Ilham A. Kabbouri

Ilham A. Kabbouri


Email [email protected]​

Phone +971 52 949 5713

Fax +971 4 377 9378

LanguagesEnglish, French

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Clients look to Ilham Kabbouri to help them navigate complex global disputes - from preliminary advice right through to the rendering of the arbitral award and post-award proceedings. Acting for state-owned and private entities, Ilham is experienced in both high-value arbitrations spanning multiple jurisdictions and litigation cases before the English Courts and the UAE common law courts in the Dubai International Financial Centre and the Abu Dhabi Global Market.

While her practice centers on disputes resolution, Ilham regularly advises clients on non-contentious construction and engineering matters in the Middle East and Africa.

A key member of the Hogan Lovell’s Africa Practice, Ilham is active in the development of arbitration in Africa, and has assisted a number of African Governments with the creation and improvement of their arbitration legal framework. In 2020, she was recognised by the Association of Young Arbitrators as one of Africa's 50 Most Promising Young Arbitration Practitioners.

A strong advocate for diversity, Ilham is a member of the firm’s Steering Committee for women in arbitration, a member of the Africa Sub-Committee of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge, and is often a featured speaker on ethnic and gender diversity issues at arbitration conferences around the world.

Awards and recognitions


Africa's 50 Most Promising Young Arbitration Practitioners
Association of Young Arbitrators

Education and admissions


LPC, The University of Law, 2020

GDL, BPP Law School, 2018

L.L.M in International and Comparative Commercial Law, SOAS, University of London, 2015

LL.M., European Law, Université Catholique de Louvain, 2014

LL.B., Université Catholique de Louvain, 2012

Bar admissions and qualifications

Solicitor, England and Wales

Representative experience

Representing multiple respondents in ICC proceedings, defending claims by multiple claimants including a major Saudi private equity fund totalling USD175 m.

Representing a vertical transportation contractor in DIAC proceedings in a dispute concerning service contracts for a major infrastructure project.

Advising a leading developer in relation to an iconic tourist attraction in the GCC on a dispute with the contractor concerning its failure to complete the works within the scheduled time.

Representing the international branch of an African state owned telecom company before the DIFC Courts in opposing the enforcement of an ICC arbitration award.

Representing a shariah-compliant supply chain finance provider in DIFC Court proceedings in a dispute involving multiple parties including the bank, the end customer, the insurer and re-insurer.

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