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Serle Court
6 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3QS
England

Work Department

Barrister specialising in Arab laws.

Position

Specialist areas of practice concern Arab laws, comparative commercial law, arbitration. Important cases include: Dubai Bank Ltd v Galadari (High Court), (Expert); Westacre Investments v Jogoimport (High Court), (Expert); State of Kuwait v Getty Oil (New York), (Counsel for Kuwait); Aminoil v State of Kuwait, (arbitration), (Counsel for Aminoil); Westland Helicopters v Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, (arbitration), (Counsel for Westland); Kuwait Oil Tanker Cov Albadr & Ors (expert); NECC v Lucent (US New Jersey) (Expert Saudi law); APEX v FI Call & Ors [2013] (Saudi law); Standard Bank PLC v EFAL and Ors [2014] (Kuwaiti law); Kuwait Finance House v David John Teece [2014/2015] (Bahraini law); plus arbitrations as chairman and arbitrator.

Career

Called 1977 (formerly solicitor), Inner Temple; also visiting professor of Arab Laws, SOAS, University of London. Publications include ‘Legal Development in Arabia’; ‘Commercial Law in the Arab Middle East’; ‘A Register of Laws of the Arabian Gulf; ‘Essays and Addresses on Arab Laws’. Formerly member of Bar of Kuwait, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates.

Languages

Arabic, French.

Memberships

COMBAR; IBA (Honorary chairman Arab Region Forum).

Education

Dulwich College; Trinity Hall, Cambridge (MA).

Leisure

Painting, skiing, sailing; member Oriental Club, Livery Club.