Alec Emmerson is a stalwart of the arbitration market in the UAE, and is singled out by peers as "an obvious choice" for arbitration matters.
Alec Emmerson is an international arbitrator. He previously practised as an English and Hong Kong-qualified solicitor and a legal consultant in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he is based. He was a partner at Clyde & Co from 1981 to 2008 and consultant until 2017.
Alec acted as party counsel in hundreds of arbitrations around the globe involving international trade, shipping, ship building, insurance and reinsurance, energy, commercial contracts, JVs, property, telecoms and infrastructure.
Since 2008, Alec has been appointed as co-arbitrator, chair or sole arbitrator in more than 160 arbitrations seated in a wide range of jurisdictions under the rules of ADCCAC, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, EMAC, GCCAC, ICC, LCIA, LMAA, SIAC and in ad hoc and UNCITRAL arbitrations.
Alec is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a CEDR-accredited mediator and a member of many institutional panels, including ADCCAC, AIAC (and certified adjudicator), BCDR, DIAC, EMAC, HKIAC, KCAB, SIAC (including emergency panel) and SZAC.
In November 2014, he became a trustee of the DIFC Arbitration Institute, and subsequently its chief executive; since 1 July 2015 he has been a member of the LCIA Court. He is a member of the ICC UAE commission on arbitration steering committee.
Alec speaks and writes widely on arbitration. He is the author of the Lexis Nexis Users’ Notes for the ADCCAC Rules (2014) and the Lexis Nexis Users’ Notes for the DIFC-LCIA Rules (2016).
He has been listed as a leading individual in arbitration by GAR since 2009 and is recommended in many other legal and arbitration directories. He was recently described as the "Dean of Arbitration" in Dubai.