Alec Emmerson

Independent Arbitrator

Alec Emmerson is a well-known international arbitrator based in Dubai with particular experience in the Middle East and Asia.

He was a disputes lawyer with Clyde & Co from 1977 until the end of 2017. He worked in Guildford, London, Hong Kong (1984 to 1996) and Dubai (1999 to 2017).  As party counsel Alec handled hundreds of institutional and ad hoc arbitrations in many different jurisdictions. Since retiring early as a partner and becoming a consultant in 2008 he has sat as a sole or co-arbitrator or chair in close to 150 arbitrations across a wide range of commercial sectors and jurisdictions including in London & Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia. 

Since 1 January 2018 he has worked as a full-time arbitrator and mediator with ADR Management Consultancies.

He is a member of the LCIA Court and a Trustee and Chief Executive of DIFC Arbitration Institute.

Alec has been listed as a leading arbitrator by GAR since 2009 and is platinum ranked by Newton Arbitration where he is called the ‘Dean of Arbitration’.

Lara Hammoud

Senior Legal Counsel, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Arbitrator

Lara Hammoud has been practicing international arbitration for seventeen years. She is currently a Senior Legal Counsel in the Disputes Department of the Legal and Compliance Unit of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). She also acts as arbitrator in cases under the auspices of leading international and regional arbitration institutions. Lara is a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. She is the writer and editor of numerous articles and books relating to international arbitration and also regularly appears as speaker in international conferences and arbitration workshops.


Sana Belaïd

Senior Legal Counsel, Cisco, Dubai Member of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC

Alex Bevan

Shearman & Sterling

Charlotte Bijlani

Watson Farley & Williams

Michael Black QC

XXIV Old Buildings

Adrian Cole

King & Spalding

Michael Cover

ArbDB Chambers

Alain Farhad

Squire Patton Boggs

Amir Ghaffari

Vinson & Elkins

Julian Haslam-Jones

Director, HKA Global

Sami Houerbi

Houerbi Law Firm

Akram Abu El Huda

General Counsel and Director of Compliance, CICON

Céline Abi Habib Kanakri

Baker McKenzie

Sam Karim QC

Kings Chambers

Mahmood Hussain

Mahmood Hussain Law Firm

Steven Law


Charles Lilley

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Nagla Nassar

Nassar Law

Dyfan Owen


Kim Rosenberg

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Marion Smith QC

39 Essex Chambers


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs’ opening remarks

Alec Emmerson, Independent Arbitrator
Lara Hammoud, Senior Legal Counsel, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Arbitrator

9.40: Session one: Claims management in oil and gas infrastructure projects

This session will focus on two issues: firstly, how to avoid claims at the early stages of a construction project in the first place; and secondly, how to best handle claims during performance of the contract to avoid escalation of disputes.

Questions they are expected to discuss include:

  • How do parties know how to select the best contractors?
  • What aspects must be considered when selecting effective FEED consultants?
  • What are the best strategies from both the employer’s and contractor’s perspective when it comes to how and when to submit a claim?
  • What is the best way for parties to avoid variations?
  • Good faith – what role does it have to play?

Lara Hammoud, Senior Legal Counsel, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Arbitrator

Alex Bevan, Shearman & Sterling
Charlotte Bijlani, Watson Farley & Williams
Julian Haslam-Jones, HKA
Steven Law, BDO

10.55: Coffee break

11.30: Session two: The arbitrators’ panel: An insight from experienced practitioners

During this session we will gather a group of distinguished and reputable arbitrators for a unique discussion on the current hot topics in international arbitration.

Alec Emmerson, Independent Arbitrator

Michael Black QC, XXIV Old Buildings
Adrian Cole, King & Spalding
Michael Cover, ArbDB Chambers
Sami Houerbi, Houerbi Law Firm
Nagla Nassar, Nassar Law

12.45: Networking lunch sponsored by Vinson & Elkins

14.00: Session three: Conflicts of interest and disclosure

When it comes to the duty of disclosure what must be considered? What exactly is the scope of soft law and what should be taken into account when it comes to conflicts of interest? Our panel will consider recent case law on these issues and how this looks from the perspectives of arbitral institutions versus parties and practitioners.

Sam Karim QC, Kings Chambers

Sana Belaid, Senior Counsel, Cisco
Amir Ghaffari, Vinson & Elkins
Mahmood Hussain, Mahmood Hussain Law Firm
Dyfan Owen, Ashurst
Marion Smith QC, 39 Essex Chambers

15.15: Coffee break

15.45: Session four: Document production – is it harming arbitration proceedings?

Is the outcome of document production generally worth the time and cost incurred? What added value does it provide? Our panellists will discuss tactics and strategies and the challenges that arbitrators face when negotiating these issues.

Alain Farhad, Squire Patton Boggs

Akram Abu El Huda, General Counsel and Director of Compliance, CICON
Céline Abi Habib Kanakri, Baker McKenzie
Charles Lilley, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Kim Rosenberg, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

17.15: Chairs' closing remarks

Alec Emmerson, Independent Arbitrator
Lara Hammoud, Senior Legal Counsel, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Arbitrator

17.30 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception hosted by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Further information

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  • "I was a first time attendee and I liked the approach. Very different from the usual conference format" Jan Schaefer, King & Spalding  


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