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Arbitration Division

Established in 2020, the Arbitration Division is mandated to accommodate the rapidly increasing number of arbitration-related cases. Similar to the Technology & Construction Division (TCD) launched in 2017, the Arbitration Division is Chaired by HE Justice Shamlan Al Sawalehi and leverages dedicated judicial and registry oversight and case management expertise. Streamlining the arbitration-related cases under the new division has also led to increased efficiency of process, with the ability to swiftly review applications for interim measures and injunctive relief mechanisms.

With its extensive national, regional, and global connectivity, the DIFC Courts empowers its specialised Arbitration Division to leverage existing enforcement expertise, helping to ensure certainty of recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards.

To bolster the Arbitration Division, the DIFC Courts has also launched an Arbitration Working Group in 2020, the first court in the region to introduce such an initiative. The panel of experts are tasked with reinforcing and sharing developments and best-practices, encompassing an advisory team of arbitration professionals, bodies, centres, educational institutions, and industry-related organisations.

Chair

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DIFC Courts

HE Justice Shamlan Al Sawalehi

Deputy Chairperson

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DIFC Courts

Nour Hineidi Registrar

Members

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Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)

Rashid Shahin Director

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DIFC Arbitration Institute (DAI)

Alec Emmerson Chief Executive & Trustee

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Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Taghrid Ashrafi Senior Legal Counsel

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Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIAC), UAE Branch

Leonora Riesenburg Chair

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Middlesex University Dubai

Dr Tenia Kyriazi SFHEA Deputy Director, Academic Operations

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Dubai Holding

Hussain Hadi Head of LexisNexis Publishing Middle East

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Dubai Holding

Edward Sunna Chief Legal Officer

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Clyde & Co

Nassif BouMalhab Partner

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Clifford Chance

Paul Coates Partner

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Reed Smith

Michelle Nelson Partner

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Vinson & Elkins

Amir Ghaffari Partner

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Mayer Brown International

Alain Farhad Partner

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Hadef & Partners

Adrian Chadwick Partner

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DLA Piper

Henry Quinlan Partner

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Herbert Smith Freehills

Stuart Paterson Partner

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Al Tamimi & Co.

Sara Koleilat-Aranjo Senior Associate

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Shane Jury Associate

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Fichte & Co

Jasmin Fichte Managing Partner

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Serle Court

Rupert Reed QC

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XXIV Old Buildings

Michael Black QC

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XXIV Old Buildings

Tom Montagu-Smith QC

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