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Nabeel Ikram


Nabeel Ikram

Ranked as a leading lawyer for construction and dispute resolution by The Legal 500, Chambers Global and Who's Who Legal, Nabeel 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. 

Nabeel has "sharp attention to every little detail, creative solutions and impressive communication skills." 

Chambers Global 2016

Representative experience

Acting for a contractor on a multi-billion dirham claim in DIAC arbitration proceedings in regard to a high profile mixed-use development in Dubai.

Acting for an employer in a multi-billion dirham claim in DIAC arbitration proceedings. The matter related to a major infrastructure project in the Middle East.

Representing a developer in ICC arbitration proceedings in relation to a AED120m extension of time dispute. The project related to twin towers in Dubai.

Representing a subcontractor in relation to a AED200m dispute against the main contractor following termination. The project related to a mixed-use development in Dubai.

Representing an employer in LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to a dispute concerning the refurbishment of an offshore oil production facility in Qatar.

Acting for an employer in ad hoc arbitration proceedings in respect of claims made by a contractor in relation to an infrastructure project in Dubai.

Advising and negotiating on behalf of a developer for the contract documentation for a design and build project comprising an office and residential tower in Dubai.

Reviewing and updating the standard forms of construction contracts for a developer and advising on the same in relation to major infrastructure works in the UAE.

Education and admissions


  • M.Sc., King's College London, 2003
  • M.A., University of Oxford, St Catherine's College, 1996

Court admissions

  • England and Wales

2015, 2016 & 2017

Ranked as a Leading Individual in construction

Legal 500

2015, 2016 & 2017

Ranked as a Leading Individual in construction

Who's Who Legal

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