Ahmed Ibrahim draws high praise from peers who commend his exceptional knowledge and understanding of construction-related arbitration proceedings.
Ahmed is a partner of Fenwick Elliott LLP and has been practising law since 1999. Fenwick Elliott is the largest construction and energy law firm in the UK, and one of the leading international law firms in international arbitration. Ahmed has been leading the expansion of the firm in the Middle East and North Africa, through its Dubai office since 2015.
Ahmed has vast experience in handling cases involving major construction, infrastructure and energy projects, often with significant sums of money in dispute. He has extensive experience in civil law jurisdictions with an in-depth understanding of local laws and practises in Arab countries.
Ahmed has represented regional and international high-profile clients in high-value disputes, and has advised clients for many years on projects in countries across the MENA region, including Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar, UAE, Afghanistan and Yemen.
His expertise includes acting as counsel or arbitrator in disputes across various industries, including healthcare, education, IT, transport, infrastructure, housing, commercial, retail, power, oil and gas, renewable energy, nuclear, mining, water and utilities.
Ahmed has handled cases under most major arbitration rules, including DIFC-LCIA, Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration and Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA). In addition to acting as counsel, he has served as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator or chairman of arbitral tribunals in more than 100 ad hoc and institutional arbitration cases.
Ahmed practises law in English and Arabic. He read law at Cairo University, the American University in Cairo, Queen Mary University of London and King’s College London. His studies particularly focused on arbitration and legal aspects in the construction industry.
He regularly publishes legal papers and speaks at conferences on topics concerning construction disputes, arbitration, local courts practices and standard forms of construction contracts, this includes events organised by FIDIC, the Society of Construction Law, the ICC and DIAC. Ahmed also delivers seminars to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building CIOB.
Ahmed was selected by the DIAC executive committee to design and deliver a training course on how to conduct arbitration under the DIAC Rules, which was offered for DIAC 40 forum for the purpose of preparing new arbitrators.
Ahmed has taught lectures on standard forms of construction contracts, international arbitration and UAE Civil Law. He is also a member of the advisory board of the MSc in construction law and dispute resolution at the British University in Dubai.
The Legal 500 describes him as “an excellent practitioner who combines deep construction knowhow with excellent arbitration expertise”.