Middle East

Our members are familiar with and regularly act in matters both within jurisdictions in the Middle East and in matters involving clients from that region. These matters span the full range of our specialisms, with recent experience in substantial matters raising issues of banking and finance, commercial crime, construction, energy and infrastructure, civil fraud, and professional negligence.

A number of our members (both seniors and juniors) are registered to practice in the Dubai International Financial Centre (‘DIFC’) and are presently involved in some of the largest ongoing and ground-breaking claims in this developing jurisdiction. By way of example, current clients include both ‘Big Four’ accountancy firms, major regional banks, and liquidators of former members of the Abraaj Group.

We are also regularly involved in matters proceeding through the Abu Dhabi Global Market (‘ADGM’) courts, with some of our members holding positions on the ADGM Appeals Panel.

Members are also currently acting on numerous multi-jurisdictional disputes proceeding in both the English Courts and Middle Eastern jurisdictions. By way of example, members of Fountain Court are acting for multiple parties in Public Institution for Social Security of Kuwait v Man Group Plc & Ors, one of the largest ever disputes to be heard in the Commercial Court, said to be worth over £600 billion and involving allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption concerning misconduct in the investment of billions of dollars.

Our experience in the region also extends beyond litigation, with many members regularly acting in arbitrations taking place in the Middle East, as both counsel and arbitrator, including in the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation & Arbitration Centre (‘ADCCAC’), the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (‘DIAC’) and the DIFC arm of the London Centre of International Arbitration (as it then was).

For more information on our experience in the Middle East, or to discuss a specific enquiry, please contact our clerking team.



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