Alec Emmerson is an international arbitrator, an English and Hong Kong qualified solicitor and a legal consultant in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He was a partner at Clyde & Co from 1981 until 2008, spending 13 years as managing partner in Hong Kong from 1983 until 1996 and based in Dubai from 1999 as head of dispute resolution for the firm in the Middle East. Since 2008 he has been a consultant with the firm and an independent arbitrator. Alec has acted as party counsel in hundreds of arbitrations involving international trade, shipping and ship building, insurance and reinsurance, energy, commercial contracts, JV’s, property, telecommunications and infrastructure. He has unique experience spanning the UK and Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Since 2008 Alec has been appointed regularly as co-arbitrator, chair or sole arbitrator in more than 100 arbitrations under the Rules of ADCCAC, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ICC and SIAC, as well as in ad hoc/UNCITRAL arbitrations involving joint ventures, commercial contracts, investments, property, infrastructure, construction, employment, shipping and ship building.
He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a CEDR-accredited mediator and a member of many institutional panels including ADCCAC, BCDR, DIAC, HKIAC, KCAB, KLRCA (and certified adjudicator), SIAC (Including emergency panel) and SZAC.
In November 2014 he became a trustee of the DIFC Arbitration Institute and from 1 July 2015 a member of the LCIA Court.
He has authored many articles for trade publications and client updates, appears on business TV and radio and is a regular conference speaker. He has been listed as a leading individual by GAR since 2009 and is described by Chambers as a “disputes czar” and “One of the most acclaimed, trusted and respected names in the market”. He is recommended in many other directories.
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