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Alec Emmerson


Alec Emmerson is an independent arbitrator with a wealth of experience in England/Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In a career spanning 40 years with Clyde & Co, an international law firm with one of the largest arbitration practices globally, Alec was an associate and then partner in England for 7 years, managing partner for Asia, based in Hong Kong, for more than 12 years, international partner with strategic responsibility for the firm’s offices outside the UK for 3 1/2 years (based in London) and finally a partner and consultant for 18 years based in Dubai where he moved to develop the firm’s MENA disputes practice. He was also a member of the firm’s global arbitration executive from its formation until the end of 2017.


Alec has acted as party counsel in hundreds of arbitrations. Since 2008 when he became a part time consultant for the firm in order to be able to sit more regularly as an arbitrator he has also sat in more than 130 arbitrations as co-arbitrator, chair or sole arbitrator.

Alec lives and has his office in Dubai but sits as an arbitrator in England, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia in disputes subject to a wide range of substantive and procedural laws across many business sectors.

Since 2015 he has been a trustee and chief executive of DIFC Arbitration Institute and a member of the LCIA Court.

In 2017 he became vice chairman of the ICC – UAE Commission on Arbitration and ADR.

Alec is credited with a no-nonesense style and a very diligent work ethic and approach to arbitration and mediation. Directories have described him as “disputes czar” , “the godfather of litigation” , “the dean of arbitration” and “incredibly knowledgeable”. He speaks and writes widely on arbitration topics.