Dubai Disputes Drive – Hogan Lovells Grows Middle East Practice

Hogan Lovells is growing its Middle East disputes practice with the hire of arbitration partner Nabeel Ikram in Dubai.

Starting with the firm on 18 July, Nabeel is an English-qualified solicitor advocate and a highly-regarded disputes practitioner in the Middle East.

Specializing in construction and engineering, and transport and infrastructure disputes he brought the first construction case in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts, and has also acted as counsel on some of the largest and most complicated disputes the region has seen.

In addition he has successfully advised clients on some of the region's highest-profile developments, focusing on risk management and claims preparation to assist in the avoidance of formal disputes.

Nabeel will build upon Hogan Lovells' highly-regarded global disputes practice, focusing on disputes in the Middle East.

Michael Davison, Head of Litigation and Arbitration, said:

"As an experienced disputes practitioner in two of the region's primary industries, construction and engineering, and transport and infrastructure, Nabeel will be a great asset to our global disputes team.


"We have a long history of working on investigations in the region and have had an office in Dubai for nearly a decade so we're able to provide a deep understanding of local law and the commercial environment coupled with international know-how."

Nabeel Ikram said:

"The international arbitration practice at Hogan Lovells is world-leading and this is the ideal opportunity for me to help build a strong Middle East offering as part of that.

"It's a joy to be returning to the firm where I started my career, and I'm very much looking forward to working with the team in Dubai and around the world".

Nabeel is experienced in a wide variety of dispute resolution methods, from resolving issues without resort to formal dispute resolution, to mediation, adjudication, litigation, and arbitration. He has represented clients in arbitrations in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe under the major institutional rules such as Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the Dubai International Financial Centre-London Court of International Arbitration (DIFC-LCIA), the International Court of Arbitration (ICC), and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) as well as many ad-hoc arbitrations.

Recent cases include successfully representing the developer of a large mixed-use site in Dubai in respect of its claims against a contractor following the termination of a sub-contract, in DIAC arbitration proceedings. He also recently successfully represented an employer in ad-hoc arbitration proceedings relating to claims arising out of a large infrastructure project in Dubai.

Nabeel was formerly a national partner at Dechert in Dubai and has almost a decades' experience of international arbitration and litigation in the UAE having previously worked at Clyde & Co and Dewey & Leboeuf in Dubai after starting his career in the UK with Hogan Lovells (formerly Lovell White Durrant).


Orla O'Donovan

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