Alec Emmerson

Alec Emmerson
1406 Iris Bay, Business Bay
PO Box 31645
United Arab Emirates
+971 4 5655307


Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Lawyers

Alec Emmerson is an international arbitrator. He previously practised as an English and Hong Kong qualified solicitor and as 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 140 arbitrations seated in a wide range of jurisdictions under the rules of ADCCAC, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, 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 DIFC Arbitration Institute and subsequently its chief executive and from 1 July 2015 a member of the LCIA Court. In 2017 he became vice-chairman 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 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, most recently being described as the "Dean of Arbitration" in Dubai.

WWL says: A "leading name" in the UAE, Alec Emmerson is "on a different level" according to respondents who describe him as "a big name for arbitrator work".

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