, whilst retaining his composure and pleasant manner.’

Keating Chambers is a ‘top construction set’ with ‘a number of outstanding arbitrators who are regularly appointed as tribunal members‘. Construction, infrastructure and energy dominate the agenda for the set’s full-time and part-time arbitrators who have extremely good credentials for arbitrating disputes in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Many of the set’s full time arbitrators were previously distinguished counsel in their own right, including Robert Gaitskell KC, John Marrin KC  and Marcus Taverner KC. Coupled with this is a deep bench of practicing barristers, including Veronique Buehrlen KC, Richard Harding KC and head of chambers, Alexander Nissen KC.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Richard Harding KCKeating Chambers ‘Richard is a first rate, detailed-focused thinker and a pleasure to work with. He can absolutely hold the room with his advocacy and presentational style.’